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Subaltern Studies, Bollywood and Lagaan

Using 'Lagaan' as a case in point, this paper argues that popular Bollywood films with their appeal to the mass audience of uprooted peasants, factory workers, the unemployed, uneducated and poor can decolonise the imagination of the Indian masses. It points out that Lagaan's efforts at indigenisation and interrogation of prescribed discourses of modernity and history deserve credit for making possible the creation of public debates within a culture where the majority of the population is non-literate, and is unable to partake in elite discussions of culture and modernity.

Evoking Nostalgia

Boria Mazumdar evocatively analyses the social relations in British India in his essay that takes off on the movie 'Lagaan' (EPW, August 31). 'Lagaan' is very simply all about a cricket match, a subject that has its passionate enthusiasts all over India. But an equally binding, though subtle,...

Politics of Leisure in Colonial India

It is possible to read in 'Lagaan' not only evidence of Indian resistance to British imperialism but in the filmic and imaginative mode, a commentary on the evolution and development of cricket in colonial India and an attempt to recover, in fiction, some of the lost history of the game.
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