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Freda Freiberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 20 Apr 2001 11:41:32 +1000
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Another good reference is Sumitra Chakravorty, National Identity in Indian popular Cinema, 1947-1987, University of Texas Press, 1993, plus articles in Screen Magazine during the Eighties.

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> >Can anyone suggest readings (books, articles, monographs, theses) on >Indian Cinema with particular reference to Popular Cinema?
> The Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, edited by Ashish Rajadhyaksha and now in a second edition, is very useful.  It includes a good range from art directors like Ghatak, Kaul and Sen to schlocky Hollywood rip-offs.  There's good if brief info on individual films as well as directors, composers, actors and singers.
> I've been looking forward to Nikhat Kazmi's Dream Merchants of Bollywood but it's been checked out of our library since arriving.  If I remember right (& it's been a few years) Eric Barnouw's Indian Film was a decent overview up to sometime in the late 70s when the revised edition came out.  There's also a pretty decent book that has short essays on 100 classic films but I can't remember the title offhand.
> If you're covering popular cinema, it's definitely worth checking some of the magazines (and numerous related websites) to get a feel for the intensity of Indian fan culture.  And for a really unusual slant check out the chapters in Pete Tombs' Mondo Macabro, which is not only accurate and well-researched but quite entertaining.
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