Why the Closure of Mumbai’s Iconic Rhythm House is a Blow to Scholars of the City

Posted: February 2nd, 2016

The final notice has now been posted on the Rhythm House website that the shop is closing down and the online business is going.  It feels like reading an obituary notice as this old friend has been part of my bond with Indian cinema and the city of Mumbai, in particular this area of town where I risk my life as a determined pedestrian.  I’ve been shopping at Rhythm House for 25 years, using it as a major resource for my research on Hindi cinema and getting to know its red-jacketed staff.  My sadness is not purely personal as this also marks a shift for all of us who work on and in Mumbai, albeit one we knew was long coming as shopping practices change with the growth of malls and changes in film viewing practices and media consumption.

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