Expert Lecture on “Indian Cinema as Transnational Cinema”
Dr. Vikrant Kishore, Filmmaker and Academician based in Australia, was invited as the expert speaker to deliver a lecture on the topic “Indian Cinema as Transnational Cinema”, as part of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication’s monthly International Expert Lectures series. Dr. Kishore, who is also a board member of the Australia India Film Council and has conducted considerable study on Indian film, gave a detailed overview of the landscape of Indian cinema on global platforms, as well as the problems and opportunities that it presents.
During the lecture, he stated, “Indian film has always had a popular trajectory and is highly welcomed, not only in India but also overseas”. He defined transnational cinema as “appealing to all nations and the movement from one border to another,” rather than “having the same kind of stories and format as films from other countries.” He also used popular Indian films created by Indians living in the UK, USA, Canada, and Australia. In contrast, he noted, there have been Indian language films that have gained global recognition for more realistically portraying the true reality of the Indian Diaspora.
Many students and participants addressed questions after Dr. Kishore’s talk about the popularity and acceptance of Indian films in Australia, as well as the problems of making a film with a global audience in mind, which he answered in detail.