Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga

Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga

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Item Code: IDE844
Author: Dinesh Raheja & Jitendra Kothari, Foreword By: Ismail Merchant
Publisher: Lustre Press, Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 9788174362858
Pages: 155 (Color Illus: 87, B & W Illus: 74)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 12.25" X 12.25"
Weight 1.6 kg

From the Jacket:

Bollywood, the Hindi film industry started with one film, Raja Harishchandra, in 1913. By the end of the century, however, it had grown into a creative and financial behemoth with the intervening decades witnessing technological innovations that were to change the face of the film industry. Today, Bollywood produces more than 100 films a year and entertains billions of people around the globe.

Indian Cinema: The Bollywood Saga documents this incredible story of Hindi films. The book takes the reader on a chronologically-charted odyssey thought each epoch of this historic and dramatic journey, examining and analyzing the benchmarks of the vibrant changes that marked each passing era-the early silent years, the excitement at the introduction of sound, the gradual seeping in of colour into film images, the fashioning of eternal classics, right up to the post millennial 'glitzkrieg' of mega-budget ventures balanced on the cusp of art and commerce.

Few stories are as rich or as fascinating. The Bollywood Saga recaptures the romance of the past and the pragmatism of the present for all those who love Hindi films.

About the Author:

Dinesh Raheja, who regularly saw two films a week as a child, continues to do so after 22 years in film journalism. Editor of a popular magazine, MOVIE for 11 years (1988-1999), Raheja later became the Channel Editor for India Today's online film section.

Currently, he is a columnist for Mid-day and freelances for Indian Express and rediff.com. A scriptwriter for television (Just Mohabbat, Film India), Raheja is also the co-author of The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema.

Jitendra Kothari, a film history aficionado, discusses decades-old stars and films with the fervour of a man who has been part of the era-even though he is just 30-something.

Kothari was the Deputy Editor of MOVIE. He has also co-scripted the BBC TV show, Film India and done a two-year stint with the film section of India Today online. Along with Dinesh Raheja, Kothari was the co-author of The Hundred Luminaries of Hindi Cinema.

CONTENTS

Foreword 9
The Bollywood Saga 1913-2003 13
The Silent Era 1913-1920s 15
The Unleashing of Sound 1930s 25
Ascending the Growth Curve 1940s 39
The Gilded Age 1950s 49
Colourful Escapism 1960s 67
The Decade of Rebellion 1970s 87
Pockets of Grace 1980s 103
Going Retro 1990s 117
The Post-Millennial Period 133
Significant Films 1930-2003 148
Index 152

 

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