In a recent promo for the hugely popular game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Bollywood superstar and host Amitabh Bachchan asks a contestant from the northeastern states which country the Indian city of Kohima belongs to. The options are China, Nepal, India or Bhutan.
She requests to use a lifeline, and some viewers laugh, thinking the answer is obvious. Bachchan tells her 100 percent of the audience says India. “This is something everyone knows,” he tells her.
“Yes sir, everyone knows about it, but how many believe in it?” she replies."
Prof. Madhava Prasad talks about his book ‘Cine Politics’. He adds that the emergence of cine-politics as a political event can be seen as the result and reaction to the political deprivation, encountered by various south Indian states. The second round of nationalism, as seen as emerging through the cinema related politics is the politics of the sidelined mass, outside the main body of the cultural unification proposed by the post independent nation.
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