Everything Masala? Genres in Tamil Cinema
At first sight, all Indian cinemas seems to follow the same aesthetic principles: excessively long movies, song-and-dance scenes and star-studded casts. Most call this phenomenon ‘Bollywood’ and assume all Indian film industries fall under this common name. However, the term ‘Bollywood’ covers only the Hindi-speaking film companies from Mumbai (Bombay). India is a multi-lingual nation: while Hindi is the most significant language in the North, the Dravidian language family is of particular importance in the South. Thus, the role of the Hindi-Bollywood cinema is not crucial in the southern regions of Tamil Nadu (Tamil), Andhra Pradesh (Telugu), Kerala (Malayalam) or Karnataka (Kannada). Significantly, these regional cinemas of the South produce more than half of India’s total output of films.1 And even if these moving pictures share some aspects of style in common with Hindi blockbusters from the North, it should be noted that South Indian cinema differs from Bollywood.
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