Nehru'S Hero: Dilip Kumar In The Life Of India

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Nehru'S Hero: Dilip Kumar In The Life Of India
Nehru's Hero Dilip Kumar in the Life of India is an unusual book on Indian Cinema (1944-1964) that revisits the Nehruvian era as reflected in the films of Dilip Kumar. It present an analysis of politics through the prism of cinema, rather than the other way round, as has often been done. Upon examining the films of Dilip Kumar - some of which Lord Meghnad Desai has seen more than 15 times - he discovers parallels between the socio-political arena in India and its reflection on screen, bringing fresh insight into the Nehruvian period of idealism and hope. He discusses issues as varied as censorship, the iconic 'values'of Indian machismo, identity and secularism. His logical and clear thesis of how the films portrayed a changing India brings home sharply images of that historic period and the contemporary world. Nehru's Hero creates a dramatic shift in how we view cinema, and provides a new perpective to films of the eternal screen legend - Dilip Kumar.
About the Author
Lord Meghnad Desai was born in 1940 in Baroda, where he spent the first ten years of his life. He moved to Mumbai in 1950. Here he completed his MA, spent a lot of time watching films and actively participated in theatre, as well as translating the plays of Ibsen and Tennessee Williams. In 1961, he left for the US, where he got his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1965, he began working and teaching at the London School of Economics (LSE). He was made emeritus professor of economics at the LSE in September 2003. He is a member of the House of Lords since 1991. Lord David Puttnam has memorable films, including Chariots of Fire and The Mission. He has distinguished himself in Hollywood, as well as in British cinema, and has written an account of twentieth-century Western cinema, Movies and Money. He was made a peer in 1997.
TitleNehru'S Hero: Dilip Kumar In The Life Of India
Author NameLord Meghnad Desai
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2004
Total No. of Pages138
Weight0.45 KGS
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