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Studying Indian Cinema$
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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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Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Dreams Like These, 2003, Dir. Sudhir Mishra)

(p.233) Chapter Thirteen: Revolutionaries
Studying Indian Cinema

Omar Ahmed

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reflects on the revolutionary politics of Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Dreams Like These, 2003). Dismissed by audiences on its release, it has grown to become one of the best-reviewed Indian films of its time. Set against the backdrop of the radical Naxalite movement in 1970s India, Mishra's evocative film is a rare example of contemporary political cinema influenced by the work of Shyam Benegal and Mrinal Sen. The chapter discusses a range of areas, including the origins and evolution of political cinema, with a particular focus on Bengali director Mrinal Sen. It also considers the positioning of the film within broader Naxalite cinema; an analysis of director Sudhir Mishra's career; and key ideologies contested amongst the central characters.

Keywords:   revolutionary politics, Sudhir Mishra, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Indian films, Naxalite movement, political cinema, Mrinal Sen, Naxalite cinema

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