Chapter 14. Terror, Spectacle, and the Secular State in Bombay Cinema

  1. Elleke Boehmer Professor1 and
  2. Stephen Morton Senior Lecturer2
  1. Sujala Singh Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch14

Terror and the Postcolonial

Terror and the Postcolonial

How to Cite

Singh, S. (2009) Terror, Spectacle, and the Secular State in Bombay Cinema, in Terror and the Postcolonial (eds E. Boehmer and S. Morton), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310085.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Oxford, UK

  2. 2

    University of Southampton, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Southampton, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191548

Online ISBN: 9781444310085



  • Bombay Cinema - terror and spectacle and secular state;
  • diasporic Indian in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge;
  • Kargil battle in mountainous terrain over “line of control” (or LOC);
  • Gadar (2001), Hero (2002), LOC Kargil (2003);
  • hindutva's seamless narrative - globalization and Hindu chauvinism;
  • liberalization, opening of markets and delegitimation of political and civil rights;
  • NRI and terrorist figures in Bombay cinema;
  • Dil Se and Mission Kashmir;
  • terrorist conflagrations and bombings and deferred romance;
  • terrorist goals within imaginative resources - a popular appeal of Bombay cinema


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Dil Se (From the Heart, dir. Mani Ratnam, 1998)

  • Mission Kashmir (dir. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, 2000)

  • References