Professor of Theatre and Film, and Program Coordinator for Film Studies, Ajay Gehlawat, is intimately familiar with cinema and, in particular, with Indian cinema. He has written the book, Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema, and edited The "Slumdog" Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology, a collection of essays relating to the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. In addition, he will also be teaching a course on Bollywood in Spring 2014.
This month, Gehlawat will visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to take part in the symposium "Past, Present, Future: Indian Cinema at 100," the symposium, along with other events, including a screening of filmmaker Onir's My Brother...Nikhil, celebrates the centenary of Indian cinema.
"One of the most interesting aspects of all the recent attention Bollywood has been given," Gehlawat notes, "is how this newfound fascination has, in turn, led to new discussions and debates surrounding the very concept of Bollywood. What is it? Is it just one thing? Or can it refer to many different types of cinema and cinematic styles?"
Ajay Gehlawat's faculty page may be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/hutchins/faculty/ajay-gehlawat.html.