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By Priya Joshi

Bollywood is India's most well-liked leisure and one in every of its strongest social forces. Its blockbusters contest principles approximately country formation, trap the nation's dispersed anxieties, and fabricate public fantasies of what constitutes "India." Written via an award-winning pupil of pop culture and postcolonial modernity, Bollywood's India analyzes the position of the cinema's most well-liked blockbusters in making, unmaking, and remaking sleek India.

With incredible interpretive virtuosity, Priya Joshi presents an interdisciplinary account of renowned cinema as an area that filters politics and modernity for its audience. issues comparable to crime and punishment, kinfolk and individuality, vigilante and group trap the diffuse aspirations of an evolving kingdom. Summoning India's tumultuous Seventies as an interpretive lens, Joshi unearths the cinema's social paintings throughout many years that observed the decline of studios, the increase of the multi-starrer style, and the arriving of company capital and new media systems. In elegantly crafted stories of iconic and not more standard motion pictures, together with Awara (1951), Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957), Deewaar (1975), Sholay (1975), Dil Se (1998), A Wednesday (2008), and 3 Idiots (2009), Joshi powerfully conveys the pleasures and politics of Bollywood blockbusters.

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Fantasies might conceal, reveal, revise, or 22 CINEMA AS PUBLIC FANTASY renew desires, sometimes all at the same time. They have a logic that is consistent if not always coherent, and a mise-en-scène designed to dramatize desire and resolution. To understand fantasies requires the tools of analysis and interpretation. Properly used, these tools provide a way to unearth desires and to understand them better without reducing their complexity or coherence. The Hindi film blockbusters that this chapter studies with their enduring popularity convey a set of conscious and unconscious public fantasies that condense on the idea of India.

After midnight, nothing looked the same again, neither the day that followed nor the one that preceded. The cinema of the 1950s could never again be regarded as it had been before, and one of the unintended legacies of the 1970s is that it changed utterly how the past was read. “India” today is a product of conflicts and compromises between nation and state that occurred in the formative 1970s, underscoring just how profoundly the decade made India. Each chapter of the study anchors its core questions from the perspective of the 1970s.

As in the previous half century, today as well certain films easily penetrate the firewalls of a carefully niched marketplace to reach viewers. Bollywood blockbusters in the new millennium rescript the social purpose of popular cinema through unexpected means, including the unlikely figure of M. K. Gandhi. As an illustration, Rajkumar Hirani’s blockbusters, Lage Raho Munnabhai (Keep at it, Munnabhai, 2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), depict an India characterized by land-grabs and global corporate ambition run amok.

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