Faculty of Arts
Bollywood and Beyond
Focuses on significant Indian films and South Asian diasporic filmmaking. The course explores the aesthetics and politics of the Hindi commercial cinema in independent India, movies produced in India outside the Bollywood system and films made in the UK and USA. Film culture is understood through historical and contemporary debates about the following: the colonial, postcolonial and transnational; nationalism and popular culture; modernity, the village and the city; gender, sexuality and the family; caste and class; the politics of religion; multiculturalism.
Films discussed in the course include: Awara (Raj Kapoor, 1951); Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955); Deewar (Yash Chopra, 1974); Mirch Masala (Ketan Mehta, 1986); Bombay (Mani Ratnam, 1995); Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (Aditya Chopra, 1995); Fire (Deepa Mehta, 1997); Lage Raho Munnabhai (Rajkumar Hirani, 2006); Peepli Live (Anusha Rizvi, 2010); Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair 1991); My Son the Fanatic (Udayan Prasad, UK, 1997).
Coordinator(s) Dr Nabeel Zuberi
FTVMS 216: 15.0 points
Either FTVMS 100 and 101, or ASIAN 100 and 15 further points in Asian Studies