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Deities and Devotees – Cinema, Religion, and Politics in South India - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Deities and Devotees: Cinema, Religion, and Politics in South India

Uma Maheswari Bhrugubanda


If cinema has the power to possess people, persuade, or mesmerize them, how do we understand that compelling power? Is the display of devotion in the cinema hall the same as devotion in a temple? How have cinema and popular religion shaped each other? Through engaging with these questions, this book presents a genealogical study of the intersections between cinema, religion, and politics in South India. The first full-length study of the Telugu mythological and devotional films, this book combines a history of these genres with an anthropology of film-making and viewership practices. In the de ... More

Keywords: Indian cinema, South Indian cinema, Telugu cinema, mythological films, devotional films, religion and cinema, film viewership, affect, embodiment, habitus

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199487356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199487356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uma Maheswari Bhrugubanda, author
Assistant Professor, EFL University, Hyderabad

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