Indian Cinema: Popular Hindi Film (P5057)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to popular Hindi cinema, the dominant Indian film industry. Students explore the distinctive formal conventions of the Hindi film, and trace its relationship with Indian society from the post-independence era to the contemporary period of globalization. You will consider specific periods (the 1950s, the 1970s and the 1990s) in order to investigate Hindi cinema’s response to social and political change in India. Specific topics of inquiry may include:

  • realism and politics
  • gender and sexuality
  • diaspora and community
  • stardom and performance
  • rebellion and morality
  • music and emotion

In addition, you will deepen their skills in independent research and contextual and textual analysis.


67%: Lecture (Film)
33%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.