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Bollywood and PostmodernismPopular Indian Cinema in the 21st Century$
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Neelam Sidhar Wright

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696345

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696345.001.0001

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Pedagogic Practices and Newer Approaches to Contemporary Bollywood Cinema

Pedagogic Practices and Newer Approaches to Contemporary Bollywood Cinema

(p.46) Chapter 3 Pedagogic Practices and Newer Approaches to Contemporary Bollywood Cinema
Bollywood and Postmodernism

Neelam Sidhar Wright

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on pedagogic practices and newer approaches to contemporary Bollywood cinema. It begins with a discussion of Satyajit Ray's views on popular Indian cinema and the reasons for Indian cinema's cursory appearance in film studies courses. It then considers student responses to studying popular Indian films, the current status of Indian film education and academia's alleged failure to do much good for popular Indian cinema. It also examines postmodern practices in contemporary Bollywood cinema and outlines new directions in Indian film research. The chapter argues that many of the academic approaches towards, and much critical journalistic writing on, Bollywood have worked against Bollywood's interests in securing international appeal.

Keywords:   contemporary Bollywood cinema, Satyajit Ray, popular Indian cinema, Indian cinema, film studies, popular Indian films, film education, academia, Bollywood

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