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Filming Horror
Hindi Cinema, Ghosts and Ideologies

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  • Meraj Ahmed Mubarki - Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

May 2016 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

First book to study the horror genre of Hindi cinema in all its forms and expressions

Filming Horror: Hindi Cinema, Ghosts and Ideologies bridges the gap that currently exists in the field of genre studies in Hindi cinema. Analyzing more than 80 horror films from Mahal (1949) to Ragini MMS 2 (2014), the book uncovers narrative strategies, frames unique approaches of investigation, and reviews the revolutions taking place within this genre.

The book argues that Hindi horror cinema, which lies at the intersection of myths, ideology and dominant socio-religious thoughts, reveals three major strands of narrative constructs, each corresponding to the way the nation has been imagined at different times in post-colonial India. Moving beyond establishing the theoretical framework of horror cinema, the book intends to demonstrate how this genre, along with its subsets, provides us with the means to contemplate the nation and its representation.

 


 
Preface
 
Acknowldgements
 
INDIAN CINEMA AND IDEOLOGY
 
Hindi Cinema and Ideology
 
Cinema in the Colonial Context
 
GENRE, CODES AND THE HORROR CINEMA
 
Genre and Its Functionality
 
Horror Genre and Spectatorship
 
Freud and the Uncanny
 
Robin Wood’s Return of the Repressed
 
Julia Kristeva and the Abject
 
Generic Codes of the Hindi Horror
 
Conjunctions and Departures with Hollywood
 
Generic Features of the Hindi Horror
 
Horror Cinema as Project of/for the ‘Nation’
 
Nature of the Hindi Horror Genre
 
SECULAR CONSCIOUS NARRATIVE
 
Secularism in the Indian Context
 
Mahal: The Inaugural Moment of the Secular Consciousness
 
Madhumati
 
Kohraa
 
Bhool Bhulaiyaa
 
RETURN OF TRADITIONAL–CULTURAL NARRATIVE
 
Jadu Tona
 
Gehrayee
 
Phoonk
 
The Horror in Science Fiction: Between Morals and Mad Scientists
 
Historicity of the Monstrous Narrative
 
India and the Discourse of Science
 
Monstrosities from Science or Monstrous Science?
 
The Horror of Transmutation
 
The Triumph of the Traditional/Mythic Order
 
 
The Monstrous ‘Other’ Feminine
 
Mangalsutra and the Monstrous Other Feminine
 
Veerana
 
Modernization of Patriarchy and Post-liberalization Female Monstrosity
 
Raaz
 
Eight: The Power of Shani
 
Darling
 
THE INFLECTION OF THE HINDUTVA ‘IDEO’LOGIC CINEMA
 
1920
 
Haunted
 
Conclusion
 
References
 
Index
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First book to study the horror genre of Hindi cinema in all its forms and expressions

Filming Horror: Hindi Cinema, Ghosts and Ideologies bridges the gap that currently exists in the field of genre studies in Hindi cinema. Analyzing more than 80 horror films from Mahal (1949) to Ragini MMS 2 (2014), the book uncovers narrative strategies, frames unique approaches of investigation, and reviews the revolutions taking place within this genre.

The book argues that Hindi horror cinema, which lies at the intersection of myths, ideology and dominant socio-religious thoughts, reveals three major strands of narrative constructs, each corresponding to the way the nation has been imagined at different times in post-colonial India. Moving beyond establishing the theoretical framework of horror cinema, the book intends to demonstrate how this genre, along with its subsets, provides us with the means to contemplate the nation and its representation.

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