ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Single-screen Delights

Cinema Hall Audiences in India

House Full: Indian Cinema and the Active Audience by Lakshmi Srinivas, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016; pp xi + 315, $37.50 | £26.50.


Lakshmi Srinivas’s House Full is an anthropological study of film audiences in India. It complements recent work on the intersections between movie star fandom, urban popular culture and religiosity by, among others, Shalini Kakar (2010), Roos Gerritsen (2012) and Constantine Nakassis (2016). While fans make an appearance in House Full too, they are not the central focus of the book. The author’s object of research, in her words, is 

the voluble cinema hall audience and an in-theater experience marked by spontaneity, improvisation, and performance that is far removed from the silent absorption of film associated with mainstream audiences in Anglo–American and Western European exhibition (multiplex) settings. (p 3)

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Updated On : 31st Jan, 2021
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