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Hinduism and Film: Tamil Cinema
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Tamil cinema with few exceptions is thoroughly rooted in Hinduism. Like the other cinemas of India, it is a cinema for the most part made by Hindus for a Hindu audience. Other religious denominations or identities are largely absent on screen and exist at the margins of popular Tamil cinema. Hinduism, therefore, is both a dominant and hegemonic force within Tamil cinema. By a…

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Devadas and Selvaraj Velayutham, Vijay, “Hinduism and Film: Tamil Cinema”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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