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Bollywood in the Age of New MediaThe Geo-televisual Aesthetic$
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Anustup Basu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641024

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641024.001.0001

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Allegories of Power/Information

Allegories of Power/Information

(p.122) (p.123) Chapter 3 Allegories of Power/Information
Bollywood in the Age of New Media

Anustup Basu

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter connects the theory of geo-televisual informatics and the concomitant question of a national being-in-the-world to a theme of sovereignty in contemporary India. It examines some cinematic moments that express a new metropolitan habit of thought by which state-of-the-art informatisation is immediately and inextricably tied to the desired arrival of a novel regime of power. How and for what reasons must we reconsider (in our new media age) the long talked-about nexus between axiomatic modern instruments of communication (printing press, telegraph, even the railroad) and the invention of the nation as an ‘imagined’ time-space continuum? How do pertinent questions of production, ideology and interest change in an era of aggravated informatics? This chapter explores some films in which ‘information’ itself appears as a narrative theme connected to a larger allegory of the nation. Two such films are Apoorva Lakhiya's Mumbai Se Aya Mera Dost (2003) and Shankar's Nayak: The Real Hero (2001). These films form a small batch within the annals of popular Hindi cinema that explicitly deal with an overall informatisation/capitalisation of ‘traditional’ contexts.

Keywords:   India, sovereignty, power, geo-televisual, informatics, informatisation, Mumbai Se Aya Mera Dost, Nayak, Hindi cinema, allegory

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