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Bipolar IdentityRegion, Nation and the Kannada Language Film$
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M.K. Raghavendra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071587.001.0001

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The Curse of Bangalore

The Curse of Bangalore


(p.130) 5. The Curse of Bangalore
Bipolar Identity

M.K. Raghavendra

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Kannada cinema in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It begins by reviewing the author’s findings with regard to the shape taken by Kannada narrative from the 1930s onwards, up till the new millennium. It then discusses how Bangalore played a greater role in the Kannada film after 2000, including how the motif of the migrant in Bangalore became stronger in the new millennium. It analyses two remakes in Kannada of films made in another language: Sanjeevi’s Swetha Naga, about a researcher in zoology who is skeptical about the mythology around the cobra who ventures into a forest; and P. Vasu’s Apthamitra, a ghost story about a road construction engineer who acquires a palace rumoured to be haunted.

Keywords:   Bangalore, Kannada films, Kannada cinema, Indian cinema, migrants, remakes, Swetha Naga, Apthamitra

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