Tamil Cinema

By Selvaraj Velayutham

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Hitherto, the academic study of Indian cinema has focused primarily on Bollywood, despite the fact that the Tamil film industry, based in southern India, has overtaken Bollywood in terms of annual output. This book examines critically the cultural and cinematic representations in Tamil cinema. It outlines its history and distinctive characteristics, and proceeds to consider a number of important themes such as gender, religion, class, caste, fandom, cinematic genre, the politics of identity and diaspora. Throughout, the book cogently links the analysis to wider social, political and cultural phenomena in Tamil and Indian society. Overall, it is an exciting and original contribution to an under-studied field, also facilitating a fresh consideration of the existing body of scholarship on Indian cinema.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Social Sciences -> Media Studies

Tamil Cinema
The Cultural Politics of India's other Film Industry
1st edition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis 4/3/08
Imprint: Routledge
Language: English
Length: 224 pages

ISBN 10: 1134154453
ISBN 13: 9781134154456
Print ISBN: 9780415396806

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