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FB-56353-12Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsLakshmi SrinivasIndian Cinema and the Active Audience: An Ethnographic Study1/1/2012 - 9/30/2012$37,800.00Lakshmi Srinivas   University of Massachusetts, BostonBostonMA02125-3300USA2011SociologyFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs378000378000

Audiences of popular cinema in India are active and participatory, even boisterous. In movie theaters people frequently cheer and whistle. Raucous viewers seated in the cheap seats in front of the screen shout out to characters, repeat dialogue, throw coins at the screen to signal appreciation and rip up the upholstery with razor blades and knives to voice protest. Cinema in India is primarily a social experience and audience members carry on conversations with their viewing companions throughout the film. What can active and interactive audiences in a non-western setting which rivals Hollywood in terms of both numbers of films produced and consumed tell us about cinema and its experience? Drawing on ethnographic research in South India involving participant observation at sites where cinema is produced and received this book project offers an understanding of cinema that incorporates actual audiences and lived experience of film and that has broader cross-cultural relevance.