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What Do You Think Makes Indian Film Indian? Write An Essay On The Distinctive Narrative Traits In Indian Cinema Which Distinguishes It From European Or American Films You Have Seen

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In a nation that produces around 800 films a year Indian people see films a a very important part of their culture. For Indian people "cinema is integral to their lives; it is not a distant, two to three hour distraction, but an explicit life-style for them."(Jaya Ramanathan). The large screen provides an alternative, an escape from the realities of day-to-day life. The protagonists are totally identified with, the hero is applauded, the virtuous is worshipped and the villain is condemned. The actors and actresses are household names; there is no escaping their omnipresence. Through this essay I will try to examine what makes Indian cinema Indian. By that I mean what narrative and visual ...view middle of the document...

They pay money to have their ideals massaged and their values reaffirmed. And if Americans won't pay money for it, then Hollywood doesn't want to sell it. The narrative of Hollywood films' is a straight plot, in which nothing is left unclear, unsettling or unexplained and every shot is justified by a link to strictest cause and effect. Hollywood films are often viewed as dulling the mind. This is far from the case in Indian cinema where the plot is created with the aim of making people think about what has happened, this is often applied to their own lives in some way. In America people generally view films for mere entertainment where as Indian people watch films and use the moral codes implied within the narrative to better their own lives. Special effects, violence, and actors' names are often major themes that bring Americans to the movies. While most Hollywood films are made purely for entertainment value, many foreign films are entertaining as well as forcing the viewer think and question their surroundings at the same time.In India, movies are more than simply entertainment. They are dreams, escape, fantasy and alternative realities - a necessity in dealing with the drudge of everyday existence and routine. Especially now that they have the cinematography, acting, scripting and associated parts down like a science - to the point of stretching the limits of imagination and modifying what "is" into another realm altogether. While perhaps lacking in the area of Western sophistication, this lack is probably the biggest advantage Indian films have over the rest of the World. They are simply fun to watch. Indians enjoy seeing people interacting with each other and the films reflect societal practices and norms.The form of Indian cinema has a great deal to do with how popular entertainment has been traditionally perceived and defined in India. "Entertainment is quantified as a combination of the essence of the nine basic emotions. Complete entertainment is possible only when the nine emotions, love, hate, joy, sorrow, pity, disgust, fear, anger and compassion, are blended expertly in different ways around a predominant emotion. The main emotion could be love, joy, hate or compassion, but if not complemented by the others, is neither defined nor experienced." (V. Damodaran & M. Unnithan-Kumar)There are certain traits that are commonly associated with Bollywood movies. These include:"XExtensive use of other performing arts such as singing and dancing"X Treatment/representation of women"XThe importance of the Actor within society"XThemes centred on Moral values and cultural struggles"XLarge studio sets with elaborate decoration & elaborate and brightly coloured costumesBollywood is a term used to describe the Indian film industry, the largest in the world in terms of film production. In 1990 India produced 800+ films (more than two a day). Bollywood's cinema going audience, in India, Pakistan and elsewhere is also one of the biggest in the...

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