Once Upon a Time in Bollywood

The Global Swing in Hindi Cinema


edited by Gubir Jolly, Zenia Wadhwani, and Deborah Barretto

Once Upon a Time in Bollywood presents an extravaganza of essays on globalization and contemporary Hindi cinema (“Bollywood”). The wide-ranging analytic strategies in the collection—including ethnographic self-reflection, literary comparison, economic contextualization, and biographic study – bear witness to Hindi cinema’s aesthetically elaborate and politically entangled treatment of postcolonial concerns. Together, these essays invite fresh, critically informed engagements with many of the key issues and creative tensions that continue to shape the world’s most prolific film industry. For connoisseurs and critics of Hindi cinema alike, Once Upon a Time in Bollywood presents stirring insights into popular culture.

"Overall, this collection is ideal for the reader who enjoys Bollywood films but also has a keen desire to learn about the theories and concepts that make the industry what it is."
City Masala

With contributions by: Usamah Ansari, Sonia Benjamin, Nitin Deckha, Radhika Desai, Susan Dewey, Ravinder Kaur, Monika Mehta, Ahmad Saidullah, Jenny Sharpe, Florian Stadtler, and Jennifer Thomas.

About the Editors:

GUBIR SINGH JOLLY specializes in postcolonial studies of pop culture and literature.

ZENIA WADHWANI is a writer and works in the nonprofit sector.

DEBORAH BARRETTO is a writer and editor who works for a women's organization.

Paperback ISBN:  978-1-894770-40-8
192 pages
Publication Date:  2007

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