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May 15, 2013

Swades Final Film- Lilian Medford

  Swades, or “Homeland” is a Sharukh Khan film from 2004. This film brought together so many Bollywood elements that we’ve discussed this semester that it’s hard to pick what to talk about here, but I think I’ll mainly talk about what the title makes it sound like, a movie about the homeland. This film […]

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“Bollywood” from the perspective of U.S. Pop Culture-Lilian Medford

As a dancer, I spent most of my adolescence watching So You Think You Can Dance on TV. I still remember in season 2 when the producers of the show decided to introduce a new genre of choreography to their stage: Bollywood. I was captivated by the richness of the choreography and the upbeat feelings […]

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May 9, 2013

What does Farah Khan achieve alluding to the Ramayana? Posted by Abie Troen

Posted:  AB Troen Main Hoon Na draws upon various elements of the ancient Hindu text – The Ramayana.  Khan names her protagonists Ram, and his brother, Laxman. They fight the villainous Raghavan and the names resonate with the Ramayana’s main characters: Rama, Laxmana and the evil Rava.  These names establish a mythical dichotomy of good […]

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I Hate Luv Storys

For my final film I watched I Hate Luv Storys, and I have to say it was an amazing film. Considering its extreme cinephilia, I was constantly thinking about and comparing it to Om Shanti Om, but I Hate Luv Storys felt like a much stronger film to me. It follows the story of “J” […]

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Visual Division in the Tulips in Silsila – Miriam Esther Goldman

In my opinion, “Silsila” had the most visually interesting shots of any film we watched this year. One of my favourite visual devices in any film we watched was the use of the red and yellow flowers as counter to each other twice in this film. When they first appear, Amit is wearing a black […]

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Final Blog Post AB Troen: What happens when you have a female Bollywood Protagonist

In looking for a film to write the final Blog post about, I was hoping to find two things. Firstly I wanted to watch a movie that would follow the main story-structure and aesthetic conventions of the films viewed this semester, so that I could apply what I had learned to the analysis. But at […]

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The Many Faces of SRK

by Radhika Parekh Shahrukh Khan is definitely an iconic superstar and has starred in a good amount of Bollywood movies. He has also adapted to a plethora of roles. In two out of the many SRK films we have watched throughout the semester, I have noticed that he has played dual characters in Main Hoon […]

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The Theme of Reincarnation

By Radhika Parekh After watching Om Shanti Om, the theme of reincarnation may seem very rare and different. However, there have been quiet a few Bollywood movies with this theme in it, one of them being Karz, which Prof. Anjaria talked about in class. Right from the 50s and till date, reincarnation has found itself […]

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The Kiss in Kaminey – Miriam Esther Goldman

“Kaminey” is notable for being in the only movie we saw in class in which the leads shared a kiss. The film also dealt explicitly with the subject of extramarital pregnancy, a topic also touched on by Silsila, but without the kissing shown onscreen. The censors which govern Bollywood decency codes, much like the Hayes […]

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Farah Khan and Social Commentary posted by AB Troen

Some popular Hindi Cinema, or Bollywood films, such as the classic “Silsila” and the more contemporary “Dil Chahta Hai” focus primarily on elite melodramas, personal intrigues of the very privileged and can be categorized as “glamorous realism.”  Others, for example the 1965 film “Guide”, “Deewar”, and “Amar Akbar Anthony” deal with social and national themes. […]

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