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Travels of Bollywood CinemaFrom Bombay to LA$
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Anjali Gera Roy and Chua Beng Huat

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198075981

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075981.001.0001

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Cultural Flows, Travelling Shows

Cultural Flows, Travelling Shows

Bombay Talkies, Global Times

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Travels of Bollywood Cinema


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This chapter relocates Bollywood's transnationalization in a form of ‘internationalism’ structuring Hindi film's borrowings from the Phalke era. Suggesting that contemporary global flows are not from Hollywood to Bollywood but also from Bollywood to Hollywood, it demystifies the theory of the unidirectional flow of globalization and cites Slumdog Millionaire to make a strong case for the intensification of its reverse or ‘contra’ flow. The difference between Hollywood and Bollywood is not cosmetic but structural, and even civilizational, which is expressed as an aesthetic alterity.

Keywords:   transnationalization, internationalism, Hindi film, Phalke era, Hollywood, Globalization, Slumdog Millionaire

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