Journal of Indian Cinema

Vol. 1. Iss. 5 | May 2019

Film Critics Circle of India

French Spectators of Indian Films — Bias and Curiosity

Vanessa Lien Bianci | May 21

The prevailing misconception in France  remains that mainstream Bollywood /Kollywood constitutes Indian cinema…

… To understand the primary cause of this belief, it is necessary to examine the psychology of a nation. At the beginning of the twenty first century, knowledge of Indian cinema in France was almost zilch, but the term “Bollywood” was widely used as a synonym for films from India that were of an inferior quality–a kind of ‘illiterate and childish cinema’. Though a totally unfortunate and unfair tag, it says a lot about the subconscious refusal of the elitist French to legitimize a film industry that neither belonged to a Western storytelling tradition nor swore allegiance to Western culture supremacy, in particular, in the field of cinema. This denial by the French cultural intellectuals was in line with their tendency to consider their own culture as the torchbearer.

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In Defense of the Dramatic

Saurabh Turakhia | May 21

Stories narrated in a dramatic manner attract and engage the masses, especially those from the lower strata whose daily lives are filled with struggle. ‘Masala,’ ‘escapist fare’ offers them nostalgia, inspiration, strength and hope. For, the cinema crafted for them is kinder than their unchanging reality. This causal relationship between income class and preference for movies is rooted in the fundamental human needs.

Thus, in the super-hit Manmohan Desai films of the late 70s and early 80s—Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag, Mard, Coolie—Amitabh Bachchan as the ‘angry young man’ /all-powerful protagonist fought against the odds and always emerged the victor. In the era prior to that, the hero’s primary on-screen duty was to practice virtue and stay kind in spite of all the atrocities that he faced. Raj Kapoor therefore won the hearts of his adversaries in Jis Desh Me Ganga Behti Hai with his simplicity and forgiveness.

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Papers Book review Film reviews
Aladdin | Guy Ritchie     Johnson Thomas
Aman | Mohan Kumar     Jai Arjun Singh
Avengers: Endgame | Anthony & Joe Russo     MK Raghavendra
Blank | Behzad Khambata     Deepa Gahlot
Blank | Behzad Khambata     Rahul Desai
Blank | Behzad Khambata     Saibal Chatterjee
Blank | Behzad Khambata     Sukanya Verma
Chhota Bheem Kung Fu Dhamaka | Rajiv Chilaka     Deepa Gahlot
City of Dreams | Nagesh Kukunoor     Rahul Desai
De De Pyaar De | Akiv Ali     Deepa Gahlot
De De Pyaar De | Akiv Ali     Rahul Desai
De De Pyaar De | Akiv Ali     Sukanya Verma
De De Pyaar De | Akiv Ali     Tanul Thakur
Devarattam | Muthiah     Baradwaj Rangan
India's Most Wanted |Raj Kumar Gupta     Deepa Gahlot
India's Most Wanted |Raj Kumar Gupta     Rahul Desai
India's Most Wanted |Raj Kumar Gupta     Sukanya Verma
K-13 | Bharath Neelakandan     Baradwaj Rangan
Monster | Nelson Venkatesan     Baradwaj Rangan
Music Teacher | Sarthak Dasgupta     Rahul Desai
Nakkash | Zaigham Imam     Saibal Chatterjee
NGK | Selvaraghavan     Baradwaj Rangan
Sara Akash | Basu Chatterjee     Jai Arjun Singh
Setters | Ashwini Chaudhary     Saibal Chatterjee
Setters | Ashwini Chaudhary     Sukanya Verma
Shagird | Samir Ganguly     Deepa Gahlot
Shuruaat Ka Twist (anthology by 6 directors)     Rahul Desai
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Baradwaj Rangan
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Deepa Gahlot
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Saumil Gandhi
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Rahul Desai
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Saibal Chatterjee
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Sukanya Verma
Student of the Year 2 | Punit Malhotra     Tanul Thakur
Super Deluxe | Thiagarajan Kumararaja     Jai Arjun Singh
Uyare | Manu Ashokan     CS Venkiteswaran
Yours Truly | Sanjoy Nag     Rahul Desai
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