Book publication announcement

Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution

This is the first edited volume on new independent Indian cinema. It aims to be a comprehensive compendium of diverse theoretical, philosophical, epistemological and practice-based perspectives, featuring contributions from multidisciplinary scholars and practitioners across the world. This edited collection features analyses of cutting-edge new independent films and is conceived to serve as a beacon to guide future explorations into the burgeoning field of new Indian Cinema studies.

Publication Data:

Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution

ISBN: 9780815368601| Hardback | 290 Pages| £115.00| October 30, 2018

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About the Editor:

Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram is Lecturer in World Cinema at Queen Mary, University of London, and author of India’s New Independent Cinema: Rise of the Hybrid (Routledge, 2016). Ashvin was on the advisory panel for BFI India on Film – part of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017. He is Programming Adviser and Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival – London (UKAFF), former Creative Director and founder of the Edinburgh Asian Film Festival (EAFF) and a BBC Academy Expert Voice in Cultural Studies and Visual Arts. Apart from several publications, Ashvin has delivered an array of international presentations and lectures. These include keynote speeches at the Cinema For All (British Federation of Film Societies) Community Cinema Conference 2017 and the Annual Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial Lecture 2015 in London. Ashvin directed the documentary film Movies, Memories, Magic (2018) charting the London-based South Asian diaspora’s memories of cinema.


House of Lords – Book Launch of Indian Cinema Beyond Bollywood: The New Independent Cinema Revolution


Date And Time

Wed, 3 April 2019

15:00 – 17:00 BST


House of Lords – Committee Room G

Parliament Square



United Kingdom


“What is most appealing about this book is that it brings Independent Indian Cinema from the periphery to the centre of academic debates as it challenges patriarchal constructs, addresses and portrays hitherto hidden topics and gives a voice to the subaltern.” – Bashabi Fraser, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

“A pioneering, original and sophisticated volume that carves out new terrain in Indian film studies. It rescues independent cinema in South Asia–the ‘indies’–from the condescension of academic scholarship, and shows how the phenomenon of Bollywood cannot be understood without engaging with its ‘other’. A wide-ranging book that looks at the ‘indie’ revolution and the daring with which it engages sexuality, caste, and contemporary political violence in South Asia.” —Dilip Menon, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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