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Contemporary Indian Cinema as a Reflection of a Changing Society

Marcin Krasnowolski
language: English
subtitles: Polish, English, Dutch, Finnish, Italian


The lecture explores contemporary Indian cinema which shapes the tastes and attitudes of over one billion of the country’s citizens. I look at two trends which I find the most important. The first one is the rise of nationalism, visible in a number of Bollywood super productions. The second is the rise of films showing the situation of women in India – the changes they went through over the past couple of years and the way they comment on the widespread violence against women in the country.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Freelance journalist, film scholar, and Five Flavours Asian Film Festiwal programmer. Author of many articles about Asian cinema. His interests include films from Korea, Hong Kong, and China, and the flow of inspirations between Asian and non-Asian cinemas. He also works in international TV production.


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Further reading

Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India, Dexter Filkins

How Nationalism Took Over Hindi Cinema, Sohini Chattopadhyay

Changing Colour of Nationalism in Our Films, Murtaza Ali Khan

How Bollywood Furthers India’s Hindu Nationalism, Haris Zargar

Gender Policing in Mainstream Hindi Cinema: A Decade of Central Female Characters in Top-Grossing Bollywood Movies, Subuhi Khan, Laramie D. Taylor. International Journal of Communication 12(2018)

Bollywood Needs to Withdraw its Male Gaze and Give Some Respect to the Women on Screen!, Aysha Hannah

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