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Dark Fear, Eerie Cities: New Hindi Cinema in Neoliberal India

Šarūnas Paunksnis


What haunts the city? Why is there so much pessimism in our urban lives? How does this physical and psychological insecurity of relentless competition and a desire to succeed against all odds proliferate into cinema? Dark Fear, Eerie Cities analyses a wide array of films made in the early 21st century to offer a philosophical and psychoanalytical critique of the transforming cinematic imagery. It traces the trajectory of Hindi cinema from the pre-1990s feudal family ideal to the contemporary construction of the new middle class’s subjectivities against a postcolonial backdrop. Keeping in mind ... More

Keywords: India, cinema, Bollywood, neoliberalism, city, film noir, middle class, urban culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199493180
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199493180.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Šarūnas Paunksnis, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania