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Authored Books

2014 — Picture abhi baaki hai: Bollywood as a guide to modern India. New Delhi: Hachette.

2014 — Bollywood’s India: Hindi cinema as a guide to contemporary India. London/Chicago: Reaktion Books.

2013 —  Get started in Gujarati (Teach Yourself Language) London: Teach Yourself/Hodder.

2008 — What do Hindus Believe? London: Granta.

2006 — Filming the Gods: Religion and Indian Cinema. London, New York and New Delhi: Routledge (Sections reprinted in Brent Plate and Jolyon             Mitchell (eds), The Religion and Film Reader. London: Routledge, pp135-42.

2005 — 100 Bollywood Films. London: British Film Institute.

2002 — Rachel Dwyer & Divia Patel, Cinema India: The Visual Culture of Hindi Film. London: Reaktion.

2002 — Yash Chopra. London: British Film Institute

2000 — All You Want is Money, All You Need is Love. London: Continuum.

2000 — The Poetics of Devotion: The Gujarati Lyrics of Dayaram. London: Routledge (London Studies on South Asia, 19).

1995 — Gujarati (Teach Yourself). London: Hodder.

Edited Books

2021 — Cinema, soft power, and geo-political change. Co-edited with Stephanie Dennison. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

2019 — Bombay before Mumbai: Essays in honour of Jim MasselosCo-edited with Manjiri Kamat and Prashant Kidambi.  London: Hurst/New York: Oxford University Press/Guurgaon: Penguin

2015 — Key concepts in modern Indian studies. Co-edited with Gita Dharmpal Frick, Monika Kirolskar Steinbach, and Jahnavi PhalkeyNew Delhi/New York: Oxford University Press/New York University Press.

2015 — Bollywood. London: Routledge. (Critical concepts in media and cultural studies)

2011 — Rachel Dwyer & Jerry Pinto (eds), Beyond the Boundaries of Bollywood: The Many Forms of Hindi Cinema. New Delhi: Oxford                           University Press.

2000 — Rachel Dwyer & Christopher Pinney (eds), Pleasure and the Nation: The History, Politics and Consumption of Popular Culture in India.             New Delhi: Oxford University Press (SOAS Studies on South Asia).

Book Chapters

2022 — ‘A German eye on Indian beauty: Josef Wirsching’s portrayal of the female star in Hindi film.’  In Debashree Mukherjee (ed.) Beyond the silver screen: Josef Wirsching and an unseen history of Indian cinema. Delhi: Mapin and the Alkazi Foundation: 109-125
2022 — ‘Get on the train baby!: Joining Kashmir and Kanyakumari through Hinglish and English accents and language in Chennai Express (2013)’  Co-authored with Helen Ashton.  In Ranjani Mazumdar and Neepa Majumdar (eds) Blackwell companion to Hindi film.  Oxford: Blackwell: 475-496
2022 — ‘I do fatafat constipation with goras in tiptop gora English: Hinglish and English accents and language in Jab tak hai jaan (2012)’  With Helen Ashton.  In Francesca Orsini (ed.) Hinglish live: Language mixing across media. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan: 201-222
2021 — ‘New myths for an old nation: Bollywood, soft power and Hindu nationalism.  In Stephanie Dennison and Rachel Dwyer (eds)  Cinema, soft power and geo-political change. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press: 190-209

2018 — ‘Rimjhim ke taraane leke aayi barsaat’: Songs of love and longing in the Bombay rains.’  In Katherine R. Schofield, Imke Rajamani and Margrit Pernau (eds.) Monsoon feelings: a history of emotions in the rain. Delhi: Niyogi Books: 291-314

2017 — ‘Afterword.’  In Jayson Beaster-Jones and Natalie Sarrazin (eds)  Music in contemporary Indian film: memory, voice, identity. (Routledge Music and Screen Media).  London: Routledge: 192-8    

2016 — ‘Mumbai middlebrow: ways of thinking about the middle ground in Hindi cinema.’ In Sally Faulkner (ed.) Middlebrow cinema.  London: Routledge: 51-67

2016 — ‘I am crazy about the Lord: the Muslim devotional genre in Hindi film.’  In Ali Nobil Ahmad (ed.) Cinema in Muslim Societies.  London: Routledge: 118-129 (Reprint of 2010 article in Third Text)

2015 — ‘A star is born?: Rishi Kapoor and dynastic charisma in Hindi cinema.’ In: Cobb, Shelley and Ewen, Neil, (eds.), First comes love: Power couples, celebrity kinship, and cultural politics. New York: Bloomsbury Academic USA, pp. 96-115.

2015 — ‘Innocent abroad: Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and the diasporic star.’ In: Dudrah, Rajinder and Mader, Elke and Fuchs, Bernhard, (eds.), Shah Rukh Khan and global Bollywood. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 49-69.

2015 — ‘I love you when you’re angry: Amitabh Bachchan, the star and emotion in the Hindi film.’ In: Bandhauer, Andrea and Royer, Michelle, (eds.), Stars in World Cinema: Screen Icons and Star Systems Across Cultures. London: IB Tauris, pp. 13-23. (Tauris World Cinema Series)

2014 — ‘The biopic of the new middle classes in contemporary Hindi cinema.’ In: Brown, Tomand Vidal, Belen, (eds.), The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture. London: Routledge, pp. 68-83. (AFI Film readers)

2013 —  ‘The Hindi film biopic’ In Robert Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulescu (eds) The Blackwell Companion to Historical Film.  Oxford:                            Blackwell, pp. 219-232.

2013 — ‘Bollywood’s Empire.’ In: Chatterjee, Joya and Washbrook, David, (eds.),                                                                                                               Routledge handbook of South Asian diaspora. London: Routledge, pp. 407-416.

2013 — ‘Happy ever after: Hindi films and the happy ending’ In: Ssorin-Chaikov , Nikolai, (ed.), The Topography of Happiness from the                                     American Dream to Postsocialism/ Топография счастья от Американской мечты к пост-социализму. pp. 357-402.

2011 — ‘Bombay Gothic: 60 years of Mahal/The mansion, dir. Kamal Amrohi, 1949.’                                                                                                            In: Beyond the boundaries of Bollywood: the many forms of Hindi cinema. Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 130-155.

2011 — ‘Zara hatke!: The New Middle Classes and the Segmentation of Hindi Cinema.’                                                                                                          In: Donner, Henrike, (ed.), A Way of Life: Being Middle-class in Contemporary India. London: Routledge. pp184-208.

2009 — ‘Bimal Roy: a different kind of Hindi cinema In: Bhattacharya , Rinki, (ed.), Bimal Roy: The Man Who Spoke in Pictures.                                              New Delhi: Penguin, pp. 162-171.

2009 — ‘Ich mag es, wenn du zornig wirst: Amitabh Bachchan, Emotionen und Stars im Hindi-film.’                                                                                        In: Tieber, Claus, (ed.), Fokus Bollywood: das indische Kino in wissenschaftlichen Diskursen. Münster: Lit. Verlag, pp. 99-115.

2009 — ‘Depictions of and by Religious Practitioners in Films: Hinduism.’ In: Lyden, John, (ed.),                                                                                              Routledge Companion to Religion and Film. New York: Routledge, pp. 141-161.

2007 — ‘Indian Cinema.’ In: Cook, Pam, (ed.), The Cinema Book. London: British Film Institute, pp. 221-223.

2006 — ‘Planet Bollywood: Hindi Film in the UK.’ In: Sayyid, SHasan and Ali, N and Kalra, VS, (eds.),                                                                                    A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain. London: Hurst & Co., pp. 366-375.

2006 — ‘The Saffron Screen?: Hindi Movies and Hindu Nationalism.’ In: Meyer, B. and Moors, A., (eds.),                                                                                Religion, Media and the Public sphere. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 422-460.

2006 — ‘Kiss or Tell? Declaring Love in Hindi Films.’ In: Orsini, F., (ed.), Love in South Asia: A Cultural History.                                                                Cambridge University Press, pp. 289-302.

2006 — ‘The Goddess in Indian Film.’ In: Goddess: Divine Energy. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, pp. 153-155.

2005 — ‘Cinema.’ In: Cush, D. and Robinson, C. and York, M., (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Hinduism. London: Routledge Curzon.

2004 — ‘Yeh shaadi nahin ho sakti! (This wedding cannot happen!).’ In: Jones, GW and K.Ramdas,, (eds.),                                                                            (Un)tying the Knot: Ideal and Reality in Asian Marriage. Asia Research Institute, National Univesrity of Singapore (Singapore), pp. 59-90.

2004 — ‘International Hinduism: The Swaminarayan Sect.’ In: Jacobsen, KA and Kumar, P, (eds.),                                                                                           South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions. Brill (Netherlands), pp. 180-199.

2004 — ‘Representing the Muslim: The ‘Courtesan Film’ in Indian Popular Cinema.’ In: Parfitt, T and Y.Egorava,, (eds.),                                                            Mediating the Other: Representations of Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Media. London: Routledge/Curzon, pp. 78-92.

2002 — ‘Landschaft der Liebe: die indischen Mittelschichten,die romantische Liebe und das Konsumdenken.’ In: Schneider, A, (ed.),                                      Bollywood: das indische Kino und die Schweiz. Museum fur Gestaltung, Zurich (Switzerland), pp. 97-105.

2000 — ‘Shooting Stars: The Indian Film Magazine Stardust.’ In: Dwyer, Rachel and Pinney, C, (eds.),                                                                                  Pleasure and the Nation: The History, Consumption and Politics of Public Culture inx India. India: Oxford University Press,                              pp. 247-85.

2000 — ‘Bombay Ishtyle.’ In: Bruzzi, S and Gibson, P, (eds.), Fashion Cultures: Theories, Explorations and Analysis.                                                         London: Routledge, pp. 178-190.

1998 — ‘“Starry Nights”: The Novels of Shobha Dé.’ In: d’Haen, Theo, (ed.), (Un)writing Empire. Amsterdam:Rodopi, pp. 117-133.

1994 — ‘Caste, Religion and Sect in Gujarat: Followers of Vallabhacharya and Swaminarayan.’ In: Ballard, Roger, (ed.),                                                            Desh Pardesh: The South Asian Experience in Britain. London: Hurst, pp. 165-190.


2020 — ‘Bombay-Mumbai: une ville mélodramatique.’  In ‘L’Inde colossale et capitale’, Critique LXXVI, 872-3, Jan-Feb: 158-168.

2019 — ‘Stardom’ (with Rakesh Sengupta).  Keywords in Bioscope (no further details)

2017 — ‘Calling God on the wrong number: Hindu-Muslim relations in PK (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015).’ The Muslim World. © Hartford Seminary.  Special Issue: Hindu-Muslim Relations, edited by: Lucinda Allen Mosher, Shaunaka Rishi Das. April , Volume 107, Issue 2, pp. 256-270.

2015 — ‘Vighnaharta Shree Siddhivinayak: Ganesh, Remover of Obtacles, Lord of Beginnings, in Mumbai.’ Comparative Study of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 35 (2). pp. 263-276.

2013 — ‘My Lord, the elephant.’ Seminar: The Monthly Symposium, 651 . pp. 39-42.

2013 — ‘The Biggest Star of All: The Elephant in Indian Cinema.’ Religions of South Asia, special issue, ‘Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts:                  Non-human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore’, edited by Thomas Dähnhardt and Fabrizio Ferrari.  Volume also to                              appear as a book.

2011 — ‘The Case of the Missing Mahatma: Gandhi and the Hindi Cinema.’ Public Culture.                                                                                              Special issue edited by Ritu Birla and Faisal Devji, 23 (2). pp. 349-376.

2010 — ‘Hindi Films and their Audiences.’ Marg. A Magazine of the Arts, 61 (3). pp. 30-39.

2010 — ‘I am Crazy about the Lord: The Muslim Devotional Genre in Hindi Film.’ Third Text, 24 (1). pp. 123-134.

2010 — ‘Bollywood’s India: Hindi Cinema as a Guide to Modern India (Based on inaugural lecture, Feb 5, 2008).’                                                              Asian Affairs, 41 (3). pp. 381-398.

2002 — ‘Real and Imagined Audiences: Lagaan and the Hindi Film after the 1990s.’ Etnofoor, Vol. 15 (1/2) . pp. 177-193.

2000 — ‘The Erotics of the Wet Sari in Hindi Films.’ South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 23 (2). pp. 143-159.

2000 — ‘”Indian Values” and the Diaspora: Yash Chopra’s Films of the 1990s.’ West Coast Line, 32-34 (2, Autumn). pp. 6-27.

1998 — ‘Hindi Romantic Cinema: Yash Chopra’s Kabhi Kabhie and Silsila.’ South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies . pp. 181-212.

Encyclopaedia Entries

2011 — ‘Cinema’ in Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof (eds) Encyclopaedia of Global Religion.  Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

2009 — ‘Phalke, Dhundiraj Govind [known as Dadasaheb Phalke] (1870-1944).’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University                 Press.

2007 — ‘Awaara’, ‘Deewaar’, ‘Mughal-e Azam’.  In Chris Fujiwara (ed.)                                                                                                                                 Defining moments in movies: the greatest films, stars, scenes, and events that made movie magic. London: Cassell.

2003 — ‘Mother India’, ‘Deewaar’, ‘Dilwale dulhaniya le jayenge’. In Steven Jay Schneider (ed.)  1001 Films to see before you die.  London: Cassell.

Reviews & Features

Including BFI online, Contemporary South Asia, Gastronomica, The Guardian, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, India International Centre Quarterly, India Today, Indian Express,  Journal of Global History,  Mint, New Statesman,  Outlook, Sight and Sound, The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Times Literary Supplement, The Times of India, Vanity Fair.

Advisory Roles

Advisory Board member, Asian Cinema  (Intellect); Journal for South Asian Popular Culture (Routledge); South Asia Research (Sage Publications); member of editorial board of Irish Journal of South Asian Studies.

International Advisory Board, Indian Media Centre, University of Westminster; Advisory Board, Gujarat Studies Association.

Peer Review

Anonymous reviewer for many academic journals and university presses in the UK, the USA and India.

Recent Grants

AHRC Network Grant, ‘Soft power, cinema and the BRICs’.  Co-Investigator, with Dr Stephanie Dennison, University of Leeds.