SAGE Publications Ltd
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Cinema & Broadcast
This book documents the history of Tamil cinema, one of the most colossal film industries in the world and studies the major studios of Madras, the largest outside classical Hollywood in the private sector.
It engages with five major studios of MadrasModern Theatres, AVM, Gemini, Vijaya - Vauhini and Prasad through the origins of their founders and explicates how their history influenced the narratives, genre and ideology of the canonical films made in Madras studios, arguing for their lasting influence on Tamil cinema.
Based on rare primary and secondary materials and oral history, this book engages with Tamil cinema at the intersection of its industrial, cultural and socio - political history to argue for its specificity in terms of its aesthetics and its belief in the potential of the medium to mobilize audiences for ideology, politics and reflexivity.
Table of contents :-
A Multiplicity of Influence: Modern Theatres and Its Films
The AVM and the Gemini Studios: The Dravidian Movement and the Competing Narratives
Vijaya - Vauhini and Prasad: The Other Narratives
Traces of the Studio System: A Certain Tendency of the Tamil Cinema
Dravidian Utopia and Dystopia: Canonical and Contemporary Tamil Cinema