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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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The First Years of Independence

The First Years of Independence

Birth of a Nation

(p.102) 3 The First Years of Independence
Seduced by the Familiar

M.K. Raghavendra

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the prevailing methods and themes in Indian cinema after 1947. In this period, the mythological and social melodramatic-centred films of the early 1930s and 1940s were preceded by Independence melodrama and heightened moral polarization—a transformation that found its root within the emerging notion of an independent nation. Indian films dealt with social experiences dominating this period by allegorising them into familial terms and themes. One of the most significant Indian filmmakers of this period was Raj Kapoor, who incorporated social and governmental conflicts within the folds of familial conflict. Class conflict, political advocacy and conflict, and the concept of an independent nation were embedded within familial conflict, oedipal conflict, romance and sacrifice, and in metaphors and allegories.

Keywords:   post-1947, Independence melodrama, independent nation, moral polarization, Raj Kapoor, class conflict, political conflict, familial conflict, oedipal conflict

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