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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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Cinematic Border Crossings in Two Bengals

Cinematic Border Crossings in Two Bengals

Cultural Translation as Communalization?

(p.123) 7 Cinematic Border Crossings in Two Bengals
Travels of Bollywood Cinema


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This chapter focuses on the connections between Bangladeshi and West-Bengali popular film production and their transnationalization and localization efforts. The remakes of Bangladeshi film melodramas in the West Bengal film industry are examined as the ‘transnationalizing‘ symptoms of these two cinemas that are linguistically defined. The West-Bengali films that are remade from Bangladeshi films from the 1920s till the end of the twentieth century, pose a problem for researchers: these films share the same language and time with the originals and differ only in terms of culture. More precisely, the remade films are intended for consumption in a different context: contemporary West Bengal. The chapter seeks to understand the cultural translation happening through such remaking of ‘Bangladeshi’ films addressing a different, non-Bangladeshi audience and viewing context.

Keywords:   India, Bangladesh, Dhaka Muslim socials, remakes, Bengal cinema

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