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Mother India

Gayatri Chatterjee (Author)
Synopsis Until recently, before satellite television changed viewing habits, Mehboob Khan’s Mother India (1957), could boast the remarkable distinction of having been constantly in distribution since its first release. Rooted both in Hindu mythology and in the collective experience of a newly independent nation-state on the brink of industrialisation and social change, the film, starring screen legends like Nargis, Sunil Dutt and Rajendra Kumar, is a family melodrama that moves inexorably towards tragedy and renewal. In this entertaining and insightful examination of the classic, Gayatri Chatterjee, winner of the President’s Gold Medal for the Best Book on Cinema, outlines the film’s eventful production history, the ambitious vision of its director, and the brilliance of its stars. She also analyses its epic-style narrative, the mythological underpinnings, the many references to the history of a country in transition, and its relation to post-independence culture and politics, to show why Mother India is a cornerstone of Indian cinema.
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About the author

Gayatri Chatterjee

Gayatri Chatterjee is an independent scholar working in Film and Cultural Studies. Based in Pune, she teaches in India and has lectured widely in USA and Europe. She is the author of a study of Awara (1992), which was awarded the Swarna Kamal, the President’s Gold Medal for the Best Book on Cinema.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mother India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0143029045
length 87p., Plates.