Friday, January 20, 2012

Islam and the Media
20 Jan 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com
Muslim Themes in Bollywood

By Ishtiaq Ahmed

November 03, 2011

There is no doubt that the Bombay cinema has on the whole played a very progressive role in upholding the vision of India as a multi-religious, pluralist society. The authors identify four genres of Islamicate cultures taken up in Bombay cinema: the Muslim historical, the Muslim courtesan film, the classic Muslim social and the new wave Muslim social and after. The authors theorise that Bombay cinema has explored these genres in the light of the secular-nationalist state project associated with the Congress-led freedom movement, which came to be known as the Nehruvian state project. -- Ishtiaq Ahmed

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