Mission Kahmir: The relationship between Indian popular cinema and the mobilization of national desire

Mission Kashmir can manifest preoccupation with the traumatic impact of the Kashmir conflict on the national imaginary with its latent, discomfiting realization that wars are fought and won with the camera rather than the gun. Mission Kashmir can also be viewed as a self-conscious moment within a long history of the articulation of Indian desire for the Kashmir Valley through the cinematic apparatus we call “Bollywood.” Continue reading Mission Kahmir: The relationship between Indian popular cinema and the mobilization of national desire

Roja: How Bollywood portrays the Valley through a rose-tainted lens

Cinema’s renewed interest in Kashmir was catalyzed by a product of a regional film industry, whose competition with Bollywood parallels political contestations between Northern and Southern India. Mani Ratnam’s successful penetration of the national market with Roja—a first for a Tamil film—points not only to his timely capture of an older territory of desire hitherto dominated by Bollywood. Continue reading Roja: How Bollywood portrays the Valley through a rose-tainted lens