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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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Repetitions with Difference: Mother India and her Thousand Sons

Repetitions with Difference: Mother India and her Thousand Sons

(p.201) Chapter 6 Repetitions with Difference: Mother India and her Thousand Sons
Bollywood in the Age of New Media

Anustup Basu

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins with a few observations and questions about Ashish Rajadhyaksha's theory of the ‘epic melodrama’. The objective is to further complicate the notion of mythic impelling, to historicise some such instances, and to understand how exactly and through what pains the ontological constant of Dharma can be upheld amidst the duress of modernisation or financialisation. Commercial Hindi films periodically recycle old stories. The volatile sphere of religiosity and the concomitant question of a mythography of the self as the cornerstone of the nation and its state undeniably left a lasting imprint on popular culture as a whole and Hindi cinema in particular. This was particularly evident in the cinematic expressions of what is called a Nehruvian sensibility toward secularism and tolerance. The plot that was first witnessed in Mehboob Khan's Aurat (Woman, 1940) has been recycled, in various historical settings, involving a range of cultural formations and social identities, in a body of films across the decades. Two of these films are Mehboob's own 1957 retelling in Mother India and Yash Chopra's Deewar (The Wall, 1975).

Keywords:   Mother India, Ashish Rajadhyaksha, epic melodrama, Deewar, Mehboob Khan, Dharma, Hindi cinema, Aurat, secularism, tolerance

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