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Indian Cinema Fifty Years After Independence: A Cinema of Ferment

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It is the purpose of this paper to show that there are signs of change in the popular cinema of India today. These signs are of a qualitative rather than a quantitative nature. However, they are sufficiently present to lead us to draw certain conclusions: a) that there are signs of a successful merging of India's parallel and popular cinemas. In this merging, there seems to be a tentatively growing acceptance of "new" stories; that among other things, these new stories seem to be/really are empowering women b) that there is a change in the north/south nexus from the way it has traditionally operated. These changes are causing rethinking among filmmakers and changing expectations on the part of the filmgoing public.
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Keywords: India; cinema; expectations; female empowerment; filmmakers; north/south

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1998-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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