Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bollywood and the Indian unconscious

Everyone go here and listen to Kamla Bhatt's interview with Dr. Salman Akhtar on Bollywood and the Indian unconscious. A psychologist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Akhtar discusses the connection between the very sophisticated and nuanced culture of India with the exaggerated, silly world of Bollywood. He argues that on the surface, the resonance of Bollywood within this culture doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, so he wonders what might be going on underneath, unconsciously, both for individuals and the larger collective society.

2 comments:

rooq said...

Thought this was pretty interesting:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5098600.stm

Filmiholic said...

If I'm not mistaken, he's the brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar, and did a reading and Q&A of his book in NY a few months back.