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Cinema Images and Issues

Cinema Images and Issues
$30.00
Item Code: IDH448
Author: Bhawana Somaaya
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language:
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8129106698
Pages: 389 (B & W Illus: 100)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.3" X 5.3
Back of the Book

"Whenever I'm asked what I enjoy most about my profession, it does not take me time to respond that I'm here because I like writing and because I love Hindi cinema. And my job provides me with an opportunity to dabble in both.

Reproduced in the book are fragmented frames of cinema. Some explored as academic study, while some retained as stubborn memories that refuse to fade. The collective images celebrate an undying passion for the fascinating medium.

The concerns for the issues. I admit, came in much later. After one had sufficient exposure and the confidence to disagree and debate. One discovered that the same films evoked different responses and interpretations during different decades of growing up. And perhaps that's the essence of cinema. To break illusions and conjure new images. Compiled in the book are some scattered observations and impressions from an editor's notebook."

Bhawana Somaaya began her career in journalism in the late70s while studying for her BA Degree in Psychology. Commencing with free Press Journal as chief reporter, she moved to Super as a special correspondent while completing an LLB at the Government Law College. In '81 she joined Movie as an assistant editor and was promoted in '85 as its joint editor, in '89 Chitralekha asked her to launch their first English publication. She was the recipient of the Mahila Shiromani Award in 1990. She has contributed columns to Sunday observer, Afternoon, Janmabhoomi Pravasi, Hindustan Times, the Hindu, the Pioneer and News time. She has written four books - Amitabh Bachchan: The Legend, published by Macmillan Publishers, New Delhi, Salaam Bollywood by Spantech and Lancers, London and Take 25 by Sambhav Publishers. She is currently the editor of Screen, the film weekly of the Indian Express Group and has recently released her fourth book, The Story So Far published by the Indian Express Group.

CONTENTS
1Men Behind Women3
2Sensuous And Sensitive7
3Now And Forever11
4Awards, Theirs And Ours17
5Changing Perceptions19
6The Heroine And Hindi Cinema23
7Holy Aayee Re27
8Remembering Bimal Roy31
9Two Women And A Man37
10Straight From The Heart39
11Where Have All The Men Gone?43
12Catholics And Cinema47
13Theatre New And Old51
14Chasing A Mirage57
15Husbands Are Oppressed Too59
16Surviving Mayhem63
17Summer Of Discontentment67
18Albums Must Arouse Curiosity71
19Lagaan - Picture perfect75
20Romancing The Rains77
21Ready for Change81
22Trends And Technology85
23Audience Is The King89
24Going Solo93
25Coming Of Age97
26Echoes Of Torment101
27Guru-Shishya Bonding103
28Housing Problems107
29Navratri In Films113
30Historical Heroes117
31Seductive Visuals121
32Epic Idols125
33Bravo MAMI129
34Real Life Stories133
35Love Is Forgiveness137
36Forever Friends141
37Nation Pride145
38Freedom without Abuse149
39Communicating With The Common Man153
40Offensive Lyrics157
41Pride And Prejudice161
42Testing Time165
43Breakthroughs167
44Courting New Sensibilities171
45On The Global Map175
46Whose Line Is It Anyway?179
47To Abba with Love183
48Analyse This187
49Spiderman Rules191
50Role Models195
51Time For Debate199
52Nurturing The writer205
53Immortal Ghalib209
54Blame It On Promos213
55Setting New Trends219
56Joint Families223
57Magic Is In Novelty227
58Blame Game233
59Indian Summer237
60Second Serve241
61Cheating On Intentions245
62They Are Playing My Song249
63Cries And whispers253
64Assembly Line Entertainment257
65Feel Like A Woman261
66Documenting Superstars265
67Cross Of Superstars269
68The Men Are Back273
69The Show Goes On277
70Shadows Of The Past281
71The Changing Face Of Love285
72Waiting To Exhale289
73Taking Sides293
74Glamour - Reel to Real297
75Speculations and solutions301
76Misplaced Passions305
77A Poignant Evening309
78Et Tu Sahara313
79Can Strike Be A Solution?317
80Melody And Moments321
81Psychophancy325
82It's A Man's World329
83If Tomorrow Comes333
84Family function 337
85Fragrant Memories331
86Farewell Stereotypes345
87Saturation Point349
88Breaking The Jinx353
89God Of Wisdom357
90Krishna And The Film Hero361
91We Created A Monster367
92CAS, An embarrassment371
93Contrived Morality375
94Autumn Romance379
95Once More With Hope383
96Shift In Audience Choice387

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