Swapnil Rai

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Professional Title

Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media

Department(s)

Film, Television and Media

About

Devika Rani, first lady of Indian cinema, spearheaded a studio and co-produced global films. Her contemporary Durga Khote was the first female star to produce ad films and venture into television production. Nargis, the star of Oscar nominated, Mother India, also produced films. While female stars have historically been central to Indian cinema’s production culture and globalization, their role within it is largely ignored. These stars have been critical to the adoption of global industry practices and the creation of new business models and networks to enable Hindi cinema’s global presence. Charting a historical trajectory from the 1940s to the 1960s my research explicates the impact of female stars on Bollywood's globalization.

Research Interests

humanities
mixed methods
transnational