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The urban experience in India through the lens of popular Bombay cinema. BOMBAY CINEMA: An Archive of the City
Ranjani Mazumdar University of Minnesota Press | 312 pages | 2007
ISBN 978-0-8166-4941-9 | hardcover | $67.50
ISBN 978-0-8166-4942-6 | paperback | $22.50
Cinema is not only a major industry in India, it is a powerful cultural force. In Bombay Cinema, Ranjani Mazumdar takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding Bombay cinema as the unofficial archive of the city in India. In this analysis, Mazumdar reveals a complex postnationalist world, convulsed by the social crisis of the 1970s and transformed by the experience of globalization in the 1990s.
“Bombay Cinema is an inspired account of Hindi films as a rich and textured archive of modern urban life in India. Challenging the nationalist idealization of the village, its ingenious portrayal of the cinematic city conclusively shows that urban modernity stands at the center of the Indian postcolonial experience. A true gem.” —Gyan Prakash
“Investigating urban types—angry young men, dangerous psychotics, street loafers, prostitutes, yuppies, and gangsters—Ranjani Mazumdar shows how recent Indian cinema provided an archive of urban spaces and of the trauma of a deep social disillusionment. From claustrophobic alleyways and slum dwellings to the ‘panoramic’ apartments whose vast interior sets shelter middle-class families from encounters with the chaos of the street, Mazumdar describes an urban space imploding under the pressure of globalization and new technology. She has produced an important work not only on Indian cinema but also on the cinematic city.” —Tom Gunning