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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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Postmodern Bollywood

Postmodern Bollywood

(p.79) Chapter 5 Postmodern Bollywood
Bollywood and Postmodernism

Neelam Sidhar Wright

Neelam Sidhar Wright

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how the postmodern, as an aesthetic style and fluid cultural practice, manifests in contemporary Bollywood film texts. Drawing upon the various concepts and traits identified by postmodern theorists such as Fredric Jameson, Jean Baudrillard and Hayden White, as well as postmodern film theorists such as Linda Hutcheon, Peter and Will Brooker, and M. Keith Brooker, the chapter reveals a variety of postmodern strategies and conventions operating within contemporary Bollywood cinema. It also analyses the films Om Shanti Om, Koi...Mil Gaya and Abhay, as well as several features of postmodernism that are present in them, including depthlessness, blank parody, intertextuality, hyperrealism, metahistory, and the sublime. The chapter concludes by explaining how films such as Abhay may help resolve the conflict between art cinema and mainstream popular Indian cinema.

Keywords:   postmodernism, contemporary Bollywood cinema, Bollywood films, intertextuality, hyperrealism, art cinema, metahistory, popular Indian cinema

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