The 1970s was a pivotal decade in the Indian social, cultural, political and economic landscape: the global oil crisis, wars with China and Pakistan in the previous decade, the Bangladesh war of 1971, labour and food shortages, widespread political corruption, and the declaration of the state of Emergency. Amidst this backdrop Indian cinema in both its popular and art/parallel film forms flourished.

This exciting new collection brings together original research from across the arts and humanities disciplines that examine the legacies of the 1970s in India’s cinemas, offering an invaluable insight into this important period. The authors argue that the historical processes underway in the 1970s are important even today, and can be deciphered in the aural and visual medium of Indian cinema. The book explores two central themes: first, the popular cinema’s role in helping to construct the decade’s public culture; and second, the powerful and under-studied archive of the decade as present in India’s popular cinemas.

This book is based on a special issue of South Asian Popular Culture.

chapter 1|7 pages

The 1970s and its legacies in India’s cinemas

ByPriya Joshi, Rajinder Dudrah

chapter 2|15 pages

Cinema as family romance

ByPriya Joshi

chapter 6|14 pages

Ritual reverb: Two ‘blockbuster’ Hindi films

ByPhilip Lutgendorf

chapter 7|13 pages

The 1970s Tamil cinema and the post-classical turn

BySwarnavel Eswaran Pillai

chapter 8|12 pages

Aesthetic dislocations: A re-take on Malayalam cinema of the 1970s

ByRatheesh Radhakrishnan

chapter 9|19 pages

The retro noughties: 1970s Hindi films in 2000s Bollywood cinema

ByRajinder Dudrah

chapter 10|16 pages

The afterlives of 1970s Hindi cinema

BySangita Gopal