From: Sangeeta Mediratta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Bollywood class!
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Here is the full announcement:
Bollyworld or Bollywood?
India is the largest film-producing country in the world, releasing a thousand films a year. The heart of the Indian film industry resides in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, which has led to the portmanteau word “Bollywood.” Bollywood evokes spectacular, musical films full of dancing women and melodramatic plot twists. Bollywood is also seen by many critics as a distinctly national (or nationalistic) cinema. But is it?Throughout this course, we will watch some of the most popular Bollywood films from the last sixty years and uncover their deeply international roots. Each week, we will tease out the international character of Bollywood films by pairing an Indian film with a related film from world cinema. For example, we will place the gangster film Nayagan alongside The Godfather, the Curry Western Sholay alongside the Spaghetti Western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Raj Kapoor’s Awaara alongside Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp. This film course will generally require viewing two films a week (available on Amazon, Netflix, and in Green library reserve). Class time will be devoted to an in-depth exploration of nine primary films, each representative of a distinct phase in post-independence Indian film history.
Bulbul Tiwari, Post-doctoral Fellow, Introduction to the Humanitites program
Bulbul Tiwari has taught courses on film, South Asian intellectual history, and Hinduism. Outside her academic work, Tiwari has written and directed plays, made films, and designed websites. She received a BA in comparative literature from Harvard and a PhD in South Asian Studies from the University of Chicago.
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