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The Lahore film industry: a historical sketch
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2012 (English)In: Travels of Bollywood cinema: from Bombay to LA / [ed] Anjali Gera Roy, Chua Beng Huat, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012, p. 55-77Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents a sweeping historical overview of the flows between Lahore and Bombay before and after 1947. It shows how two major factors — Partition and the rise of Islam in Pakistan — led to the premature demise of a nascent film industry emerging around the Bhati Gate area in Lahore, despite the in-migration of Muslim talent from Bombay. It calls attention to the shared cultural memories that attest to the presence of Lahore in Bombay and Bombay in Lahore. It argues that in view of its pre-eminent position as the centre of Hindi /Urdu culture, Lahore would have emerged as a strong competitor to Bombay had Partition not occurred. However, it can still become a major production centre for Punjabi films that can cater to a transnational Punjabi population.

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New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2012. p. 55-77
Keywords [en]
Bombay and Lahore, Partition, Islam, Pakistan, film industry, Punjabi films
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Studies on Film
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Cinema Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-75368DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075981.003.0005ISBN: 9780198075981 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-75368DiVA, id: diva2:516119
Available from: 2012-04-17 Created: 2012-04-17 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved

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