Best Reference Books – Indian Cinema

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Indian Cinema subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Indian Cinema along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Indian Cinema subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Indian Cinema" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Deep Focus: Reflection On Indian Cinema” by Ray Satyajit

“Deep Focus: Reflection On Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. The author writes about the art and craft of cinema and includes an ode to silent cinema. He also discusses the problems in adapting literary works to film. He also elaborates on his experience at film festivals, both as a jury member and as a contestant. The author pays tribute to contemporaries like Godard and Uttam Kumar. This book also contains photographs by and of the master.

2. “History of Indian Cinema” by Renu Saran

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“History of Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. This book elaborates on 98 years of indian cinema starting from 1913 ro months before the date of publication. This book provides elaborate information about Hindi cinema as well as regional cinemas, listing the successful and path breaking movies of each age, major actors and directors and awards and achievements, arranged according to region and industry. The author also writes about the functioning of the industry throughout the years. It mentions details about the training facilities available to actors, the process and criteria for film certification and the kind of equipment used at the time of filming.

3. “100 Years of Jump-Cuts and Fade-Outs: Tracking Change in Indian Cinema” by Shoma A Chatterji

“100 Years of Jump-Cuts and Fade-Outs: Tracking Change in Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. This book provides information about the way Indian films have evolved over the last century. It begins with an examination of the silent films era. The author also talks about topics like the adaptation of literary works, representation of sexual minorities in films, horny issue of censorship versus creative license and many more in this book. The author also tracks the evolution of the item song.

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4. “Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)” by Ashish Rajadhyaksha

“Indian Cinema: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. The author provides detailed information about the political, social, and economic factors which, over time, have shaped Indian Cinema. This author covers everything from silent cinema through to the digital era. This book contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. The author combines facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm in this book.

5. “Fingerprinting Popular Culture: The Mythic and the Iconic in Indian Cinema” by Vinay Lal and Ashis Nandy
6. “Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema” by Jasbir Jain

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“Films and Feminism: Essays in Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. Topics like shifts in film techniques and film audiences, the blurring of the line between alternative and commercial cinema, and women’s image of themselves are included in this book. This book largely focuses on Hindi cinema along with a reflection of Bengali and Kannada cinema. This book talks about the feminine representation in the industry.

7. “Kanan Devi: The First Superstar of Indian Cinema” by Mekhala Sengupta

“Kanan Devi: The First Superstar of Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. This book is a dedication to Kanan Devi. It provides detailed information about her life. All her cinematic achievements and the struggles she faced before entering this industry has been mentioned by the author. This book is also an ode to a lost era of Indian cinema.

8. “Voices of the Talking Stars: Women of Indian Cinema and Beyond” by Madhuja Mukherjee

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“Voices of the Talking Stars: Women of Indian Cinema and Beyond” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. This book examines the complex relationships between cinema, industry, cultures, labour and gender during the studio era 1930-1955. This book talks about the frameworks of film history, culture and politics, weaving in debates on romance, sexuality, body and masculinity. This book also contains rare photographs and writings by leading women actors like Meena Kumari Naz and Mae West.

9. “Narratives of Indian Cinema” by Manju Jain

“Narratives of Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. This book focuses on issues related to the shifting responses of the colonial state, the Indian nationalists and intellectuals and the popular press to the emerging medium of cinema and its creative potential. Some threats and challenges related to the challenges faced by this medium are also examined. Other topics like the transitions and the continuities, the filiations and the ruptures from the colonial to the postcolonial as represented in cinema are also included in this book.

10. “History through the lens – Perspectives on South Indian Cinema” by S Theodore Baskaran

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“History through the lens – Perspectives on South Indian Cinema” Book Review: This book is written for people interested in learning about Indian Cinema. It is also useful to historians and students of Indian film. This book covers topics like early cinema in the south, trade unionism in the South Indian film industry, and the need for historicizing southern cinema in detail. The author also provides information about the struggle tamil cinema faces to get free from the legacy of company drama and the persistence of stage features.

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