‘A man who smokes should never marry a village girl’: Comments on Courtship and Marriage ‘Hindi Film-Style’



Here, both texts and audiences take centre stage. They do so not merely by means of the diverse narratives of viewing generated during the research around which this book is shaped but also via an analysis of both specific film sequences and critical commentaries on these films. This chapter is devoted to a case study of two of the movies which were discussed most fiercely by young interviewees in relation to romance and marriage — Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (The One with the Heart Takes the Bride, henceforward DDLJ) and Hum Aapke Hain Koun …! (Who Am I to You?, henceforward HAHK); concurrantly this chapter is committed to exploring the ways in which specific filmic embodiments of concepts such as ‘romance’, ‘family’ and ‘tradition’ interact with wider cultural conceptions of such ideas to become meaningful within young viewers’ social and psychological repertoires.


Young People Indian Girl Family Honour Young Audience Lead Pair 
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