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The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium
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The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation

M K Raghavendra


Mainstream Hindi film, which transformed after the economic liberalization of 1991, is unrecognizable in the new millennium. The rise of the English language to a position of dominance has played a key role here. Hindi cinema, which played a unifying ‘national’ role after 1947 by addressing an undifferentiated public, is now divided. With the multiplex revolution and the rising incomes of the ascendant classes, Hindi cinema is addressing a public which has more in common with Indians in the diaspora than with its compatriots a few hundred miles away. At the same time, there is another kind of ... More

Keywords: Bollywood, ideology, politics of Indian cinema, globalization and Indian film, English language in India, interpreting Indian cinema, economic liberalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199450565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M K Raghavendra, author
Film Critic, Researcher, and Scholar