Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My personal obsession: cinema, nationhood, and citizenship

Here's a new website from India, OyeCinema.com, which features original articles and reviews, but is also building a database of the best popular writing on cinema from all over the world. Here's a piece I recently contributed, on Lagaan (2001), Naya Daur (1957), and the situation of the audience as citizens.
I actually began by thinking about early postcolonial Hindi cinema, a great interest of mine. Thinking about Naya Daur, however, led to re-thinking Lagaan, and thus the article.
Lagaan, Naya Daur, and the mesmerisation of a nation.

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