Description : For over four decades, Girish Kasaravalli has been fulfilling Satyajit Ray's prediction that "the future lies in Kannada cinema." Kasaravalli first emerged as a major force of the Indian New Wave in 1977 with Ghatashraddha (The Ritual), which won Best Feature Film, among other awards, in his home state of Karnataka, India; it was the only Indian film included in a list of 100 important world films compiled by the Cinémathèque Française. Like other filmmakers of his generation working outside the Bollywood mainstream, Kasaravalli has focused on injustices and inequality perpetrated by the caste system, Brahmin orthodoxy, and patriarchy, as well as by chronic corruption, a ruinous push for gentrification, and unprecedented, disruptive global forces in the "new India." Yet his films can never be reduced to "protest art." Rather, his extraordinarily diverse body of work is marked by a consistent attitude toward cinema's need to raise questions rather than provide answers. In films that range from experimentalism to lush historical drama to an inventive cinéma vérité, Kasaravalli allows viewers to explore on their own terms the singular worlds he creates. This book introduces Kasaravalli's groundbreaking career with an in-depth look at eight of his most important films, all available with English subtitles."Kasaravalli thinks globally and works locally." U.R. ANANTHAMURTHY"Kasaravalli has been one of the most underestimated filmmakers of our time." MAITHILI RAO"Kasaravalli has . . . extended the very range of conventional social realism by bringing into his framework various aspects of dynamic living cultural traditions. The 'culturing' of social realism has been Girish's most outstanding contribution to Indian cinema." N. MANU CHAKRAVARTHY
Description : We have tried to present an overview of one-hundred-year-old movie history (all over the world), which has both positive and negative aspects for the creator and the viewer. This is especially true of the three leading commercial centersBollywood (Bombay Hindi movies), Hollywood (USA), and Japan. Images moved in 1892 and started talking in 1923 in The Jazz Singer (Hollywood). It has remarkable achievements both on epic and offbeat levels. They cast a hypnotic spell and emotional bonding of the viewers with the star performers and singers. The identification with the character and their predicament is the magnetism, which is unparalleled compared to other arts like literature, painting, music, etc. Movies combine all the three major art forms besides the charisma of the stars. But it has its flip side also, like the dark space between stars littered with broken hearts and lives and the questionable impact of the crass, commercial movie with an eye on profit at any cost. However, we can make it more powerful and positive. The book is an exciting romp through the stellar world of movies and their creators.