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Handbook of Religion and the Asian CityAspiration and Urbanization in the Twenty-First Century$
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Peter van der Veer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281226

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281226.001.0001

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The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood

The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood

(p.403) 22 The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood
Handbook of Religion and the Asian City

Arjun Appadurai

University of California Press

This chapter examines the soteriology of Bollywood cinema and how it is related to ideas about salvation and spheres as housing, love, and justice. It argues that such ideas are part of Mumbai's battlefield of dreams. In this context, religion has not pnly been a way for human beings to escape the real, but has also always been a way to measure the shortcomings of the everyday, the mortal, the earthly, and the visible. This need may or may not be addressed for Indian moviegoers by their organized religious practices, which one or another sort of contemporary politics have largely captured. This chapter's main thesis is that Hindi-language films remain for many viewers the primary signature of the possibility of salvation.

Keywords:   soteriology, Bollywood, cinema, salvation, housing, love, dreams, religion, religious practices, Mumbai

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