Asian films are now widely distributed and popular with western audiences. In response to this increasingly global audience, Routledge has recently published several new books that address the history, censorship problems and cultural variations of Asian cinema.
'Bollywood' is the dominant global term to refer to the prolific Hindi language film industry in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995). Characterised by music, dance routines, melodrama, lavish production values and an emphasis on stars and spectacle, Bollywood films have met with box-office success and enthusiastic audiences from India to West Africa to Russia, and throughout the English-speaking world. Bollywood and Globalization outlines the theoretical issues relevant to the spread of popular Indian cinema and emergence of India’s growing soft power, while in Bollywood, anthropologist and film scholar Tejaswini Ganti provides a guide to the cultural, social and political significance of Hindi cinema, outlining the history and structure of the Bombay film industry, and the development of popular Hindi filmmaking since the 1930s.
Film censorship has always been a controversial matter, particularly in jurisdictions with restrictive state-based censorship systems. Film Censorship in the Asia-Pacific Region reviews the film censorship system in the Asia-Pacific by comparing the systems used in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia.
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The Global Power of Popular Hindi Cinema
Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series
The field of Bollywood studies has remained predominantly critical, theoretical and historical in focus. This book brings together qualitative and quantitative approaches to tackle empirical questions focusing on the relationship between soft power, hybridity, cinematic texts, and audiences....
Published October 28th 2012 by Routledge
A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema, 2nd Edition
Series: Routledge Film Guidebooks
'Bollywood' is the dominant global term to refer to the prolific Hindi language film industry in Bombay (renamed Mumbai in 1995). Characterised by music, dance routines, melodrama, lavish production values and an emphasis on stars and spectacle, Bollywood films have met with box-office success and...
Published February 12th 2013 by Routledge
Styles, Spaces, Theory
Series: Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia Series
This book explores the range and dynamism of contemporary Asian cinemas, covering East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia), South Asia (Bollywood), and West Asia (Iran), in order to discover what is common about them and to engender a...
Published October 2nd 2012 by Routledge
Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia Compared
Series: Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies
Film censorship has always been a controversial matter, particularly in jurisdictions with restrictive state-based censorship systems. This book reviews the film censorship system in the Asia-Pacific by comparing the systems used in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. It identifies the key issues...
Published January 9th 2013 by Routledge
Repeating the Subject
Series: Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories
Hindi Cinema is full of instances of repetition of themes, narratives, plots and characters. By looking at 60 years of Hindi cinema, this book focuses on the phenomenon as a crucial thematic and formal code that is problematic when representing the national and cinematic subject. It reflects on the...
Published October 15th 2012 by Routledge
Series: Routledge Advances in Film Studies
This book conducts a post-colonial, gendered investigation of women-centred South Asian films. In these films, the narrative becomes an act of political engagement and a site of feminist struggle: a map that weaves together multiple strands of subjectivity—gender, caste, race, class, religion, and...
Published July 4th 2012 by Routledge