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Center for South Asia Weekly Lecture Series

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location:  206 Ingraham Hall
"Melancholia and Melodrama: Approaching Indian Film History through Cinematic Lives of Devdas" Rini Bhattacharya Mehta (Assistant Professor, Comparative and World Literatures, University of Illinois). What explains Indian cinema’s obsession with the story of Devdas? What are the links that connect the ‘Devdas theme’ to melodrama? These are some of the questions I hope to answer, and offer a historical grounding of Indian cinema’s emotional excesses.

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