Bollywood without Borders

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London. She is the editor of the well regarded series, ‘South Asian Cinema’, published by Oxford University Press, and is an authority on the many facets of Indian cinema. With Jerry Pinto,  journalist and writer, she has edited Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood: The Many Forms of Hindi Cinema for OUP. 

Indian cinema is now almost synonymous with ‘Bollywood’, both within India and globally. But does this shorthand tell the whole story? Does it encompass the range of India’s cinematic production? Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood explores forms of Hindi cinema that cannot be termed ‘Bollywood’, including those that predate it, and those that are undeniably discrete from it. 

Combining essays and interviews, this volume analyses the many meanings of ‘Bollywood’ by looking at cinema in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1920s, the transition to sound, horror films, film songs, and much more. In the process the book addresses issues which are essential to understanding the history of Hindi cinema and film culture. The interviews bring out ideas and reflections on the current situation from key figures including Anurag Kashyap, Bina Paul, and Abhay Deol in the industry. From DVD pricing and its effect on filmmaking to the development of ‘hatke’ cinema and the role of film festivals in shaping popular culture––the first-hand insights shed new light on how Hindi cinema and its audiences are always in flux.

The book consists of scholarly articles by Dwyer, Ravi Vasudevan, Jerry Pinto, and others, and a series of interviews by Jerry Pinto with current Bollywood personalities such as Anurag Kashyap, Jabbar Patel, Abhay Deol and others.  

M K Raghavendra, critic and author of a recent book,  Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema (OUP,  2008) calls it  "a welcome addition to the literature available on Indian cinema ... The introduction is cogently written and is comprehensive in its treatment of the varied contents.

 In our Film Studies section, in hardcover, 320 pages, Rs 695. ISBN: 9780198069263