Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s

Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s

Neepa Majumdar


Wanted Cultured girls Only! maps out the early tradition of cinema stardom in India from its emergence within the silent period to the last decade after Indian independence within the mid-twentieth century. Neepa Majumdar combines readings of particular movies and stars with an research of the old and cultural configurations that gave upward push to exceptionally Indian notions of star. She argues that discussions of early cinematic stardom in India needs to be positioned within the context of the final legitimizing discourse of colonial "improvement" that marked different civic and cultural spheres besides, and that "vernacular modernist" anxieties over the hot girl had constrained resonance the following. relatively, it used to be via emphatically nationalist discourses that Indian cinema stumbled on its version for contemporary girl identities.

Considering questions of spectatorship, gossip, acceptance, and the dominance of a star-based construction approach, Majumdar info the increase of movie stars equivalent to Sulochana, Fearless Nadia, Lata Mangeshkar, and Nargis

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