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Chapter 2: The Bollywood Song and Dance, or Making a Culinary Theatre from Dung-Cakes and Dust*

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The Bollywood Song and Dance, or Making a Culinary Theatre from Dung-Cakes and Dust*
The bollywood song and dance, or making a culinary theatre from dung-cakes and dust

The preceding chapter examined how an indigenous religious frame is used to (under)theorize popular Hindi cinema and its implied viewers. Another dominant paradigm, in this case stemming from the West, that is used to position the Bollywood film and its implied viewers within an antediluvian context is the musical frame, particularly as exemplified by Hollywood's ‘Golden Years’ of this genre, the 1930s to 1950s. In a double sense, contemporary Bollywood cinema is wedded to a pre-localized ‘West’ and a pre-localized (and previous) era, thus positioning its song and dance sequences as imitative (of Hollywood musicals), a framing furthered ...

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