Directory of World Cinema: India
Edited by Dr. Adam Bingham


Directory of World Cinema: India
Edited by Dr. Adam Bingham

The directory of world cinema aims to bring a new dimension to the academic study of film. The directory is intended to play a part in the distribution of academic output, by building a forum for the study of film from a disciplined theoretical base.
I am editing the Indian volume of Intellect’s directory of world cinema series, and am currently in the process of assigning contributions. The directory will be published in both print and online formats, with the edited print volume to be published in 2013 and updated biannually thereafter. More information can be found online at:

The first volume on India will consider the multitude of regional cinemas across the Indian sub-continent. The volume will consist of both critical essays (1,500-2,000 words) and individual film reviews (800-1,000 words). It is to be structured as a series of critical essays on the main regions, genres, actors, filmmakers and salient industrial features of Indian cinema, covering in broad outline the standout tenets of this largest of film producing countries. Each main section will be prefaced in the main by genre and director essays, and further subdivided into constituent film reviews of the key works associated with that particular subject area.   

From the beginning:
Silent and pre-independence Indian Cinema
Essay: History and Myth in Early Indian Cinema
Director Profiles: Dhundiraj Govind (D. G.) Phalke
                               R. Nataraja Mudaliar
Film Reviews:
-       Raja Harishchandra – 1913 - Dir: D.G. Phalke*
-       Seeta Swayamvar - 1918 - Dir: Baburao Painter
-       Sati Leelavati – 1936 – Dir: Ellis Dungan
*Given that this film in not extent in its entirety, a full review is not necessary. A few words about its historical significance will suffice.
Essay: The Melodrama and Social Reform Genre
Director Profiles: K. Subrahmanyam
                               Dhiren Ganguly
Film Reviews:
-       Jailor – 1938 – Dir: Sohrab Modi
-       Thyagabhoomi – 1939 – Dir: K. Subrahmanyam
Actor Profile: Maradur Gopolamenon (M.G.) Ramachandran
Essay: Sound, Song and Dance: The Standardization of Music and Musicals in Pre-Independence Indian Cinema
Film Reviews:
-       Alam Ara – 1931 – Dir: Ardeshir Irani
Independence and Beyond
Essay: All India Films and the Epic Melodrama
Director Profiles: Raj Kapoor
                               Mehboob Khan
Film Reviews:
-       Chandralekha – 1948 – Dir: S.S. Vasan
Film Reviews:
-       Dharti ke lal – 1946 – Dir: K.A. Abbas
Essay: The Politics of Authorship – ‘Parallel Cinema’ and Formal and Thematic interventions in New Wave Indian Cinema
Director Profiles: Mrinal Sen
                               Shyam Benegal                             
Film Reviews:
-       Two Acres of Land – 1953 – Dir: Bimal Roy
-       Our Daily Bread – 1969 – Dir: Mani Kaul
-       Maya Daran – 1972 – Kumar Shahani
Essay: Bollywood/Commercial Hindi Cinema
-       Director/Producer Essay: Yash Chopra
-       Film Reviews: Mr. And Mrs. 55 – 1955 – Dir: Guru Dutt
       Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – 1995 – Dir: Aditya Chopa
-       Director Essays: Tapan Sinha/Satayajit Ray
-       Film Review         Sagina – 1963 – Dir: Tapan Sinha

If potential contributors wish to suggest any further subjects/films/filmmakers, etc for inclusion then they may do so.

Enquiries and expressions of interest to be emailed to the editor at:


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