BOLLYWOOD BOOK REVIEWS

For abecedarians of popular Indian cinema—coming out of the Bombay film industry and produced primarily in the Hindi language with a mix of Urdu, English, and Arabic—Tejaswini Ganti’s book Bollywood lives up to its titular expectation: It is a guidebook to popular Hindi cinema. The book is for a general, quick, one-evening study of Hindi cinema, clearly written, keeping a Western audience in mind …

REPRESENTATION OF MARGINAL IDENTITIES AND SUBJECTIVITIES IN THE WORKS OF WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN INDIAN CINEMA

Women’s sexuality has been presented in popular Indian cinema through patriarchal perspective – women are either sexualized objects or desexualized caretakers. Meaning productions of morality, nationality, ownership of the body and female-sexuality-as-threat marks women’s bodies…

THE LOWER-STALL: A SLEAZE-SEX FILM INDUSTRY IN INDIA

Outside Naaz (Dignified), a run down movie theatre in Bombay,1 a hoarding reads Kaliyon Ka Chaman.2 With its sexual connotations the title poorly translates as “young girls bodies.” Some thirty or forty men, a little tense and a little excited, on a Sunday evening hide from each other, making sure that any familiar faces do not see them…