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Bollywood and its Implied Viewers
Bollywood and its implied viewers

Popular Hindi cinema, or Bollywood, is one of the most prolific and widespread cinemas in the world. The theorization of this particular art form, a syncretic blending of a variety of tropes and genres, however, continues to situate it within a primarily theatrical frame, stemming from previous models applied to the study of Indian theatrical performances. Along with suggesting aesthetic distinctions, the application of a theatrical model is based upon, and subsequently reaffirms, a devotional paradigm (also associated with older theatrical models) in which the native/Indian/‘Hindu’ viewer is assigned a primarily religious perspective.

I am concerned in this chapter, then, with both delineating the structures and applications of these theatrical and religious models and examining how they ...

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