“Not in Our Good”: Nationalist and other Concerns in the Censorship Debates in Early Indian Cinema

Bhattacharya, Binayak (2016) “Not in Our Good”: Nationalist and other Concerns in the Censorship Debates in Early Indian Cinema. Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, 2 (2). 217-235.. ISSN 2349-8064

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The present article traces the historical and cultural roots of the censorship practices in cinema in late-colonial India. The emergence of the censorship in India, it suggests, carries a larger concern of the hierarchized nationalist public sphere which sought to establish its effective social control over the newly emerged medium of popular mobilization. Interestingly, the British film industry could enjoy only a limited entry into the film industry in India, and the colonial authority too showed their apparent reluctance towards carrying out necessary reforms in securing the prospects of the nascent sector. This specific feature eventually necessitated a coalition between the dominant social institutions and the colonial authority in carrying out the cultural policing of cinema. The development was further valorized by the emerging sector of literary intelligentsia whose rejection of all forms of films other than literary cinema instigated the middle class professional to enter into the production vis-à-vis the discursive domain of cinema in India. The article summarizes this historical process to locate the coordinates of the social control which, in the virtual absence of a regimented censored regime, produced the normative rules for cultural policing in order to overpower the constitutional exercise of censorship in India.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Censorship, Late-colonial India, Bengal, Indian cinema
Subjects: Communication > MIC Manipal
Depositing User: MIC Library
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 07:47
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 07:47
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156239

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