Tamil Cinema: the cultural politics of India's other film industry

Selvaraj Velayutham* (Editor)

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Hitherto, the academic study of Indian cinema has focused primarily on Bollywood, despite the fact that the Tamil film industry, based in southern India, has overtaken Bollywood in terms of annual output. This book examines critically the cultural and cinematic representations in Tamil cinema. It outlines its history and distinctive characteristics, and proceeds to consider a number of important themes such as gender, religion, class, caste, fandom, cinematic genre, the politics of identity and diaspora. Throughout, the book cogently links the analysis to wider social, political and cultural phenomena in Tamil and Indian society. Overall, it is an exciting and original contribution to an under-studied field, also facilitating a fresh consideration of the existing body of scholarship on Indian cinema.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages218
ISBN (Electronic)9780203930373, 9781134154463
ISBN (Print)0203930371, 9780415396806
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameRoutledge Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group


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