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Bombay Films

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York University
MUSI 1500
Ravi Naimpally

Bombay Films The Cinema as Metaphor for Indian Society and PoliticsIntroductionCinema is a legitimate metaphor for society perception helps us to understand society betterUnderstanding will help us observe A How Indians perceive themselves role models values behavior dress and speech how they perceive significant features of their society religious revivalism law and order the emergence the south and its stars the fortunes of the Indian minorities like MuslimsB how current Indian films mirror Indias role and perception of itself as a big brother or regional power in South Asia and impact on neighboring countriesPakistan their cinema and societySimplify issues and draw broad categories because societies complex customs different religions and races of South Asia will overwhelm our task Bombay has been largest film center of the world followed by Calcutta and Madrasone of the most popular varied and successful industries After 1947City with European influences and pretensions English drama and poetry Outside ideasWestern Englishstimulated and synthesized with Indian ones Demons avatars gods and spirits of 3 thousand years of Indian mythology mingled with contemporarywestern Marxist ideas and icons Dynamics of Indian cinemaEclecticism Syncretism Cinema suggests societies are part real and falseMarlene Dietrich inspires Indias first major Technicolor film 750 films are made yearly in 72 studios and shown in 1200 cinemas South Asian Societythink of the summary as years passing by how cinema changed Characterized by 2 interconnected featuresRapid changes urbanization rise of communalism growth of new classesBreakdown of older structures law and order feudal caste and class1947independence of India creation of Pakistan1971 Pakistan broke into two India emerged as dominantNehru encouraged and supported the stars attending award giving ceremonies photographic sessionsHis ideas and values were used and parodied Words and concepts of new nationnew era new light love oppression injustice nonviolence peace duty and mother India Popular songs were quite different but were still melancholy and sorrowfulUnderneath the schlock ran simple contrasting themes notable in earlier filmsGood and evil tradition and modernity These internal themes ensured universal response Love and tolerance same through early films loud and clearMessage of brotherhood was relevant Language was hyperbolic and emotions exaggerated makebelieve Hours in the cinema were an escape from social and political realities of life poverty political instability and communal problems because moving picture was like a fantasy Indian conduct of I97I war with Pakistan showed how Indian leadership planning military organization and political strategy had changedStripped of binding ideologies and false pretensions the tensions removed Indian society could be itself declare itself play and parade as itselfIt became more relaxed anarchic fragmented The emergent middle class noisy and demanding asserted themselves to enjoy the good life The underclass would remain firmly suppressed in ghettolike favelasarrival of the VCR put the cinema on the defensive since it had to be even more attractive and glamorous
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