Constructs of Asia in Indian film and film song
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AbstractRelying on a quixotic blend of catchy tunes, frenetic dances, colourful costumes, and comically elaborate plot narratives, Indian films attract large audiences from across South Asia and around the world. Important in the appeal of this cinematic "masala" has been an idealized depiction of India and an overall disparaging representation of the West. Recently, filmmakers, in their pursuit of creating ever more dazzling spectacles, have also become increasingly interested in portraying other world cultures, with non-Indian Asian societies being especially favoured. Using film music asa focal point, this article explores the emergent constructs and depictions of Asia vis-á-vis India and the West. It focuses specifically on representations of Islamic West Asia, especially Turkey, and industrialized East and Southeast Asian urban centres like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Analyses of songs in such films as Mission Istaanbul, Bombay to Bangkok, and Chandni Chowk to China reveal not only how India sees itself with respect to the rest of the continent, but also the extent to which the way it sees itself is and is not premised on Western Orientalist paradigms. © City University of Hong Kong.
All Author(s) ListVicente V.A.
Journal nameJournal of Comparative Asian Development
Year2010
Month12
Day1
Volume Number9
Issue Number2
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages293 - 319
ISSN1533-9114
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAsia, Film music, Film song, India, Representation

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