Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film

Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film

Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film

The first comprehensive inquiry into the origin and growth of regional language cinema in India, this book traces the development...

  • ISBN: 9780198071587
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  • Author M.K. Raghavendra
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Binding Paperback
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The first comprehensive inquiry into the origin and growth of regional language cinema in India, this book traces the development of Kannada cinema from the 1940s to the new millennium.
Focusing on the role regional language cinema plays, the book examines the conflict between the ‘region’ and the ‘nation’ in the regional consciousness. Raghavendra traces the shape of Kannada cinema to its origins in a princely state under indirect British rule and inquires into the effect of the linguistic reorganization of the states in the 1950s upon the regional identity. Exploring the influence of national developments––from the ascendancy of Indira Gandhi in the 1960s to economic liberalization in the 1990s––on regional identity, the book provides first-time assessments of the Kannada star Rajkumar as a regional icon and the changing meaning of Bangalore city to the Kannada-speaking public.

About The Author

M.K. Raghavendra is a film critic and scholar living in Bangalore, India. He was one of the founder editors of Deep Focus and is a winner of the ‘National Award for the Best Film Critic––The Swarna Kamal’. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema (OUP 2008), included by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) in its list of the best books on film (3rd Edition).

Author M.K. Raghavendra
ISBN 9780198071587
Langauage English
Pages 264
Publisher Oxford University Press
Binding Paperback

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