chapter  4
The religious and the secular in the Hindi film
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This chapter examines how religion, religions, religious communities, religious beliefs and religious practices are depicted in the ‘non-religious’ genres, focusing on the dominant genre of the Hindi film, the social. The discussion includes collective practices and beliefs, which may or may not be explicitly labelled as religious. The chapter also raises questions of secularism and the way that these films show the presence and absence of religious elements to draw conclusions about religion as part of a wider range of cultural practices.