Bollywood, nation, globalization: An incomplete introduction

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Abstract

Bollywood, or Bombay Cinema, or Indian Entertainment Cinema went global in 1995, with Aditya Chopra's Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The True of Heart Will Win the Bride). DDLJ, as the film came to be called (in the 1990s' style of abbreviating long Bollywood titles), outperformed Maine Pyaar Kiyaa (I Have Loved, 1989) in the box office which in its day had outperformed the long-time record-holder Sholay (Flames, 1975). In DDLJ, the Non Resident Indian (the NRI), hitherto portrayed in Hindi films as the marginal outsider with affected speech and behavior was redeemed and validated as not just a possible Indian national subject, but possibly one of the best. This film had a storyline highly unusual for its time. Baldev Singh, a Punjabi storeowner in England returned to India to marry off her daughter Simran to a native Indian Punjabi. The daughter had already had a brief romantic encounter with a Punjabi British man named Raj, and was determined to marry him. But Raj, who then followed Simran and her family to India, would marry Simran only if she was ‘given away’ in the ‘traditional Indian way,’ by her father Baldev Singh. Baldev's impression of Raj from a brief encounter was that of an irresponsible individual with no sense of ‘tradition,” someone who was just not ‘Indian enough’. But as the narrative unfolded, Raj proved his ‘worth’ and Indian-ness to Baldev, ‘won’ the bride, and the film ended with the newly-weds returning to England, as Indians as they ever were.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBollywood and Globalization
Subtitle of host publicationIndian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora
EditorsRini Bhattacharya Mehta, Rajeshwari V Pandharipande
PublisherAnthem Press
Pages1-198
Number of pages198
ISBN (Electronic)9781843318897
ISBN (Print)1843318334, 9781843318330
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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Bollywood
Incomplete
Globalization
Daughters
England
India
Cinema
Bride
1990s
Outsider
Maine
Entertainment
Residents
Storylines

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Mehta, R. B. (2010). Bollywood, nation, globalization: An incomplete introduction. In R. B. Mehta, & R. V. Pandharipande (Eds.), Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora (pp. 1-198). Anthem Press. https://doi.org/10.7135/UPO9781843318897.001

Bollywood, nation, globalization : An incomplete introduction. / Mehta, Rini Bhattacharya.

Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora. ed. / Rini Bhattacharya Mehta; Rajeshwari V Pandharipande. Anthem Press, 2010. p. 1-198.

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Mehta, RB 2010, Bollywood, nation, globalization: An incomplete introduction. in RB Mehta & RV Pandharipande (eds), Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora. Anthem Press, pp. 1-198. https://doi.org/10.7135/UPO9781843318897.001
Mehta RB. Bollywood, nation, globalization: An incomplete introduction. In Mehta RB, Pandharipande RV, editors, Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora. Anthem Press. 2010. p. 1-198 https://doi.org/10.7135/UPO9781843318897.001
Mehta, Rini Bhattacharya. / Bollywood, nation, globalization : An incomplete introduction. Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora. editor / Rini Bhattacharya Mehta ; Rajeshwari V Pandharipande. Anthem Press, 2010. pp. 1-198
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