Our country is also known for Indian film Industry. There are thousands of people who earn their livelihood with Bollywood. It is the biggest entertainment industry in the world. There are many book written on Indian Cinema. This time I got an interesting book by Shoma Chatterjee, she is Author, Film Scholar and Academician. She has won two national awards 1991 best book on Cinema 2002 best film critic.
Apart from these Awards. There are several awards she has received at National and international level. She is one of the most. Senior film critic today in India. She has written 18 books till date. She has also been on various Film Festival jury.
As a film critic she brings our attention towards the different aspects and themes used in Indian cinema. As a film goer. Or a cinema student it is necessary to understand the background behind the cinema. One cannot appreciate a film in isolation.
This book helps us to understand the body of work by a director. Satyajit Ray has once said, “Cinema is a reflection of society”. This book is divided into chapters. And each chapter is an independent essay on film. These essays analyzed films on specific parameters and offers us to build our understanding.
It is interesting to see how Indian Cinema has traveled over last hundred years how it has created landmarks. Indian films initially started with drama and literature adaptation. The independent India began with urbanization. This offered a new genre as a Road films in Indian Cinema. Films like Awara and many other made on the same line. The sound brought the playback singing, music composition, dialogue dubbing industry. It paved the way for many music directors, composers, music conductors, singers and many more.
The introduction of color into cinema added the different dimension into cinematic look, each technological development took us much near to the subject. The Indian parallel cinema portrayed the plight of social issues, urban poverty, naxalism, terrorism issues and many subtle subjects which were interwoven into our cultural fabric.
This book also talk about films, which are inspired by our political, social events. Indian cinema portrayed socio-political psychological issues time to time. Industrial development, Industrial exploitation, emerge of mafia and various personalities shaped Indian Cinema over the years. Indian Cinema, since beginning predominantly revolves around human relations and their place in the society. Today when lifestyle has changed but basic DNA remains the same.
Shoma Chatterjee has put focus on various social issues like gender representation, film censorship, inclusion of item number in Indian cinema and much more. It is interesting to read how she cites the examples of literary adaptations in Bollywood.
As a film critic I will say this book offers a broad perspective of Indian Cinema.