World Film Locations: Mumbai

Edited by Helio San Miguel

Edited by Helio San Miguel

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781841506326 Published December 2012

 
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is a megalopolis of dramatic diversity and heartbreaking extremes, with wealthy areas located just steps away from the searing poverty of its huge slums. The home of Bollywood, Mumbai is also the epicenter of India’s film industry and its foremost film location. Through the lens of Mumbai’s manifold cinematic representations, World Film Locations: Mumbai explores the sheer complexity of this incomparable city.
 
This volume comprises insightful essays and beautifully illustrated scene analyses by leading scholars and film critics who explore the ways filmmakers from India and abroad have represented Mumbai’s astonishing urban and human landscape. Taken together, these contributions show how movies have created in the imaginations of billions of spectators the vivid image of a city that constantly tempts people to escape their dreary existence and offers them chances to fulfill their dreams. The first book to focus on cinematic representations of what is perhaps the world’s most-filmed city, World Film Locations: Mumbai will be necessary reading for scholars and film buffs alike.

Contents
Acknowledgements and Dedication
Introduction

Mumbai: City of the Imagination
      Helio San Miguel
Bollywood: The Thousand Flavours of the Cinema of Mumbai
      Alberto Elena
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1948–1966
Victoria Terminus: Gateway of India's Dreams
      Mayank Shekhar
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1970–1978
Counter-Bollywood: Realist Fables from the City of Dreams
      Nandini Ramnath
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1979–1989
Mumbai Noir: An Uncanny Present
      Ranjani Mazumdar
Map of Scenes 25–32: 1989–2000
Bombay, Post 6 December 1992: Space and Time of Communalism
      Lalitha Gopalan
Map of Scenes 33–39: 2001–2008
Bollywood Dynasties: Star Power and Lineage in Mumbai's Film Aristocracy
      Devrath Sagar
Map of Scenes 40–46: 2008–2010

Resources
Contributors
Filmography
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