By Ashish Rajadhyaksha
First released in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.
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Journalist, novelist and short-story writer with prodigious output. Worked on National Call, a New Delhi paper (1933); started Aligarh Opinion when studying law (1934); obtained law degree in 1935; political correspondent and later film critic for nationalist Bombay Chronicle, Bombay (193547) praising Dieterle, Capra and esp. Shantaram. Wrote Indian journalism’s longestrunning weekly political column, Last Page (1941-86), in Chronicle and Blitz. Best-known fiction (Zafran Ke Phool situated in Kashmir, Inquilab on communal violence) places him in younger generation of Urdu and Hindi writers with Ali Sardar Jafri and Ismat Chughtai, whose work followed the PWA and drew sustenance from Nehruite socialism’s preIndependence, anti-Fascist and anti-communal commitments.
At its best, this attempt to represent ‘modernity’ redefined the love story (Yaadon Ki Baraat) by violating several moral codes advocated by earlier melodramas to control female sexuality. The image was adopted and negatively inflected, notably by Parveen Babi (the gangster’s moll in Deewar, 1975), in the context of Amitabh Bachchan’s vigilante themes. Raj Kapoor later used the image to stigmatise the obscenity of contemporary consumerist versions of religious symbolism in Satyam Shivam Sundaram.
1937) Chatterjee, Soumitra (b. 1934) Chattopadhyay, Kartick (1912-89) Cherian, P. J. (1891-1981) Chinnappa, Pudukottai Ulaganathan (1915-51) Children’s Film Society Chiranjeevi (b. 1955) Chitnis, Leela (b. 1912) Chopra, Baldev Raj (b. 1914) Chopra, Yash (b. 1932) Choudhury, Ahindra (1897-1974) Choudhury, Basanta (b. 1928) Choudhury, Kosaraju Raghavaiah [see Kosaraju Raghavaiah Choudhury] Choudhury, Rama Shankar (1903-72) Choudhury, Salil (1925-95) Choudhury, Santi P. (1929-82) Choudhury, Supriya Chughtai, Ismat (1915-91) Chunder, Hemchandra (b.
Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema by Ashish Rajadhyaksha