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Bollywood Nation Summary ç 0 æ [Download] ✤ Bollywood Nation By Vamsee Juluri – 100 years of popular cinema from Raja Harischandra to Peepli LiveBollywood Nation charts the evolution of Indian cinema from its mythological films in the early twentieth century to its world class ga years of popular cinema from Raja HariscStigates why and how our films have become so deeply embedded in the nation's popular imagination Is it merely that cinema is the only common form of mass national culture in a country that does not have either a common language or a common religion or is it entw. David Ansen the famous film critic once wrote We are the movies and the movies are us This certainly holds true for Indians We laugh and cry with our movies We experience love hatred fear and a myriad of other emotions when we are at the movies They are the one song we all are singing albeit in different languages It therefore comes as no surprise that Vamsee Juluri renowned author and professor uses cinema as a prism though which to view India His book is called Bollywood Nation India through Its Cinema There is no dearth of books on Bollywood It is a popular subject that has inspired a lot of writing However most books deal rather superficially with the content and tone of films This is where Vamsee Juluri’s book differs In the introduction to the book he says that it is not so much a history of Indian cinema and its stars as much as a study of India through its cinema Vamsee explores the important themes that run through Indian films right from Dadasaheb Phalke's Raja Harishchandra1913 to Peepli Live2010 He has divided this nearly hundred year period neatly into four sub periods based on the most important predilection at that time for the cinema and India in general These are God Country Home and World in chronological order While it is nobody's point that all the films made in a particular period belong to the same theme there has always been a dominant theme that has explicitly or implicitly influenced subject selection and treatment by filmmakers of that time This uniue structure helps Vamsee to not only explore the stories and how they have been told in films but also “situate some of these meanings in the context of broader uestions about India’s experiences of postcolonial modernity” While the book focuses only on popular cinema and not art or parallel cinema the tone is semi academic Vamsee first builds his theories and then uotes examples from films The first theme God is also called the founding theme of Indian cinema because most of the initial films were about God or mythology While it is true that God helps sell a film; that is not the only reason for the theme It also has to do with the centrality of God to Indian life and thinking at the time cinema started in India and this centrality survives to a large extent till today Vamsee provides several examples to show how films have adhered to the idea of God as “One and many” Hinduism is a largely henotheistic religion – believing in one God without denying the existence of others A large number of films have been made about Krishna Rama Shiva Ganesha Hanuman the Goddesses and saints but none of them take a monotheistic view – arguing that only one of them is God and no one else or a polytheistic view – depicting each of the Gods as separate and eual They confirm to the Hindu sensibility about God being one but making himself accessible to human mind in countless forms We also see how films adopted and propagated Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of truth as God which is amusing because Mahatma Gandhi famously disliked films Through the freedom struggle post independence era of nation building and even today in the age of globalization cinema has been preoccupied with the idea of India – what the country means or ought to mean to us The political and social conditions in the country have influenced films For example the book argues that after Nehru’s passing away in 1964 idealism in politics was replaced by power pursuit; the youth was confronted with unemployment inflation poverty and homelessness and that this was responsible for fading out of the romantic hero best represented by Rajesh Khanna and its replacement by an angry young man in the form of Amitabh Bacchhan This character was best laid out in films like Zanjeer Sholay Deewar and Don Under the theme of home Vamsee traces the rise of television in the eighties spurred on by the live telecast of the 1982 Asian games A number of path breaking serials like Hum Log Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi Bu

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Ined with greater social cultural and spiritual aspirationsBy narrating the story of India through the stories that our films tell us Vamsee Juluri posits cinema as the voice of the nation and examines how it has shaped our understanding of our place in the world. It's not that 'Bollywood Nation' is not heavy or info packed but the fluidity of the arguments comes to the reader's supportI guess it's uite evident that I liked the book for its flow but it's useful for one important reason It gives you a basic notion of what has happened till now in the film industry is based on a pattern and once you understand it you are ready to predict the next stage of films and their contentAn attempt to see the best in our films or at least the best in us that our films have shown us This book takes you through the phases that the Bollywood industry has gone through The author takes popular movies over the years and talks about their relationship their times The book tells us about how much our films reflects not only the social history of our times but also our negotiations and struggles with broader dilemmas as human beings We should not get confused ‘Bollywood Nation’ is purely an academic work but it has been presented and written in such a way which engages all sorts of readers The writing tone adopted by Juluri is humble and that sometimes gives reader the sense that they have become a part of the book now“so long as Hindi films are watched and their songs sung India will survive” Ramachandra Guha India after Gandhi 2007

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Bollywood NationYears of popular cinema from Raja Harischandra to Peepli LiveBollywood Nation charts the evolution of Indian cinema from its mythological films in the early twentieth century to its world class gangster and terrorist melodramas of today In doing so the book inve. Torn between 3 stars and 4 stars for this one Soa 35This is a book that Indian Cinema deserves a book that underlines common themes of cinema along the last century and relates them to the existing socio economic situation in the country Media shapes and reflects the shared reality of a society While this is a known abstract fact it was fun to see this happen in Indian Context From the days of nehruvian era of nation building to a globalized india of ambitious young people this book shows the intertwined jouneys of india and its cinemaThough the theme of the book was fresh for some reason it didn't make for a deeply engaging read I don't really blame the writer here but I would say this book would have made better as a documentary I also felt that the book was mostly limited to Hindi and Telugu cinema It would have been nice to read about other film industries too It takes some effort to get through the book but it does feel rewarding at the end to have a new insight on Indian cinema and its journey