Cinema in motion

tracking Tamil cinema's assemblage

Vijay Devadas*, Selyaraj Velayutham

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter opposes the 'regionalization' of Tamil cinema and traces the transnational flows of Tamil cinema that are asymptotic with those of Hindi. Defining Tamil cinema as 'a cinema in motion', the chapter provides a fascinating glimpse into the different forms of sociality it has produced historically and spatially. The new forms of sociality produced by cinemas in Tamil interrupt the ideology of the Hindi film and the conceptualization of the nation state.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTravels of Bollywood Cinema
Subtitle of host publicationfrom Bombay to LA
EditorsAnjali Gera Roy, Chua Beng Huat
Place of PublicationNew Delhi; Oxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780199081523
ISBN (Print)9780198075981
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Ideology of hindi film
  • Nation state
  • Regionalization
  • Sociality
  • Tamil cinema
  • Transnational flows

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