By Zakir Hossain Raju

Throughout the 20 th and early twenty-first centuries, cinema has been followed as a favored cultural establishment in Bangladesh. even as, this has been the interval for the articulation of contemporary nationhood and cultural id of Bengali Muslims in Bangladesh. This publication analyses the connection among cinema and modernity in Bangladesh, supplying a story of the asymmetric technique that produced the assumption of "Bangladesh cinema."

This ebook investigates the jobs of a non-Western "national" movie in Asia in developing nationhood and identification inside of colonial and postcolonial predicaments. Drawing at the inspiration of cinema as public sphere and the postcolonial proposal of formation of the "Bangladesh" country, interactions among cinema and middle-class Bengali Muslims in numerous social and political matrices are analyzed. the writer explores how the clash between various social teams became Bangladesh cinema right into a website of contesting identities. particularly, he illustrates the connections among movie creation and reception in Bangladesh and quite a few nationalist structures of Bengali Muslim id. wondering and debunking the standard notions of "Bangladesh" and "cinema," this ebook positions the cinema of Bangladesh inside of a transnational body. beginning with the right way to find the "beginning" of the second one Bengali language cinema in colonial Bengal, the writer completes the research via picking out an international Bangladeshi cinema within the early twenty-first century.

The first significant educational research in this huge and colourful nationwide cinema, this publication demonstrates that Bangladesh cinema labored as diversified "public spheres" for various "publics" through the 20th century and past. Filling a distinct segment in worldwide movie and Media reviews and South Asian experiences, it is going to be of curiosity to students and scholars of those disciplines.

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