Bombay (BFI Film Classics)

By Lalitha Gopalan

In January 1993 sectarian rioting left thousand Hindus and Muslims useless in Bombay. merely years later Mani Ratnam's audacious Tamil filmBombay (1995) used those occasions as a backdrop to a love tale among a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl. Bombay was condemned via Muslim critics for misrepresentation and used to be embroiled in censorship controversies. those served purely to intensify curiosity and the movie ran to packed homes in India and abroad.

Lalitha Gopolan exhibits how Bombay struggles to discover a story which could reconcile communal adjustments. She appears to be like intimately on the manner professional censors attempted to alter the movie less than the impression of robust figures in either the Muslim and the Hindu groups. In happening to research the aesthetics ofBombay, she exhibits how issues of social and gender distinction are rendered via functionality, choreography, music and cinematography. this can be a interesting account of a landmark in fresh Indian cinema. 

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