A candid conversation with eminent film critic and author M.K. Raghavendra
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For 1.2 billion Indians, cinema is synonymous with Bollywood - the popular moniker for the Hindi cinema. If Cricket is our nation's lifeline then surely Bollywood forms its DNA. No Indian, whether living in India or abroad, is left untouched by the razzmatazz that's become Hindi cinema's signature in the whole world over the last decade or so: Songs, Music, Dance, Crappy Action, and Cheesy Dialogue. But, has Hindi cinema always been the same? As they say, change is the only constant! Now, every change needs a stimulus of some kind or the other. There is no denying that the Hindi cinema experienced a metamorphosis of sorts around the turn of the millennium. But, has anyone ever tried to study or analyze this transmutation? If your curiosity has already started to get the better of you then rest assured that the eminent film critic, author and researcher M.K. Raghavendra's latest book, "The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation," is just for you!
I myself got so excited when I first heard about the book's theme that I just couldn't resist the temptation of directly contacting the eminent author. And, I must confess that I consider myself really fortunate to have got such a positive response from Mr. Raghavendra. He was kind enough to share his valuable thoughts on his latest book as well as the Hindi cinema at large.