A Decade of Opposites: Hindi Cinema’s Most Disruptive, Transformative Decade
Ayesha Anna Ninan
WHEN ARDH SATYA MET HIMMATWALA: THE MANY LIVES OF 1980S’ BOMBAY CINEMA by By Avijit Ghosh Speaking Tiger, 2023, 378 pp., INR 599.00
March 2024, volume 48, No 3

The 1980s is a decade of contradictions in Hindi cinema. Theatres grew in numbers over the decade while the size of the theatre audience fell. Film budgets skyrocketed without a corresponding increase in box- office returns. The genre of films being made ranged from hard-hitting new wave to garish massy films scored by disco music as evidenced by the title of this book.

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