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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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Contemporary Bollywood Remakes

Contemporary Bollywood Remakes

(p.148) Chapter 7 Contemporary Bollywood Remakes
Bollywood and Postmodernism

Neelam Sidhar Wright

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines postmodern aesthetics in the contemporary Bollywood remake through an in-depth analysis of one of the genre's earliest, most prominent examples: the Devdas lineage. Two of the most popular and widely regarded versions of Devdas are discussed: Bimal Roy's 1955 classic and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 2002 version. The chapter considers how Bollywood uses figural excess to rework and distinguish itself aesthetically from previous canonical Indian film texts, drawing upon Scott Lash's views on postmodernism as a ‘regime of signification’. It also explores how Bollywood cinema hybridises with Hollywood modes of filmmaking in order to de-authenticate and dismantle both American and its own cinematic codes and conventions. Finally, it describes synaesthesia in Indian cinema and offers a reading of two more films, Dil Chahta Hai and Kaante.

Keywords:   postmodern aesthetics, Bollywood remake, Devdas, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, figural, postmodernism, Hollywood filmmaking, Indian cinema

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