Indian Literature and Popular Cinema: Recasting Classics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-31
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book considers the popular cinema of North India (Bollywood) and how it recasts literary classics. It addresses the socio-political implications of popular reinterpretations of elite culture, exploring gender issues and the perceived sexism of popular films and how that plays out when literature is reworked into film.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Preface and acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Transliteration and abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Indian epics in filmp. 17
Bending the Bharata: two uncommon cinematic adaptationsp. 19
Family, feminism, and film in remaking Ramayanap. 42
Casting classical Sanskrit dramap. 55
Sakuntala: the look and the image in literature, theater, and cinemap. 57
Mrcchakatikam to Utsav: re-creation of a Sanskrit classic by Girish Karnadp. 76
Saints on the screenp. 97
Bhakti songs recast: Gulzar's Meera moviep. 99
Genre and themes from "Indo-Islamic" culturep. 121
Religious culture and folklore in the Urdu historical drama Anarkali, revisited by Indian cinemap. 123
From ghazal to film music: the case of Mirza Ghalibp. 147
Classics from colonial literaturep. 171
Remembering, repeating, and working through Devdasp. 173
The political aesthetic of nation and gender in Rituparno Ghosh's Chokher Balip. 191
Agenda-driven literaturep. 203
Lyrically speaking: Hindi film songs and the progressive aestheticp. 205
Dharmputra and the Partition of Indiap. 220
Conclusionp. 239
Indexp. 249
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