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)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 66 hours of contact time and about 84 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: