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In: Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema

Chapter 5: Usage Problem: Simulation and Hyper-Assimilation in the (Crossover) Bollywood Film

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Usage Problem: Simulation and Hyper-Assimilation in the (Crossover) Bollywood Film
Usage problem: Simulation and hyper-assimilation in the (crossover) bollywood film

In the preceding chapter, the various strategies of Kal Ho Naa Ho and Dostana were examined in relation to contemporary theoretical paradigms of cultural identity and representation in Bollywood. In many ways, these films can be seen as embodying the central tenets of contemporary Bollywood cinema, engaging in ‘play’, even as they seriously reformulate—one might even say, undermine—previous notions of ‘Indianness’. In keeping with this line of inquiry, it is my intention in this final chapter to examine the postmodern strategies of the twenty-first century Bollywood film in relation to contemporary films stemming from the West that attempt to approximate or, in some cases, appropriate, the ...

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