Bollywood Cinema

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Bollywood cinema encompasses a variety of genres. It’s superior ability to create a connection between all strata’s of viewers gives us a reason to explore the hidden representations in Bollywood cinema. Not long after India regained its independence, a new era of Indian Cinema began. This era put forth heart wrenching movies, filled with patriotic messages and a very clean concept of national progress. The main concept of the nation-state was integrated in almost every Hindi cinema that was created ever since. Nationalism meant protecting the accrual of wealth within the nation, countries like India were going through a phase of protectionism. However, a significant problem arose, within India, the nation consisted of diverse culture and many languages, so creating the homogeneity that was needed to drive this concept of nation-state, would just fall through the cracks, unless some kinds of unification methods weren’t evolved. Indian cinema, mainly talking about Hindi Cinema well-known today as Bollywood cinema, created this imagery of a nation. Bollywood cinema adapted the conservative and “ancient” tradition, as a modern idea of “nation”. There by creating a separate category of melodrama which was termed as “feudal family romance” by Madhava Prasad. This melodrama encompassed a film making technique where the nation would be depicted as a family on screen. And all the troubles faced by the family were a small representation of the bigger national problems. The realism used in these depictions was also modified to fit this “national” interest. It was just snippets of reality that was borrowed and made to look like the problems faced by the entire Indian nation. So in actual reality these were the problems mainly faced by the b... ... middle of paper ... ...hown in QSQT, this still conflicts with what happens in reality. Which brings me to my last point, epic melodrama in Hindi cinema, creates a imaginary realism, which can only be potrayed through movies, this realism is contrasting to what the nation and people go through in a day to day life. These maybe representations of the feelings that people have been going through all along. However, though epic melodrama successfully weaves together the contradictory ideologies but when it is shown through a realistic point of view, these ideologies will fail. Epic melodrama, is a cinematic technique that attracts and creates all the emotions that are rendered by the characters to be felt by the cinema audience, but it ends the moment the reel finishes, as real life implementations of all the messages, are not only hard, but according to me till a great degree impossible.
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