A Basement Cinephilia. Indian Diaspora women watch Bollywood Academic Article uri icon


  • This article results from surveybased research on the actual and situated viewing practices of Indian diaspora women who watch Bollywood. I argue that they thereby construct and not merely consume new definitions of national and diasporic identity and motherhood through this mediation. Further, I argue that the personal and communal identities constructed by diaspora female Bollywoodwatchers are not merely nostalgic, but a complex amalgam of their responses to the porosity and ambiguity of the medium of Bollywood film. 2004 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All right reserved.

published proceedings

  • South Asian Popular Culture

author list (cited authors)

  • Bhattacharya, N.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Bhattacharya, Nandini

publication date

  • October 2004