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Few would deny that the most significant weapon in India's cultural and artistic armory is its avowedly commercial cinema, now known as Bollywood. This anthology aims to portray the “soft” power of Bollywood, which makes it a unique and powerful disseminator of Indian culture and values abroad. The essays in the book examine Bollywood's popularity within and outside South Asia, focusing on its role in international relations and diplomacy.

In addition to contributions that directly engage with the notion of soft power, a number of essays in the volume testify to the attractiveness of Bollywood cinema for ethnically diverse groups across the world, probe the reasons for its appeal, and explore its audiences' identification with cinematic narratives.

Established and emerging scholars in literature, theater, film, dance, music, ...

“Dada Negativity” and Pakistani Characters in Bollywood Films
“Dada negativity” and Pakistani characters in bollywood films
KamaludDin and NukhbahTajLangah

Since the independence of India and Pakistan, the Bollywood film industry has journeyed through various phases of political and military conflicts as well as diplomatic wrangling, focusing on the historical and political realities of these two countries, along with commenting and critiquing on their foreign policies. There are three historical phases on which popular Indian cinema has focused. In the first phase, the themes of Partition, migration, relocation, and traumas faced by the victims of Partition became crucially important as indicated through many films recently, for instance, Train to Pakistan (1998), Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), Veer-Zaara (2004), and Partition (2007). In the second phase, the focus shifted ...

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