Fall 2018

Bollywood:  A Cinema of Interruptions

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-288  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-288  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-321


Ajay Sinha (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 288, ASLC 288(SA) and FAMS 321) Overblown cinematic spectacles, meandering storylines, and distracting dance numbers commonly characterize Indian commercial cinema known as Bollywood. The course is organized to study Bollywood as what scholar Lalitha Gopalan has called a “constellation of interruptions” and proposes that these features contribute to a consistent narrative structure developed within a distinctive visual and cinematic tradition. We will analyze a selection of feature-length films closely, debate scholarly articles, write guided assignments, and pursue independent research papers. We will develop provocative historical and theoretical perspectives that locate Indian films in a critical relation to other traditions of world cinema. Two 80 minute classes and one 180 minute screening.

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Sinha.

If Overenrolled: Preference to ARHA, ASLC and FAMS majors


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018