From Hollywood to Bollywood: The Cinema of South Asians Abroad

What do feminism, nationalism, World Cup soccer, and cinema have in common? This exciting new book examines the intricate skeins that link these seemingly disparate phenomena. It traces the representations of Indians and other South Asians in the cinema, from the Hollywood film industry to the growing Indian film industry known popularly as Bollywood. It focuses on films made in the past two decades on the South Asian (desi) experience in the West. The United States and the United Kingdom have both seen large-scale Asian immigration over the past century, and pan-Asian experiences have become a part of the history of both countries. This book examines the films that represent this immigrant experience, specifically those made by members of the South Asian diaspora in both of these countries, including Bend It Like Beckham, Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala, East Is East, and My Son, the Fanatic. It challenges the model minority stereotype that plagues South Asian communities in the United States, and focuses on the experiences of working-class Asians and their families. It compares these films and their representation of the desi experience in the West to those of mainstream cinema of both Hollywood and Bollywood. The book is a must read for all those interested in the impact of global politics on cinema and its representation of minority communities.