Essays in Celebrity Culture

Essays in Celebrity Culture

Stars and Styles

Pramod K. Nayar


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The collection of essays in the book moves from the largest domain of celebrity culture in India – Bollywood – through celebrity life writing and biopics and, finally, to the politics of and by celebrity culture. The book begins with an exploration of films made around celebrity victims to the vernacular cosmopolitanism of Bollywood stars’ philanthropic and humanitarian work and, finally, to celebrity charisma and its role in the current era of ‘post-truth.’ Two studies of celebrity biopics and auto/biographies – from sports stars to Bollywood stars – and their disease memoirs are included. Finally, a section of essays are devoted to celebrity cultural politics, including Indian writing as a celebrity, the Narmada River as a celebrity, the desacralization of celebrity statues, Arundhati Roy’s celebrated and celebrity activism and the self-fashioning of Indian authors in the age of digital culture.


Pramod K. Nayar:

Pramod K Nayar teaches at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad. He is the author of many books, including Indian Travel Writing in the Age of Empire (2020), and has contributed to essays in leading journals.