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Bollywood Film - the Face of India?

September 22, 2010
Mir Ali Husain
How (Not) to Understand India through Bollywood Cinema, a presentation by Mir Ali Husain will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 in Room 314 of the Classroom Building.

"How (Not) to Understand India through Bollywood Cinema," a presentation by Mir Ali Husain, will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 in Room 314 of the Classroom Building.

What are the most controversial aspects of Bollywood movies? How have the plots and characters in Bollywood movies dramatically changed after India opened its markets and changed its film distribution system? How do these films mirror and reinforce significant geopolitical shifts? The talk will answer these questions and more.

Ali Husain, a management studies professor at the New York Institute of Technology and film lyricist who divides his time between New York City and Hyderabad, has written the lyrics for four films: Dor, Bombay to Bangkok, Ye Hausla and Aashayein. He has been nominated for several Zee Cine Awards.

Sponsors for this event include Wyoming Humanities Council, UW Gender and Women's Studies Program, UW Department of History, UW International Studies Program and UW International Programs.

For more information, contact Bonnie Zare, Gender and Women's Studies Program associate professor, at (307) 766-2168 or e-mail

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