The Highway, Automobility, and New Promises in 1960s Bombay Cinema

Monday, November 6, 2017
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Young Research Library - Library Presentation Room 11348

Ranjani Mazumdar

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Admission

Free and open to the public.

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Center for India and South Asia
(310) 206-2654
cisa@international.ucla.edu

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A fascination for color in the 1960s led to Bombay cinema’s mobilization of the hinterland as the site for a new future. With the development of Indian highways and an increase in automobility, a new map of India now occupied the cinematic imagination.

This talk will explore the links between the infrastructure of automobile culture, the highway, industrial development outside the city, and 1960s Bombay Cinema. Ranjani Mazumdar is Professor of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications focus on urban cultures, popular cinema, gender and the cinematic city.

She is the author of Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City (2007) and co-author with Nitin Govil of the forthcoming The Indian Film Industry. Her current research focuses on globalization and film culture, the visual culture of film posters and the intersection of technology, travel, design and colour in 1960s Bombay cinema.

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