The idea of nation, cultural spaces & gender in diasporic Bollywood cinema
Dr. Rashmi Singh
As the idea of nation is concern, in diaspora, it is a matter of consideration in shaping how the ‘home’ is remembered in Hindi films which reconfigures memory and nostalgia in diasporic world. Bollywood has evolved of its construction of the diaspora since its original conceptions of a strict dichotomy between East and West. In the beginning, anti-colonial notions of nationality projected themselves onto the female figure and prevented the diasporic films from being true texts of transnationalism. However, as Bollywood has evolved in modern times, newer films have treated the diaspora as an acceptable space- and traditional notions of morality and sexuality attached to anti-colonial nationalism have been abandoned in the these spaces. Hindi films constitute an element of public culture for the Indian diaspora and to some extent by the diaspora from the Indian sub-continent. It can be seen as a counter-flow of media products from a developing country to the more developed West. And this counter-flow of Hindi films from the homeland to the diaspora sustain itself using the same systemic structures of globalization that operate in cultural -flow from the West to a developing country. Over the years this genre also confines feminine sexuality within transnational cultural spaces in shaping of the idea of nation.