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Pakistani Cinema: Between the Domestic and the Regional

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Despite the turbulent, changing, and troubled history of Pakistan since its inception as an independent state in 1947, its cinema has remained, for the most part, a model of unchanging stability. Exclusively rooted in the commercial and entertainment sphere of cultural production, it has evolved into a format that exhibits conventional, formulaic, and generic elements, which as Aijaz Gul (2000: 44) states, are manifested in "films of two-and-a-half to three hours, which combine six songs and dances with comedy, tragedy, action and romance."
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Keywords: Bollywood; India; Pakistan; cinema; film industry; stability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Nottingham Trent University

Publication date: 2002-03-01

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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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