Book looks at new Hindi cinema in neo-liberal India

A new book analyses a film form that began to emerge in Hindi cinema in early 21st century and is marked by realism, by focusing on urban life and culture of the new middle class, as well as pessimism, violence and fear.

"Dark Fear, Eerie Cities: New Hindi Cinema in Neoliberal India" looks at new Hindi cinema from different angles and through analysis of crime thrillers and horror films aims to answer some fundamental questions: why is there so much of pessimism, what impact does neo-liberalism have on the city and cinematic representations, etc.

Author Sarunas Paunksnis locates new cinematic developments in a much broader context of socio-cultural change in contemporary India, and traces the roots of imagining India 'darkly'.

The book, published by Oxford University Press, analyses the wide array of films made in the early 21st century to offer a philosophical and psychoanalytical critique of the transforming cinematic imaginary - from the pre-1990s feudal family ideal to the contemporary construction of the new middle class's subjectivities in the post-colonial context.

Keeping in mind the effects of globalisation, market liberalisation, and the emergence of new forms of media and its consumption, the book proposes a theoretical engagement with cinematic transformations.