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Popular Cinema and Politics in South India: The Films of MGR and Rajinikanth

S. Rajanayagam (Author)

This book explores how public and cinematic personas merge in the political landscape of Tamil Nadu in India. Using the films of MGR and Rajinikanth, it reveals the intricate warp and the weft of political and cultural life of the Tamils, while examining Dravida identity, caste and language.

Contents: Introduction: Popular as political. Part 1: Politics of narrative. 1. Assemblage structure. 2. Image-building devices. Part 2: Politics of body. 3. Imaging male body. 4. On being a man’s woman. 5. Psycho-cultural mapping of body. 6. Double bodied migrantcy. 7. Wealth of poverty. 8. Dispensation of justice. Part 3: Politics of imaging politics. 9. Image and imagining. 10. Politically-loaded Octa-motifs. 11. Imaging by tactexting. 12. MGR: Politics as co-text. 13. RK: Politics as context. 14. Cinelating politicking. 15. Politics beyond politics: trans-image voting. Select bibliography.

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Title Popular Cinema and Politics in South India: The Films of MGR and Rajinikanth
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Routledge India
Language: English
isbn 9781138822030
length 334p.,