Moving bus movies

Sarukkai, Sundar (2017) Moving bus movies. The Hindu, 18 February 2017.

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Abstract: When we talk of films, we often exclusively focus on the projected image and not on the spectators and the act of seeing. So it was a pleasure to come across a new book, House Full by Lakshmi Srinivas, an anthropologist teaching in the U.S., which focuses on the movie-going experience. This book exhibits the multiple avenues that go intothe production and creation of a film and engages deeply with the lived experience of ‘going to the movies’. Reading her book, I was reminded of repeated replays of bus journeys watching films. Recently, I travelled by a private bus from Bengaluru to Tiruchi. It was like many such journeys in an AC bus with tinted windows, pink satin curtains, unwashed seats and a surly attendant. It is impossible to travel in Tamil Nadu, or increasingly elsewhere, without being assailed, assaulted and submerged by movies or film songs. Travel is no longer a journey of introspection and exploration but of entering in the middle of one movie and exiting in the middle of a song.
Item Type: In the Media
Subjects: School of Humanities > Philosophy
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 10:37
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 10:37
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