Harpercollins Publishers India
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Film & television screenplays
An eclectic collection of essays by the winner of the National Award Swarna Kamal for Best Film Critic 1997 With more than a thousand films produced annually in over fifteen languages India is acknowledged as the largest producer of motion pictures in the world.50 Indian Film Classics provides detailed critical accounts of the most important Indian films beginning with Prem Sanyas (1925) to Rang De Basanti (2006) in languages ranging from Bengali and Hindi to Manipuri and Malayalam and representing a whole gamut of themes: from the 1930s mythological Sant Tukaram to the politically radical Calcutta '71, from art-house favourites like Uski Roti and Mukhamukham to blockbusters like Sholay and Lagaan.
These perceptive essays introduce the reader to the many moods that inform Indian cinema, the austerity of Pather Panchali, the lavishness of Hum Aapke Hain Koun?!, the solemnity of Samskara and the fun and frolic of Amar Akbar Anthony.Illustrated with rare posters and stills this is an invaluable guide to the most significant cinema India has ever produced.
About The Author
M.K. Raghavendra is a film researcher, scholar and critic. He has written extensively on world cinema for Indian and international periodicals. He received the national award for Best Film Critic in 1997, which cited his ?provocative and iconoclastic writing, which inspires debate and discussion, so rare in film criticism today?. His book Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2008) was acknowledged by India Today as among the best books on movies. TABLE OF CONTENTS
50 Indian Film Classics is an assorted and eclectic collection of essays by M. K. Raghavendra, the winner of the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1997.
Summary of the Book
50 Indian Film Classics provides a detailed account of some of the most important and critical films of the Indian film industry. India is the largest producer of films in the world with over a thousand films being produced annually. The book provides valuable information on some of the most critical films including Prem Sanyas, Rang De Basanti, and regional films in languages ranging from Bengali and Hindi to Manipuri and Malayalam. The book also covers mythological films like Sant Tukaram to art films like Uski Roti and Mukhamukham and blockbusters like Lagaan and Sholay.
These essays introduce the reader to the many facets of the Indian cinema, from the serious and austere Pather Panchali to the lavishness and larger than life Hum Aapke Hain Koun?!. The book is well illustrated with rare posters and stills and will make for an ideal read for Indian film aficionados.
About M. K. Raghavendra
M.K. Raghavendra is a film researcher, critic and a scholar. He had received the National Award for the Best Film Critic category in 1997. He has written extensively on world cinema for international periodicals and journals. He has penned down several books including Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema.