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M.D. Muthukumaraswamy
The ocean as a source of wealth—known and unknown—is a message that is strongly ingrained in our cultural memory. We look at how the mythological ‘churning of the ocean’ is an invitation to reflect on the vastness of the ocean, its unlimited potential, its beauty and the possibility of its…
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Sarah Niazi
The 1930s was an exciting epoch in the history of Indian cinema. The arrival of sound had made things challenging, exhilarating and new. While older modes of film production and exhibition still held their sway, the advent of new technology put the nascent film industry in a tizzy. The Prabhat Film…
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Hrishikesh Arvikar
India was a site of contested claims by regions attempting to stake their claim in the making of a nation. However, between nationalism and nationalisation, there is a window to the cultural world, more specifically in the lives of Indian cinema, which tells the story of the making, negotiating,…
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Gaurav Pai
This essay seeks to study villainy in three films Prabhat Film Company released in the interwar period, so as to understand the broader political agendas of the studio and its prescriptions for a better society. I have hermeneutically chosen these three films—Amritmanthan (1934), Wahan (1938) and…
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