Musical Numbers in Bollywood Cinema’s Homeland and Diaspora

Dudrah, Rajinder (2023) Musical Numbers in Bollywood Cinema’s Homeland and Diaspora. In: When Music Takes Over in Film. Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland, pp. 117-139. ISBN 9783030891558

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How does Bollywood cinema depict ideas about the homeland and diaspora, and what kind of relationships can we track and decipher about diaspora culture as the cinema creates itineraries through its films and related popular cultures? In response, this chapter will use musical numbers in Bollywood cinema to draw attention to a series of representations and cultural politics about the homeland and diaspora relationship as in need of further exploration. It will look at select musical numbers from two broad types of Bollywood films that deal with the diaspora in terms of its relationship to the homeland in actual and imagined ways. The first type of diaspora film might be considered as a dominant ideology of popular Hindi cinema where the relationship between the homeland and the diaspora is represented in limited or conservative ways. In the second type of film, this relationship is shown to be contested, at the very least, and as an imaginative mode of being.

Item Type: Book Section
Identification Number:
3 May 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bollywood, India, Homeland, Diaspora, South Asians, Songs and music, Representation
Subjects: CAH00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00 - multidisciplinary > CAH00-00-00 - multidisciplinary
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-04 - languages and area studies > CAH19-04-06 - Asian studies
CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Rajinder Dudrah
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 12:52
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 12:52

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