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Mad Tales from Bollywood

SEPTEMBER 27, 2006

Mad Tales from Bollywood, Portrayal of Mental Illness in conventional Hindi cinema written by Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, is being published this week by Psychology Press as a Maudsley Monograph. 

This is the first book that investigates how mental illness is portrayed in Hindi cinema and examines attitudes towards mental health in Indian culture, how they are reflected in Hindi films, and how culture has influenced the portrayal of the psychoses.

Subjects covered in this book include cinema and emotion, socio-economic factors and cinema in India, Indian personality, villainy and history and psychoanalysis in the films of the 1960s.  Mad Tales of Bollywood will be of interest to psychiatrists, mental health professionals, students of media and cultural studies and anyone interested in Indian culture.

Professor Bughra has written extensively on cultural factors and mental illness, psychosexual medicine and sexuality.  This publication is a Maudsley Monograph 48 and for more information on buying it go to:

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