The Geri-Actions of the Aging Amitabh Bachchan

Dudrah, Rajinder (2021) The Geri-Actions of the Aging Amitabh Bachchan. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 49 (3). pp. 136-143. ISSN 0195-6051

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Abstract

Geri-action as a term within film studies describes a subgenre of action cinema in which, largely though not exclusively, men in their middle ages partake in narratives of action and spectacle, whilst simultaneously dealing with issues of aging bodies that participate in a move, or not as the case might be, towards some sort of an idea of retirement. This article explores how we might make the term work for us critically and discernibly in film, media, and cultural studies, especially in the non-Hollywood and global cinematic context. It uses the example of the Indian actor and star Amitabh Bachchan, aged 79, one of the country’s most iconic and longest serving entertainers in its cinema and related media industries. The case of Bachchan allows us to think about the notion of geri-action as not just a universal cinematic subcategory but one that we also have to make nuanced for local and global cultural contexts.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01956051.2021.1957334
Dates:
DateEvent
21 October 2021Accepted
10 November 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan; blogging; Bollywood; Indian cinema; intertextual masala pastiche; online; stars
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Media and English > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Rajinder Dudrah
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 10:34
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 10:34
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13277

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