Haunting Bollywood: Gender, Genre, and the Supernatural in by Meheli Sen

By Meheli Sen

Haunting Bollywood is a pioneering, interdisciplinary inquiry into the supernatural in Hindi cinema that attracts from literary feedback, postcolonial stories, queer concept, heritage, and cultural experiences. Hindi advertisement cinema has been invested within the supernatural for the reason that its earliest days, yet just a small section of those motion pictures were properly explored in scholarly paintings; this e-book addresses this hole via concentrating on a few of Hindi cinema's least explored genres.

From Gothic ghost motion pictures of the Nineteen Fifties to snake motion pictures of the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties to contemporary globally prompted zombie and vampire motion pictures, Meheli Sen delves into what the supernatural is and the various modalities in which it increases questions of movie shape, background, modernity, and gender in South Asian public cultures. Arguing that the supernatural is dispersed between a number of genres and always in dialog with worldwide cinematic types, she demonstrates that it really is an extremely malleable impulse that normally pushes Hindi movie into new formal and stylistic territories. Sen additionally argues that gender is a very accommodating level on which the supernatural rehearses its most simple compulsions; hence, the interface among gender and style offers a very effective lens into Hindi cinema's negotiation of the fashionable and the worldwide. Haunting Bollywood unearths that the supernatural's unruly energies consistently face up to containment, while they partake of and occasionally subvert Hindi cinema's so much enduring pleasures, from songs and stars to fantasy and melodrama.

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