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10-12-2019 4:35 PM

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Abstract: Producers in Indian film industries often ask mainstream writers and directors to introduce aspects of the ‘family drama’ genre into their movies, in order to increase appeal and profit. So, it is clear that Indian audiences are eagerly responding to such familial themes. But there has been no research on the reasons for audiences’ fascination with the genre. In the process of writing and directing my own ‘family drama’ meta-film in India, I will explore the unique social and religious conditions that have led to this genre’s popularity in Indian cinema. I will also monitor in-theater reactions and record audience feedback to my film – this will shed further light on the impact of certain societal conditions on audiences’ opinion of the ‘family drama’ genre.

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Mentor: Kenneth Provencher

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Dec 10th, 4:35 PM

The 'Family Drama' in Indian Cinema: Societal Reasons for the Genre's Popularity

Abstract: Producers in Indian film industries often ask mainstream writers and directors to introduce aspects of the ‘family drama’ genre into their movies, in order to increase appeal and profit. So, it is clear that Indian audiences are eagerly responding to such familial themes. But there has been no research on the reasons for audiences’ fascination with the genre. In the process of writing and directing my own ‘family drama’ meta-film in India, I will explore the unique social and religious conditions that have led to this genre’s popularity in Indian cinema. I will also monitor in-theater reactions and record audience feedback to my film – this will shed further light on the impact of certain societal conditions on audiences’ opinion of the ‘family drama’ genre.