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House Full: Indian Cinema and the Active Audience

Lakshmi Srinivas


Popular Indian cinema provides entertainment for people from all walks of life but equally importantly, cinema provides collective experience and a common referent in a country of mind-boggling diversities. Drawing on in-depth, multi-year ethnography in the South Indian city of Bangalore and involving participant observation on film sets, watching films in stratified cinema halls, accompanying habituated audiences to the cinema and conversations with moviegoers, exhibitors, distributors, ushers, fans and filmmakers, House Full makes a case for a total perspective on cinema film. It argues that ... More

Keywords: motion pictures, collective experience, participant observation, cinemagoing, ethnography, habituated audiences, social practices, diversities, watching films, Bangalore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226361420
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226361734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lakshmi Srinivas, author
University of Massachusetts, Boston