Unit One: History of cinema in India – the times and people, social and political environment in which Indian cinema took shape.
Unit Two: Indian cinema or Bollywood- Art films vs. popular films, the golden era of Indian cinema, realism in Indian cinema. The social, the mythic and the historical.
Unit Three: India on screen – National narratives, National identity in popular Indian cinema, the Indian men and women, urban and rural, gender and modernity. Film style – Song and dance, sets and costume.
Unit Four: Multi-ethnic society – religion in Indian films. Society – The idea of good and bad, the angry young man phenomenon.
Unit Five: Diaspora films – Indian films and global mass appeal, Indianised Disco and other dance and forms. Growth of major regional film industries (Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Bhojpuri, etc.)