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Exploring Hindi Cinema


Sarat Kumar Jena


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Course Name : Exploring Hindi Cinema

Code(Credit) : CUTM1268(2-2-2)

Course Objectives

  • To impart overall idea to the learners on the Hindi Cinema from colonial time to till date.

  • To deliver to the learners various phases of development and growth of Hindi Cinema.

  • To impart knowledge of Cinematic Narrative by keeping art and aesthetic value of Performance in Hindi Cinema with a special emphasis on Hindi Songs of the Indian Panorama.

  • To attend screening of Indian Panorama by learners.

Learning Outcomes


  • After successful completion of the course the learners will be able to understand the rise of the Hindi Cinema from beginning to till date.

  • The learners would be able to appreciate the arts and aesthetic values of Hindi Cinema.

  • The learners will be able to distinguish the role and function of the India Panorama.

Course Syllabus

Module I


Historical Overview:


The Parsi Theatre
The Silent Era and The Talkie
Narrating the Nation in Hindi Cinema
Romance and Social Mores: “Heroes and Heroines”


Module II


Some Significant Turns:


New Wave Cinema and The Formula Film
The Angry Young Man
The Indian Diaspora and Bollywood
Contemporary Bollywood Cinema


Module III


The Hindi Film Song:


Cinematic Narrative and the Song (theme, mood, story, relief, interior
monologue subversion)
Aesthetics: Rasa and Abhinaya, Raga and Tala
The Score – Lyrics, Music, Singer
Entertainment and the Public Imagination


Module IV


Hindi Cinema- Two case studies:


Suggested screenings:


Do Bigha Zamin/Bandini
Sahab, Bibi, Ghulam/ Pyaasa,
Awara/Shri 420
Deewar/ Zanjeer
Koi Mil Gaya/Krish
HTHK/DDLJ/Maine Pyar Kiya
Sholay/Amar Akbar Anthony


Indicative Reading List:


Bose, Mihir . Bollywood: a history. Tempus. 2006.
Griffiths, Alison "Discourses of Nationalism in Guru Dutt's Pyaasa," Deep Focus, 6.
Manschot, Johan; Vos, Marijke de . Behind the scenes of Hindi cinema: a
visual journey through the heart of Bollywood. KIT. 2005.
Mazumdar, Ranjani “Rage on Screen” from her Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2007 .
Rajadhyaksha, Ashish "Indian Cinema: Origins to Independence," in Geoffrey Nowell Smith, ed. The Oxford History of World Cinema. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ramachandran, T. M. 70 years of Indian cinema, 1913–1983. CINEMA India-International. June 1985.

Session Plan

Session 1

Introduction to Hindi Cinema

Introduction to History of Indian Cinema


Session 2

Parsi Theatre

The Parsi Theatre


Session 3

Silent Era and Talkies in Hindi Cinema


Session 4

Nation and Hindi Cinema

Nation in Indian Cinema


Session 5

Romance and Social Realism in Hindi Cinema

Social Impact of Hindi Cinema


Session 6

Stardom in Hindi Cinema

Hindi Cinema of 1960s

Era of Stardom in Hindi Cinema


Session 7

Session 8

The Indian New Wave Cinema

Formula Film


Session 9

The Angry Young Man

Angry Young Man


Session 10

Session 11

Contemporary Bollywood Cinema

Popular Indian Cinema in the 21st Century

New Indian Cinema



Session 12

Session 13

Aesthetics in Hindi Film Songs

Aesthetics of Hindi Film Songs

Selected Hindi Film Songs


Session 14

Lyrics, Music, Singer in Bollywood

Evolutionary Change in Bollywood Lyrics



Session 15

Entertainment and Public Imagination

Bollywood and Indian Imagination


Session 16

Screening of Hindi Cinema

DO BIGHA ZAMEEN (1953) by Bimal Roy


Session 17

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Bandini (1963) by Bimal Roy


Session 18

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Saheb, Bibi, Ghulam (1962) by Abrar Alvi


Session 19

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Pyasaa (1957) by Guru Dutt


Session 20

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Awara (1956) by Raj Kapoor


Session 21

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Shri 420 (1955) by Raj Kapoor


Session 22

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Mughal-e-Azam (1960) by K Asif


Session 23

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Pakeeza (1972) by Kamal Amrohi


Session 24

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Deewar (1975) by Yash Chopra


Session 25

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Zanjeer (1973) by Prakash Mehra


Session 26

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Sholay (1975) by Ramesh Sippy


Session 27

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) by Satyajit Ray


Session 28

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Mother India (1957) by Mehboob Khan


Session 29

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) by Sooraj Barjatya


Session 30

Screening of Hindi Cinema

Jodha Akbar (2008) by Ashutosh Gowarikar


Case Studies I

Project Work on Hindi Cinema (1960s, 1970s)

Case Studies II

Project Work on Contemporary Hindi Cinema

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