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AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY: BOLLYWOOD, BROTHERHOOD AND THE NATION. William Elison et al. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2015. 330 pp. with 27 ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780674504486 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: A Bollywood blockbuster when it was released in 1977, Amar Akbar Anthony has become a classic of Hindi cinema and a touchstone of Indian popular culture. Delighting audiences with its songs and madcap adventures, the film follows the heroics of three Bombay brothers separated in childhood from their parents and one another. Beyond the freewheeling comedy and camp, however, is a potent vision of social harmony, as the three protagonists, each raised in a different religion, discover they are true brothers in the end. William Elison, Christian Lee Novetzke, and Andy Rotman offer a sympathetic and layered interpretation of the film's deeper symbolism, seeing it as a lens for understanding modern India's experience with secular democracy. Amar Akbar Anthony's celebration of an India built on pluralism and religious tolerance continues to resonate with audiences today. But it also invites a critique of modernity's mixed blessings. As the authors show, the film's sunny exterior only partially conceals darker elements: the shadow of Partition, the crisis of Emergency Rule, and the vexed implications of the metaphor of the family for the nation..
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 167678
Hardcover $45.00 nota bene: See Comment Above.

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