By Sangita Gopal
Bollywood video clips were lengthy identified for his or her colourful song-and-dance numbers and knack for combining drama, comedy, action-adventure, and track. but if India entered the worldwide industry within the early Nineteen Nineties, its movie reworked greatly. creation and distribution of flicks turned regulated, advertising created a principally middle-class viewers, and flicks started to healthy into genres like technology fiction and horror. during this daring research of what she names New Bollywood, Sangita Gopal contends that the main to figuring out those adjustments is to research motion pictures’ evolving therapy of romantic relationships.
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So omnipresent is romance that one reader wearily asks, “How is it that in every social picture love is introduced? ”20 Other fans are emboldened by the movies to carve out their own romantic destinies. Thus letters inquiring into the love lives of the stars are interspersed with those asking for advice on matters of the heart: should they marry the person they love or fall in love with the person they marry? How should they persuade their parents to accept the one they love? Is love an essential feature of marriage?
This sampling of fan and critical discourse demonstrates that while this replacement of kiss by song was viewed as detrimental to narrative rationality, it was nonetheless a nationalist (and elite) resolution to the 30 When the Music’s Over couple question. As the romantic duet takes the place of the kiss, coupleformation abandons the realistic register to dwell in the expressive realm of song and dance. But this substitution is a site of ideological struggle. The cinematic couple is a placeholder for the modern, but, as such exchanges around the kiss show, this is a modernity structured by nationalist difference.
As Rami sings, as yet unaware of Chandidas, he looks on with rapt attention. As he joins in, the rapture is hers. A series of point-of-view shots convey the effect of the song and thus heighten desire. Second, the actors look at each other, but they are also frontally placed in relation to the camera, so that we can directly apprehend them as conjugal unit. That a romantic duet should announce the sovereignty of love is quite unsurprising, 33 chapter one but the longing for a domesticity built on romantic love is indeed quite striking, especially if we put these lyrics in the generic context of the film—a saint’s life.
Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema by Sangita Gopal