Start Date

23-3-2011 3:00 PM

End Date

23-3-2011 6:00 PM

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The star machinery of Tamil cinema presents itself as a nearly unfathomable system that produces stars out of actors and fans out of audience on a grandiose scale. The study is invested in determining a specific mode of star films in Tamil cinema as a unique genre by itself. These films from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India typically frame and deify the male actor as a star. The star’s image prevails over the narrative, thereby organizing the entire film for the star and not vice-versa. The stars in Tamil cinema are not icons for a genre; rather they are the genre themselves. This research study diagnoses star‐centric cinema in terms of genre and modality, cinematic populism, mythification, identification, spectacles, melodramatic masculinity and fan‐driven organized spectatorship.


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Star as Genre: Actors and their Externalities in Popular Tamil Cinema

The star machinery of Tamil cinema presents itself as a nearly unfathomable system that produces stars out of actors and fans out of audience on a grandiose scale. The study is invested in determining a specific mode of star films in Tamil cinema as a unique genre by itself. These films from the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India typically frame and deify the male actor as a star. The star’s image prevails over the narrative, thereby organizing the entire film for the star and not vice-versa. The stars in Tamil cinema are not icons for a genre; rather they are the genre themselves. This research study diagnoses star‐centric cinema in terms of genre and modality, cinematic populism, mythification, identification, spectacles, melodramatic masculinity and fan‐driven organized spectatorship.