South Asia Seminar: “The Highway, Automobility and New Promises in 1960s Bombay Cinema”
Ranjani Mazumdar, Professor, Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
A fascination for color in the 1960s led to Bombay cinema’s mobilisation of the hinterland as the site for a new future. With the development of Indian highways and an increase in automobility, a new map of India now occupied the cinematic imagination. This talk will explore the links between the infrastructure of automobile culture, the highway, industrial development outside the city, and 1960s Bombay Cinema.