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The Indian Mindset Through Cinema Philosophical Issues in Indian Cinema


Apr 04 2023 to Apr 04 2023 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

Every kind of popular narrative has a constituency it addresses, the mindset of which it understands. Cinema is a much-loved form in India and by studying it we can understand the mindset of the Indian public which is its constituency. Since Indian cinema is different from the rest of world cinema in crucial ways, it points to the uniqueness of Indian thinking and idea of creativity. The book which forms the basis of this discussion has identified aspects of Indian cinema in various categories like Bollywood, regional popular cinema and art cinema to arrive at key parameters by which Indian cinema can be examined, like its relationship to reality, expression and fantasy, its notion of causality, the family, its melodrama, its relationship to nationhood, and its idea of character and individuality. Since the theorizing on Indian cinema has been in the English language the critical terms do not quite fit their usage. The strategy has therefore been to approach Indian cinema through these terms and interrogating their usage as a way of arriving at Indian cinema’s uniqueness and that of Indian thinking. The author of the book Philosophical Issues in Indian Cinema: Approximate Terms and Concepts, MK Raghavendra will be in conversation with Chiranjiv Singh and Makarand Paranjape, moderated by Madhavi Peters. A Q&A with the audience will follow the session.

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