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The historical, political and cultural changes in India, as seen through the eyes of the film industry
Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood charts the historical, political and cultural changes in India, as seen through the eyes of the Indian film industry.
India's call for independence intensified when she was brought into World War II by the British.
During the 1940s and 50s many films were big budget spectaculars showing historical or princely India.
In 1947 India gained independence from British rule and the country was caught between the need to modernise, but to avoid cultural decline.
From the 1960s films began to look beyond national boundaries; a more international outlook also focused attention on youth culture.
The great political, economic and social upheaval of the 1970s led to Indian cinema creating a new genre which reflected the anger and agression of the period.
The formula (or 'masala') film refers to the key ingredients that go into the making of a film: music, star actors and archetypal characters.
Influenced by the new global culture of MTV, Hollywood and the internet, the Indian film industry went through major changes in the 1990s.
Romance plays a major role in nearly all Bollywood films.
Women have historically been shown as either 'traditional' or 'modern' in character, but visual representation of women has changed dramatically.
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