This course intends to furnish a comprehensive account
of the origin and development of Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam Cinema. It introduces students to the respective regional cinema
industry, its techniques, challenges, and its role. It also explores the relationship between the
socio-political-cultural aspects of the region and the films. The course includes a detailed
study of various genres handled so far, thematic concerns, and the formal makeup of popular cinema. Readings will include conceptual and historical writings
on different aspects of regional cinema.
The paper aims to explain the basic technologies involved in the entire production process as well as the impact of the digital revolution on the production of films. It also aims to explain the basics of the Film business in Indian Cinema including Production, Distribution, and Exhibition processes.
This course is designed to introduce the concept of ‘research’ and its
importance in the field of film studies. The course begins by providing an overview of different
research approaches, and will introduce students to different type of research designs and discuss
different qualitative and quantitative methods so students could select a ‘reliable’ and ‘valid’
method of their dissertation project. The course will also expose students to the concept of
This course aims to introduce various academic responses, theoretical approaches, and important critical issues in the context of Indian films. These issues and approaches are primarily located in the mode of production, symbolic representation, and aesthetics of Indian films. Negotiations with forces of modernity and globalization are taken up as the central organizing axes for a variety of critical issues. The paper also traces the basic contours of the response of state and other social institutions to Indian films in terms of support and regulations.
This course aims to introduce the chronological evolution of the cinema of India to the students. This will be achieved by tracing landmark events in the past 100 years while also touching upon key figures, institutions, and themes that have defined Indian cinema over the years.