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Posts from — September 2010

The Politics of Moral Panics and Tamil Cinema

What triggers moral panics in Tamil Nadu and who triggers them for what can possibly be taken up as a good PhD level dissertation. There are so many interesting variables and so many hidden variables. This week’s moral panic story concerns the beatings one Tamil film director, Mr Samy, got along with his friends while going to watch his new release, Sindhu Samaveli (The Plains of Sindhu). [Read more →]

September 8, 2010   1 Comment  

National 35 Sprinty BC:The “Made in India” Camera

The nation that prides itself as the next superpower and claims to be always third,second or first country to put rockets, satellites of several denominations in space is also a nation that was/is incapable of producing a low tech item such as a 35 mm camera. Its closest attempt in getting a “Made in India” camera was enacted during mid 1970s in a CSIR facility, National Instruments, at Calcutta. The camera sports the tag, National 35 Sprinty BC. It retailed for Rs 780. More on this here.

September 8, 2010   No Comments  

The Man Who Was Seen Too Much: Amitabh Bachchan on Film Posters

by Ranjani Mazumdar

I’m sharing an essay I read on the Bachchan film posters. It has been written by Ranjani Mazumdar, Associate Professor of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Ranjani has previously written on the Bombay film poster, but this paper works specifically on Amitabh Bachchan, and it creates a visual map of how cinema responded to societal changes in the 1970s, and also traces Bachchan’s rise to stardom through the film poster.

The essay is four-pages long, and you have to go to the bottom right corner of the page and click on ‘next’, a link that isn’t very visible on the page.

Click here to access the essay.

September 7, 2010   No Comments