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Bollywood in the Age of New Media

The Geo-televisual Aesthetic

Anustup Basu

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This study tracks the evolution of 'Bollywood style' in popular Indian cinema between 1991 and 2004. In addressing the social, political and economic implications of this cinematic revolution, Basu finds the frontier of modernisation in the subcontinent today and explains how some features of Bollywood can actually be connected to conservative Brahminical imaginations of class, caste, or gender hierarchies.

This comprehensive account of present-day India caught between brave new silicon valleys and farmer suicides will appeal to academics and students alike across a broad range of disciplines, including film, cultural and postcolonial studies.

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Section I: Introduction
1. Cinematic 'Assemblages': The Nineties and Earlier
2. The Geo-televisual and Hindi Film in the Age of Information
Section II: Informatics, Sovereignty and the Cinematic City
3. Allegories of Power/Information
4. The Music of Intolerable Love: Indian Film Music, Globalization, and the Sound of Partitioned Selves
Section III: Myth and Repetition
5. Technopolis and the Ramayana: New Temporalities
6. Repetitions with Difference: Mother India and her Thousand Sons

About the Author

Anustup Basu is Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.