Event Title

The New Age of Bollywood

Presenter Information

Meghna Diwan, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 242

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 10:25 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Bollywood movies have generally been a source of escape from reality for the middle class of India. Although the middle class makes up a large segment of the society, most are unaware of the social-economic, religious or educational problems that face people around them. Movies can be a powerful source of delivering these messages to them and articulating discussion. Since the 21st Century, filmmakers in India have been trying to use Bollywood as an instrument of sending these messages to the middle class. However, they have slowly come to realize that the only way of appealing to the Indian mass population is by disguising the messages within the glamorous world of Bollywood. In my paper, I will look into why filmmakers need to camouflage their messages, how successful they have been in doing so and whether this technique will start a new culture of Indian cinema going forth. The films that I will look at include "3 Idiots", "PK", "Oh My God!", "Munnabhai MBBS", "Lage Raho Munnabhai" and "Koi Mil Gaya".

Faculty Sponsor

Nikky Singh

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Religious Studies Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1761

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 10:25 AM

The New Age of Bollywood

Diamond 242

Bollywood movies have generally been a source of escape from reality for the middle class of India. Although the middle class makes up a large segment of the society, most are unaware of the social-economic, religious or educational problems that face people around them. Movies can be a powerful source of delivering these messages to them and articulating discussion. Since the 21st Century, filmmakers in India have been trying to use Bollywood as an instrument of sending these messages to the middle class. However, they have slowly come to realize that the only way of appealing to the Indian mass population is by disguising the messages within the glamorous world of Bollywood. In my paper, I will look into why filmmakers need to camouflage their messages, how successful they have been in doing so and whether this technique will start a new culture of Indian cinema going forth. The films that I will look at include "3 Idiots", "PK", "Oh My God!", "Munnabhai MBBS", "Lage Raho Munnabhai" and "Koi Mil Gaya".

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/373