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Diverting Denim: Screening Jeans in Bollywood

Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber

Source: Global Denim 2011

Book chapter

During a research visit to Bombay in 2008, I asked a young costume assistant, as we sat talking in a suburban Bombay coffee house, how often she had sourced jeans for films. She replied: ‘Denim is big in films. Our actors are wearing denim throughout the film. They have to have jeans, unless they are wearing a suit. I cannot think of a film where we haven’t used jeans, even actresses.’

Bollywood Fashion

Vandana Bhandari

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

In its early years, Indian cinema showcased the culture and traditions of the country, with mythology, religion, and history providing the predominant themes. The custom of wandering minstrels who would narrate legends and stories from the epics in villages, fairs, and marketplaces was an integral part of Indian culture. Dance and drama were a necessary component of the storytelling tradition, and the roots of Indian cinema go back to this. One of cinema’s earliest exponents was Dada Saheb Phalke

South Asian Diaspora

Hazel A. Lutz

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The South Asian diaspora extends into many different nations around the globe. The rate of migration accelerated during the colonial and postcolonial eras, when many distinct communities, and communities within communities, were established around the world. A diaspora is a triadic relationship among a local group of dispersed people, the homeland from which they have come, and the new location in which they reside. Being a member of a diaspora entails a paradoxical feeling of being both at home

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