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M. Madhava Prasad (EFLU, Hyderabad), 'The Country and the City in Contemporary Indian Cinemas'

M. Madhava Prasad (EFLU, Hyderabad), 'The Country and the City in Contemporary Indian Cinemas'

Madhava Prasad

In this session we will discuss the relations between the city and the countryside with the help of Jean Lefebvre’s reflections on this question.

We take a look at a particular cultural form taken by the country-city dialectic in contemporary Indian cinema as expanded upon by a film scholar: the multiplex and a genre of cinema which connect migrant new economy labour to its small town and rural origins.


Manorama Six Feet Under (Navdeep Singh, Hindi, 2007)
(Yana Gupta appears as a mirage in Manorama Six Feet Under)

We will look at clips from recent films like Manorama Six Feet Under (Navdeep Singh, Hindi, 2007), Ishqiya (Abhishek Chaubey, Hindi, 2010) and Masaan (Neeraj Ghaywan, Hindi, 2015).

 

Readings:

Akshaya Kumar, 'Provincialising Bollywood? Cultural economy of north-Indian small-town nostalgia in the Indian multiplex', South Asian Popular Culture, 11:1,61-74 (download here)
Lefebvre, Henri, Writings on Cities
(Translation, Introduction and editorial arrangement Eleonore Kofman and Elizabeth Lebas), Oxford/Mass, Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 1996 (download here)

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