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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MFC3018 Module Title: BOLLYWOOD & ASIAN-BRITISH CINEMA
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: MFC3018
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: KING L Ms (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Spring Semester.
Assessment Pattern

Assessment Pattern (SITS MAP)

Unit(s) of Assessment (SITS MAB)

Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Presentations & Participation in weekly discussions and response to readings


Essay 1 x 1000 words


Essay 1 x 3000 words


Module Overview
This module focuses on the cultural contexts in which Bollywood and Asian British cinema is scripted, produced, and marketed. It also discusses key directors and how the have contributed to the creation of specific genres of cinema within the evolution and globalization of the industry.

Students should be willing to question their own readings of cinema vis-à-vis intercultural debate

Module Aims
  • To develop an awareness of particular film genres in relation to cultural discourses in India and in Asian diasporic contexts (in the UK)


  • To develop an understanding of film criticism and critics who write about this region’s cinema


  • To look at Bollywood being more diverse and controversial that the cliché of singing dancing musicals


To prepare students’ critical writing skills when discussing films that deal with socio-politically sensitive topics/ religious difference/ South Asian cultural background   
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:



  • Distinguish between different Bollywood and Asian-British films in terms of their style, content, narrative and production priorities.


  • Have a sense of the historical siting of these films and cultural industries.


  • Understand more about the cultural landscape that generates these films.


  • Develop their critical and theoretic vocabulary to embrace keys debates within Bollywood &  Asian-British cinema



They will practice the skills of:






  • Study in cinematography (region specific)


  • Focused reading assignments


  • Independent research and analysis


Module Content

Topics for this module are likely to include:



  • Revisions and re-makes of iconic  themes in Bollywood cinema/early history


  • Globalisation and the blockbuster


  • Alternative/ non-mainstream Bollywood


  • British Asian cinema’s emergence in the UK


  • Gay Bollywood


  • Diasporic (NRI) film directors and their framing of thehomeland”


Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures/seminars (10 x 2 hours)



Reading using lecturer’s guidance



Preparing presentations



Participating in discussion



Producing a researched essay
Selected Texts/Journals

Banaji, Shakuntala. Reading Bollywood: The young audience and Hindi films. Palgrave MacMillan. 2008.



Bhaskaram, Suparna. Made in : decolonizations, queer sexualities, trans/national projects.





Bose, Mihir. Bollywood: a history. Tempus. 2006.





Chakravarty, Sumita. National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema. University of Texas Press. 1994.





Desai, Jigna. Beyond Bollywood: the cultural politics of South Asian diasporic film. Routledge. 2004.





Dudrah, Rajinder and Desai, Jigna. The Bollywood Reader. Open University Press. 2008.





Dudrah, Rajinder. Global Bollywood: culture, diaspora and border crossings in popular Hindi cinema. Routledge. 2009.






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