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Bollywood Goes to the Stadium: Gender, National Identity, and Sport Film in Hindi

Bollywood Goes to the Stadium: Gender, National Identity, and Sport Film in Hindi Bollywood Goes to the Stadium: Gender, National Identity, and Sport Film in Hindi amy j. ransom Bollywood gives cinematic substance, form, and historical context to the dream of the nation . . . —Grant Farred (72) the l a st ten ye ars have witnessed the also to Anglo­ American viewers who have come phenomenal expansion of India’s unique, to appreciate the sheer entertainment value of Mumbai­ based Hindi­ language film industry, an inherently hybrid film genre that combines commonly referred to as Bollywood, into hith­ vibrant rhythmic and melodic music with lav­ erto­ untapped world movie markets. Though ishly choreographed dance numbers, filmed on popular throughout Asia and even in the East­ a variety of studio and location sets, and that ern bloc since the 1950s, only recently has In­ depicts exotic urban and rural locations, featur­ dian film achieved mass popularity in the West. ing the romance, adventure, history, and laugh­ Its recent hegemonic internationalization can ter of stunningly attractive and charismatic be attributed to a mutually beneficial feedback stars and an array of familiar character actors. loop between changing strategies within Bom­ Often dismissed precisely because of its bay’s film industry to appeal to Indian diasporic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Bollywood Goes to the Stadium: Gender, National Identity, and Sport Film in Hindi

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 66 (4) – Nov 27, 2014

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University of Illinois Press
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Copyright © 2008 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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1934-6018

Abstract

Bollywood Goes to the Stadium: Gender, National Identity, and Sport Film in Hindi amy j. ransom Bollywood gives cinematic substance, form, and historical context to the dream of the nation . . . —Grant Farred (72) the l a st ten ye ars have witnessed the also to Anglo­ American viewers who have come phenomenal expansion of India’s unique, to appreciate the sheer entertainment value of Mumbai­ based Hindi­ language film industry, an inherently hybrid film genre that combines commonly referred to as Bollywood, into hith­ vibrant rhythmic and melodic music with lav­ erto­ untapped world movie markets. Though ishly choreographed dance numbers, filmed on popular throughout Asia and even in the East­ a variety of studio and location sets, and that ern bloc since the 1950s, only recently has In­ depicts exotic urban and rural locations, featur­ dian film achieved mass popularity in the West. ing the romance, adventure, history, and laugh­ Its recent hegemonic internationalization can ter of stunningly attractive and charismatic be attributed to a mutually beneficial feedback stars and an array of familiar character actors. loop between changing strategies within Bom­ Often dismissed precisely because of its bay’s film industry to appeal to Indian diasporic

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 27, 2014

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