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The Mellifluous ‘Illogics’ of the ‘Bollywood Musical’

The Sound of Musicals

British Film Institute, 2010

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...The song-and-dance number is to the Indian film industry as the martial arts sequence is to its Hong Kong counterpart: for a global cinematic imagination, each form constitutes the dynamic ‘essence’, the defining characteristic, of its...

Mehboob Khan and Mother India

Garret Fay

Garret Fay is head of faculty for creative arts and media and film studies at an upper school in Bedfordshire. He is also the head of initial teacher training for media studies with the North Bedfordshire training partnership. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Studying Bollywood

Auteur, 2011

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...In the chapters that follow I aim to give a range of background information that will assist in the study of Bollywood, even if it is only from the 1990s onwards. I have highlighted important actors, directors and producers and arranged...

Baiju Bawra

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her many publications include Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India (2014); What do Hindus believe? (2008) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema (2006); the BFI Screen Guide 100 Bollywood Films (2005) and a volume on Yash Chopra in the BFI’s ‘World Directors’ series (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Bollywood Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...The greatest strength of this historical film about Baiju Bawra (Bharat Bhushan), the musician who challenged the court musician Tansen to a musical duel (a jugalbandi; performed here by Ustad Amir Khan and Pandit D. V. Paluskar) to avenge...

Do bigha zamin

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her many publications include Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India (2014); What do Hindus believe? (2008) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema (2006); the BFI Screen Guide 100 Bollywood Films (2005) and a volume on Yash Chopra in the BFI’s ‘World Directors’ series (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Bollywood Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Bimal Roy, one of India’s foremost film-makers, made many films that should be included in this volume but, given the numerical limits, I have had to select the very best of an outstanding oeuvre (Bandini, Devdas and Madhumati). Many...

What Bollywood did next

Garret Fay

Garret Fay is head of faculty for creative arts and media and film studies at an upper school in Bedfordshire. He is also the head of initial teacher training for media studies with the North Bedfordshire training partnership. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Studying Bollywood

Auteur, 2011

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...Singapore as the backdrop in Krrish.A problem that I found in writing Studying Bodywood, was that the Bollywood machine simply works at a frantic pace and even as the book was between drafts it was obvious that an Epilogue was going...

Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her many publications include Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India (2014); What do Hindus believe? (2008) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema (2006); the BFI Screen Guide 100 Bollywood Films (2005) and a volume on Yash Chopra in the BFI’s ‘World Directors’ series (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Bollywood Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut, Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge (DDLJ), was one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of all time. While clearly resembling a Yash Chopra film in the romantic scenes, it was closer to the Barjatya’s style...

Trishul

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her many publications include Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India (2014); What do Hindus believe? (2008) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema (2006); the BFI Screen Guide 100 Bollywood Films (2005) and a volume on Yash Chopra in the BFI’s ‘World Directors’ series (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Bollywood Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...This multi-starrer is the story of Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan), the illegitimate son of Raj Gupta (Sanjeev Kumar) and Shanti (Waheeda Rehman), who seeks to avenge Raj’s injustice to his mother, whom he abandoned even though she was pregnant...

Aankhen

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her many publications include Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India (2014); What do Hindus believe? (2008) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema (2006); the BFI Screen Guide 100 Bollywood Films (2005) and a volume on Yash Chopra in the BFI’s ‘World Directors’ series (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Bollywood Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Aankhen deserves its place in this collection both in its own right as one of the most successful Hindi films of all time and as an example of one of the most popular comedy teams of the 1990s, the pairing of the star Govinda...

Achhut kanya

Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London, UK. Her many publications include Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India (2014); What do Hindus believe? (2008) Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema (2006); the BFI Screen Guide 100 Bollywood Films (2005) and a volume on Yash Chopra in the BFI’s ‘World Directors’ series (2002). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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100 Bollywood Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2005

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...Bombay Talkies (1934-54), founded by the western-educated and trained couple, Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani, nurtured major talents, including Gyan Mukherjee, Manto, Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Kamal Amrohi and Dilip Kumar. It was noted for its...

Amitabh Bachchan: Bollywood’s greatest survivor

Garret Fay

Garret Fay is head of faculty for creative arts and media and film studies at an upper school in Bedfordshire. He is also the head of initial teacher training for media studies with the North Bedfordshire training partnership. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Studying Bollywood

Auteur, 2011

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...Kapoor neatly leads us to Bachchan and his rise to fame, his fall from grace and his revival via a TV quiz show and savvy movie choices in the noughties. This chapter is primarily concerned with arguably the most successful Bollywood film...