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Omar Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733681

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733681.001.0001

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Angry Young Men

Angry Young Men

Deewaar (The Wall, 1975, Dir. Yash Chopra)

(p.145) Chapter Eight: Angry Young Men
Studying Indian Cinema

Omar Ahmed

Liverpool University Press

This chapter addresses how, unlike Hollywood, which has seen the rise of high-concept cinema overshadow the power a film star once possessed at the box office, Indian cinema, especially mainstream Hindi films, continues to underline the significance of film stars and views them as paramount to the development and marketing of most feature films. The angry-young-man persona of Indian cinema's biggest film star, Amitabh Bachchan, forged in an era of widespread political disillusionment, found its greatest expression in the 1975 super-hit Deewaar (The Wall), directed by Yash Chopra. The chapter moves away from Indian art cinema to the attractions of the mainstream film Deewaar. It engages with a range of key areas, such as the wider political context of the 1975 Indian Emergency and the angry young man as a sociopolitical symbol. It also looks at representations encompassing matriarchy, religion and poverty; Amitabh Bachchan's star image; and the lasting legacy of Deewaar for today's cinema.

Keywords:   Indian cinema, mainstream Hindi films, film stars, angry young man, Amitabh Bachchan, political disillusionment, Deewaar, Yash Chopra, 1975 Indian Emergency

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