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Echoes & Eloquences: The life and cinema of Gulzar

By Saibal Chatterjee

Rupa & Co, 2007. First edition. Hardcover. New. 16 X 24 cm. Whether he is conjuring up exquisite lyrics, authoring delightful screenplays or directing profoundly moving celluloid odes, Gulzar, peerless poet, sensitive writer and outstanding filmmaker, is a consummate master of his craft. The world that the man behind the genius inhabits is as magical as his inimitable creative output. This book is more than a mere record of a life lived and a career pursued because a simple biography cannot do justice to the range literature and cinema. It represents an attempt to grasp some of the truths, values, influences and artistic cornerstones that constitute the vision of a colossus who remains one of Mumbai cinema’s last active links with its golden era. Printed Pages: 266. Echoes & Eloquences: The life and cinema of GulzarSaibal Chatterjee9788129112354


The Threshold: A Film by Jabbar Patel

By Vijay Tendulkar

Seagull Books, 1985. First edition. Softcover. New. In his fourth film, theatre and film director Jabbar Patel shows a woman growing beyond the limits so gently and yet so firmly imposed by an apparently liberal and progressive family. Printed Pages: 110. Threshold: A Film by Jabbar PatelVijay Tendulkar9788170460077


The Fifth Act

By Ingmar Bergman

Seagull Books, 2002. First edition. Softcover. New. Award winning film director Ingmar Bergman’s scripts are among the most important documents in film history. Though his vision in such films as Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal has shaped our thinking about the cinema, the vast majority of his most powerful recent work only slowly finds its way to American theatres. The Fifth Act brings to English readers for the first time some of the finest creations of Bergman’s mature years. In these scenarios of extraordinary frankness, even rawness, Bergman shows his tender yet realistic views on the world of theatre, cinema, and acting, culminating with In the Presence of a Clown, where he returns to the character of his Uncle Carl, an irrepressible inventor who comes up with an early version of the talking film. These most recent scripts, in effect Bergman’s own fifth act, add an important and moving chapter to his life work. A preface contextualizing the scripts within Bergman’s oeuvre has been added by Lasse Bergström, a Swedish film critic as well as the publisher of Bergman’s work in Sweden. Printed Pages: 160. Fifth ActIngmar Bergman9788170462033


Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema (New Edition)
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Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema (New Edition)

By Nasreen Munni Kabir

Oxford University Press, 2004. First edition. Hardcover. New. 18 x 25 cm. Nasreen Munni Kabir traces the life of this gifted and unusual man through studies of his films and many interviews with his family, friends, and work colleagues. The book describes in careful detail the making of such classics as Pyaasa, Kaagaz ke Phool, and Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam, providing invaluable information for those who know the quiet brilliance of Guru Dutt`s films. Technicians, music directors, actors and others who worked closely with Guru Dutt, recount the experience of knowing him, and their memories uncover aspects that are less known. Originally published in 1996, this was one of the first in-depth studies of an Indian director, some years before `Bollywood` and anything asociated with it had stirred curiosity across the world. This new edition, with appealing visuals, brings to life Guru Dutt`s vivid and complex personality through observations on his films and through the voices of the many who knew him. Complete with photographs and a filmography, this book is a must-have for all cinephiles, especially the general reader and the student interested in Indian cinema. Printed Pages: 236. NA


Montage: Life, Politics, Cinema

By Mrinal Sen

Seagull Books, 2002. First edition. Hardcover. New. Veteran filmmaker Mrinal Sen has always seen his life and work as part of the social and political fabric of his time. As he has continued to experiment with cinema over the decades, evolving his own quest in response to the changing times, he has also maintained an acute social critique, which shows in his films, writings and interviews. The infant terrible of Indian cinema in the 60s and 70s, he is now known for his subtle, nuanced films, which capture a moment of crisis, a moment of truth, in the ordinary lives of ordinary people. This collection encapsulates close to half a century of filmmaking. It includes original writings - memoirs, letters, musings on politics, literature, theatre and cinema; critiques of Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak, Chaplin and a host of other international filmmakers, especially those from Latin America; and Intensive interviews with scholars, critics and filmmakers such as Samik Banerjee, Swapan Mullick and Reinhard Hauff. In juxtaposition with intimate photographs of the artist at work and stills from his movies, these form a rare montage of the filmmaker and the man, mapping an unusual creative landscape, which offers valuable insights into his films. There is also a complete filmography encompassing his features, telefilms and documentaries. Printed Pages: 380. Montage: Life, Politics, CinemaMrinal Sen9788170461647


Great Movies: 100 Years of Cinema

By Parragon Publishing India

Parragon Publishing India. Hardcover. New. Featuring 100 best and most influential movies ever made, this book includes many all - time favourites as well as some that may be new to you. Printed Pages: 320. NA


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By M.K. Raghavendra

Oxford University Press, 2016. Softcover. New. Awaara, Sholay, Deewar, Hum Apke Hain Koun..!, 3 Idiots. The success stories of these cult films are not only well known, but have also benchmarked a specific kind of cinema that exerts a far-reaching appeal. Often misunderstood to represent all Hindi cinema, Bollywood, as a distinct industry operating within Indian cinema, has not received due attention. Replete with its own set of motifs, plot devices, tropes, and even themes, much of what is produced shares not only a devoted audience, but also big budgets, stars, larger-than-life sets, and enormous revenues. In Bollywood, M.K. Raghavendra maps the dramatic journey of this popular, mainstream phenomenon. He dwells on the various departures from Western cinema and examines the characteristic traits specific to Bollywood, relating them to classical aesthetics, poetics, and dramaturgy. While also touching upon its various production and distribution practices, this short introduction explains the assorted roles it has played in suturing pan-Indian and national cinema before and after 1947, and anticipates its future as a sustained form of global entertainment. Contents: Introduction: The Hindi Film and Its Significance 1. The Historical Trajectory of the Hindi Film Narrative 2. The Grammar and Aesthetics of Popular Hindi Cinema 3. The Production and Distribution of Hindi Films 4. Global Bollywood Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 190. NA


Satyajit Ray

By Shyam Benegal

Seagull Books, 2003. First edition. Softcover. New. With the Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apur Sansar) in the fifties, Satyajit Ray caught the attention of cinema connoisseurs all over the world. The trilogy, which is the story of Apu, is also the story of growing up in India. It traces Apu`s growth from a childhood harsh with poverty but brightened by a passion for creativity and learning, into a battered maturity. This volume, containing a foreword and working sketches by Ray, who also checked and edited the text which is based on a shot-by-shot viewing of the films, brings you the first authorized publication of these scripts in their entirety. Printed Pages: 148. Satyajit RayShyam Benegal9788170462439


Murder in Bollywood

By Shadaab Amjad Khan

Penguin Books India, 2015. Softcover. New. Someone at this table has killed before and someone at this table will kill again`. Nikhil Kapoor, Bollywoods biggest film director, made this shocking proclamation to his friends one night. Sameer Ali Khan, Bollywoods badshah, seethed with rage. Nyra Oberoi, filmdoms queen-in-waiting, turned her face away. Ishan Malhotra, producer extraordinaire, laughed out loud, while Kiki Fernandez, dress designer to the stars, looked afraid. Two nights later, both Nikhil and his wife, leading actress Mallika Kapoor, were found dead. It is up to Senior Inspector Hoshiyar Khan to solve the puzzle. Printed Pages: 240. NA


A Critical Study of Deepa Mehta’s Trilogy Fire, Earth and Water

By Manju Jaidka

Readworthy Publications (P) Ltd., 2011. Hardcover. New. Deepa Mehta is an acclaimed Indo-Canadian script writer and film director. She challenges conservative social mores and attempts to rewrite history, representing `her` story instead of `his`. Mehta has been a controversial figure ever since 1998 when her film Fire was banned in India for its explicit portrayal of lesbianism. Her next film Earth spoke of the Partition of India and how it affected the lives of women. With her third film Water, Mehta again ran into trouble with fundamentalists when she tried to focus on the shabby treatment meted out to widows by traditional Hindu society. This book makes a critical study of Deepa Mehta`s `Elemental Trilogy`— Fire, Earth and Water. Focusing on the film texts, it examines the silent spaces in-between the signifiers and tunes into the unheard voices that patriarchy has been deaf to. It also studies the impact of Mehta`s work, critically analyzing the hostile reception accorded to her work, and the by-and-large-favourable response of the female section of the society. Table Of Contents Desire in Another Language: The Politics of Fire Engendering History: 1947 Earth Abandoned by the Riverside: Water Beyond National Boundaries Deepa Mehta: On a Personal Note Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 103. Critical Study of Deepa Mehta’s Trilogy Fire, Earth and WaterManju Jaidka9789350180617


Seeing Stars: Spectacle, Society and Celebrity Culture

By Pramod K. Nayar

Sage Publications, 2009. First edition. Softcover. New. Who Wants to be a celebrity? With this question, Pramod K Nayar sets the tone of Seeing Stars: Spectacle, Society and Celebrity Culture—a study of the popular phenomenon of celebrity razzmatazz. Nayar delves into various aspects of celebrity culture—from the making of celebrity charisma to celebrity scandals and the consumption of celebrities by the masses. Beginning with Indian film celebrities of the early 1990s, the book demonstrates how celebrities are manufactured, packaged and sold to adoring audiences that are always thirsty for spectacles that pique their imagination and dazzle their lives. A first-of-its-kind study of celebrity and ‘Page 3’ culture in India, the book explores `celebrity ecology` in order to understand the processes that transform a celebrity into a ‘consumer product’. Drawing upon examples from sports, Bollywood, TV contests, politics, as well as global stars, the book deals with issues of power, ideology and economy, the role of media, fans and fandom, audience psyche, audience-celebrity relations and celebrity iconography. Written in an engaging style and covering a wide variety of media forms and sources, Nayar`s book is in-depth as well as accessible, academic as well as entertaining. It will appeal to researchers and students of culture studies, sociology, mass communication, film studies and media studies and, at the same time, find resonance with the general audience. Printed Pages: 220. NA


Apu and After: Re-visiting Ray´s Cinema
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Apu and After: Re-visiting Ray´s Cinema

By Moinak Biswas

Seagull Books, 2005. First edition. Softcover. New. Satyajit Ray is widely acknowledged to be one of the masters of world cinema. This anthology of critical essays presents a reassessment of his entire oeuvre. The essays range from a close reading of individual films to broader analyses of Ray´s thematic and stylistic concerns. The essays assess Ray´s preoccupations with realism; the development of cinematic modernism in his films; the cultural and ideological context of his work; representational and narrative strategies; and his sense of artistic practice. Printed Pages: 328. Apu and After: Re-visiting Ray´s CinemaMoinak Biswas9781905422265


Kamalahasan: The Consummate Actor

By Roopa Swaminathan

Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd., 2003. Hardcover. New. Kamalhasan began his journey as a child artist in Kalathur Kannamma. Since then, he has worked in over two hundred films and won umpteen awards. In spite of having been exposed to formal education only till standard IX, Kamal is a creative genius. Printed Pages: 64. Kamalahasan: The Consummate ActorRoopa Swaminathan9788129103031


100 Years of Jump Cuts and Fade Outs: Tracking Change in Indian Cinema

By Shoma Chatterji

Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd, 2014. Softcover. New. From the movie-going public in India to its diaspora scattered across the world, Indian cinema finds space in the life and consciousness of anyone who engages with it, either for entertainment or out of academic interest. And, from Raja Harishchandra, the first full-length Indian feature film released in 1913, to the present, when Indian cinema is garnering global attention and appreciation, the Indian film industry itself has come a long way and has undergone seminal changes. 100 Years of Jump-Cuts and Fade-Outs: Tracking Change in Indian Cinema traces the manner in which Indian films have evolved over the last century. Beginning with the era of silent films, Shoma A. Chatterji examines how adaptations of literary works have moved away from the original; debates the treatment of violence and political ideas in our movies; analyses the representation of sexual minorities in films: and explores the thorny issue of censorship versus creative license. She also profiles some of the regional avant-garde films of the country, as well as political and parallel cinema, and tracks the evolution of the item song. Dealing chiefly with mainstream Bollywood, the author demonstrates the change that is gradually sweeping the industry, in spite of the prevalence of formula-based films. In many cases, she shows how the formulae themselves are changing. Well-researched, insightful, and supporting each argument with sound, apt examples, 100 Years of Jump-Cuts and Fade-Outs presents a compelling account of one of our most important and prolific industries."" Printed Pages: 352. NA


Cinema of Enchantment: Perso-Arabic Genealogies of the Hindi Masala Film

By Anjali Gera Roy

Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd, 2015. First edition. Hardcover. New. A fascinating account of the theatrical beginnings of Bollywood and the Indo-Islamic storytelling traditions of the subcontinent, the volume looks at how Islamicate cultures have richly informed and structured mainstream Hindi cinema. It tells us how it was Urdu which provided the language of quintessential romance, passion and poetry for it. Acknowledging the central contribution of Hindu mythology, narrative visual arts and epics on storytelling in film, the volume isolates Bollywood’s generic debt to the Perso-Arabic legacies of tilism or enchantment, qissa and dastan, which have been marginalised in the construction of popular Hindi cinema as national cinema. It looks at the structure and narrative form of Orientalist genres of the Silent period, stunt films, costume dramas, and their continuity in the ‘masala’ film of the 1960s and 1970s. As opposed to the lens of fantasy through which the dream-world of Hindi cinema has been traditionally perceived, it suggests that tilism may provide a framework for examining its magical and enchanting universe. The influence of Urdu writers, pre- and post Partition, Urdu poetry and Sufism on film scripts, dialogue and music ensured that the language of Firdausi, Ghalib and Zafar lived on in popular imagination. Bollywood, thus, provided one of the last havens for preserving and performing India’s famed syncretic ‘Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb’—wherein Hindi and Urdu are not two but are deeply implicated in one another—even as it disappeared from other public spaces. The volume is addressed to students and scholars in the fields of cinema, culture and media studies, film history. Any reader interested in Hindi films and popular culture would also find it engaging and insightful. Printed Pages: 260. NA


A Poster Boy
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A Poster Boy

By Anjali Raghbeer,Deepak M. Saarsar

Wisdom Tree, 2012. Hardcover. New. There was a time when every Bollywood film release was accompanied by hand-painted, cinema posters. One could see the vivid posters on display on street corners, walls, electricity poles and not to forget the towering billboard versions. These posters, painted in oil on canvas, always presented a larger than life image of the hero, heroine and the villain. Over the past couple of decades, digital production of movie posters has forced the art of creating every single poster by hand close to extinction. But there are some individuals who are trying to preserve this art form for the future generations by collecting and exhibiting old posters and by providing a platform to the last remaining artists. These curators and artists cater to the demands of fans who are charmed by the magic of Hindi movies. Flip through the pages to live through these magical moments! Printed Pages: 24. NA


Movie Stars: Unseen Archives

By Parragon Publishing India

Parragon Publishing India. Hardcover. New. A collection about all your favourite Hollywood stars from the silent era to the present day Printed Pages: 320. NA


The Dialogue of Mother India

By Nasreen Munni Kabir

Niyogi Books, 2010. First edition. Softcover. New. 26 x 23 cm. The Dialogue of Mother India, Mehboob Khan s Immortal Classic features the film s complete dialogue by Vajahat Mirza and S. Ali Raza and songs by Shakeel Badayuni presented in Hindi, Urdu, and Roman scripts. Lavishly illustrated, the original dialogue is accompanied by an English translation, introduction and commentary. Though cinema is primarily a visual medium, dialogue is crucial to every aspect of the film narrative. It can identify the location of the story, direct and hold the attention of the viewer, develop plot, create atmosphere, situate the story in a social and cultural context and, most importantly, reveal and express every character s emotion. The film s dialogue, brilliantly delivered by Nargis, Raaj Kumar, Kanhaiyalal, Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar bring alive this magnificent saga of survival and fortitude. Acknowledged as one of Indian cinema s most important and best-loved films, Mehboob Khan s Mother India has a powerful and poignant screenplay that matches its visual beauty and enduring appeal. Printed Pages: 317. Dialogue of Mother IndiaNasreen Munni Kabir9788189738587


The Female Supernatural Being in Contemporary Gothic Literature and Film

By Prerna Gill

KW Publishers, 2014. Hardcover. New. This paper was originally prepared in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an MA degree in contemporary English literatures from Leeds Metropolitan University. The work is heavily focused on supernatural elements in the relevant texts examined here, with an emphasis on the female supernatural being and her evolution in both literature and film. Psychoanalytic examination and a close analysis of the relationships between supernatural elements and the current social scenario, are used to provide a few possible explanations for both the purpose and need for the changing role of the female supernatural being in contemporary fiction. One example is the analysis of the eponymous and possibly spectral character in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Whilst the treatment of race and racism has been studied by a number of critics, this paper is an attempt to bring focus on the portrayal of the feminine and masculine, mother–daughter duality and the fading boundaries between past and present through a feminine form. Other works examined in this paper include Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking, Stephen King’s Carrie and the films The Exorcist and An American Haunting. This paper is in no way a complete and a thorough study of the female supernatural in contemporary fiction. It is an attempt to study and speculate on the female occult in the selected texts and films, with the aim of providing a few ideas on the purpose behind the changing roles and image of a popular group of fictional characters. Contents:- Abstract Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Supernatural Female in on Temporary Female Gothic Literature 1.1 Sethe and Beloved in Toni Morrison’s Beloved 1.2 Rachel Morgan in Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking 2. The Female Other in Male Gothic Literature 2.1 Female Vampires in Stoker’s Dracula and Le Fanu’s Carmilla 2.2 Stephen King’s Carrie 3. Film and the Female ‘Monster’ 3.1 The Exorcist 3.2 An American Haunting Printed Pages: 95. NA


Global Bollywood

By Sangita Gopal & Sujata Moorti (eds)

Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd., 2010. Softcover. New. 15 x 24 cm. Bollywood movies and their signature song and dance spectacles are an aesthetic familiar to people around the world, and Bollywood music now provides the rhythm for ads marketing goods such as computers and a beat for remixes and underground bands. These musical numbers have inspired scenes in Western films such as Vanity Fair and Moulin Rouge. Global Bollywood shows how this currency in popular culture and among diasporic communities marks only the latest phase of the genre’s world travels. This interdisciplinary collection describes the many roots and routes of the Bollywood song and dance spectacle. Examining the reception of Bollywood music in places as diverse as Indonesia and Israel, the essays offer a stimulating redefinition of globalization, highlighting the cultural influence of Hindi film music from its origins early in the twentieth century today. Printed Pages: 332. NA


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