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"Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema is an insightful journey into the complex worlds of fantasy and reality inhabited by creative artistes. India is a unique country that exists in multiple centuries simultaneously. This book unravels the various mysteries and contradictions embedded in our centuries-old tradition. (...) Using defined sections and relevant case studies, the authors analyse the emotional ingredients that form the essence of India and Indian cinema." (Excerpt from the Foreword by Amitabh Bachchan)
Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema explores the inner world of Bombay film, the best known of India's movie industries. Many aspects of Hindi cinema are brought to life on the pages of this richly illustrated book -- from its beginnings to the present day. The use of songs to advertise movies, the role of censorship, devotion to god and family: these subjects and many more are illuminated. It reveals the symbolism of the divine role models Radha--Krishna and Ram--Sita at the heart of the main protagonists in many films, and the passion of the people working behind the scenes. It examines the changing face of the nation's enemies, the marriage scene, lyricists and playback singers, and it sheds light on Tamil cinema, which rivals the Hindi film industry in output and popularity. The book concludes with an analysis of the mass appeal of Hindi film beyond India's borders and the recent embrace of the much-hyped 'Bollywood' phenomenon in the West.
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More About Johan Manschot, Marijke de Vos & Marijke De Vos
Gayatri Chatterji began her professional life as a schoolteacher. She now teaches film studies in India and abroad. Her first book, Awaara, received the President s Gold Medal in 1992. She wrote Mother India in 2002 for the British Film Institute s BFI Film Classics series. Penguin India also published both these titles. Several of her articles have been published in national and international journals. Gayatri sings Rabindrasangeet, the music composed by the Bengali poet, painter and singer Rabindranath Tagore.
Reviews - What do customers think about Behind the Scenes of Hindi Cinema: A Visual Journey through the Heart of Bollywood?
A Visual Journey without Much Substance Nov 13, 2006
Beautiful pictures, arty design, but not much of substance in this book. Its really more of a pictorial history. This book gives very little insight into modern Hindi films. Living in India, and watching a number of Hindi films, I find they are a window into Indian mindset and worldview. And if you suspend your irony, some moments of silly fun. Too bad this book doesn't unlock more of the secrets of Bollywood.
The Best Book on Bollywood available Aug 10, 2006
I took on the task of doing an extensive study of the modern Bollywood cinema, in comparison to the current atmosphere of South Asia/India
Of all the Bollywood books I read, this one was, by far, the best one available
The book showcases aspects and foundations of the Bollywood cinema genre, including the roles of villains, hereos, heroines, etc, and how each of them tie into the common dramatic themes and stories of Bollywood films
In addition, the book is filled with EXCELLENT pictures, giving great visual justification to every major point and argument
Lastly, it does a good job of referencing many Bollywood films, both new and classical, giving readers a good opportunity to go back and review those films, if need be
Overall, this book is advertised and marketed as a sensational fanbook of Bollywood, but from an intellectual and film scholar perspective, I would conclude that this is the best book on Bollywood that I have read and studied, both sensationally and intellectually
Thank you for reading and Happy Buying!!!!
the lively, colorful world of Bollywood Aug 30, 2005
The heavily-illustrated work imparts the carnivalesque style of the now globally popular Bollywood films of India--the exotic, often extravagant, costumes, the promotional stunts, the common themes such as traditional morality and romance and marriage, the blaring music, the theater and constant motion and sense of anticipation and surprise. In the foreword, Amitabh Bachchan explains the Bollywood films are "inspired by epic and folk theatre." In the early days of the films, movie moguls would send messengers with drums to announce a film's opening; like Indian royalty in ages past would have bells and drums sounded to call the public for an announcement. The often collage-like visual material is so vivid and jumpy that it can override the text. But for ones looking for material on the making and promotion of Bollywood films, social and religious subjects reflected in them, their distribution in the global entertainment system, and the marginal, yet influential Tamil cinema, it's found in substantive chapters by different writers knowledgeable in these areas. A timely, unique work on the Bollywood films whose mixed, yet focused content mirrors the mixed elements and vitality of such films.