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Seduced by the FamiliarNarration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema$
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M.K. Raghavendra

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195696547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195696547.001.0001

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Narrative Convention and Form

Narrative Convention and Form

(p.24) 1 Narrative Convention and Form
Seduced by the Familiar

M.K. Raghavendra

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks into the regarded ‘constant features’ of Indian popular cinema. Here the essential features of popular cinema are identified to understand the transformations in the narrative patterns of popular cinema. This is done in relation to the social transformations that India underwent where the perceived ‘constants’ of the popular media underwent tweaking to cope with the changing social structure of the Indian society. The chapter mainly focuses on the methods employed by Indian popular cinema, in particular the narrative strategies and frameworks employed by these films. The representation of space and time and the narrative logic of both Hollywood and Bollywood films are contrasted to pinpoint the identifying traits that make Indian popular cinema unique.

Keywords:   popular cinema, constant features, narrative pattern and framework, narrative strategy and logic, representation of space, representation of time

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