Past Event

Researching the Mumbai Film Industry: The Value of Surprise

May 16, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to a lecture by Tejaswini Ganti, Associate Professor at New York University. Based on over two decades of research on the Mumbai film industry, Professor Ganti’s talk will reflect on some of the insights and lessons she has gained over time and the methodologies necessary for studying media industries, especially commercial film production. She will demonstrate the value of embracing the element of uncertainty and critically examining statistical records and market data to arrive at a more holistic understanding of the Mumbai film industry.

The talk is being organized as part of the Center's Mumbai as a City of Knowledge initiative.

About the Speaker

Tejaswini Ganti is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and core faculty in the Program in Culture and Media at New York University. She has been researching filmmaking practices of the Hindi film industry since 1996 and is the author of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry and Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. Her current research examines the politics of language and translation within the Mumbai film industry, the formalization and professionalization of film training through film schools in India, and a social history of Indian cinema in the United States.