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Anupama Prabhala - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Anupama Prabhala

Associate Professor, Film, TV and Media Studies | Loyola Marymount University


School of Film and Television





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Anupama Prabhala is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her research situates moving image melodrama within a wider cultural history of the body, affect, ethics, and citizenship in modern India. Her work has been published in Framework, South Asian Popular Culture, Indian Film Stars (BFI, 2017), The 1960s Revisited: Fashion, Film, Modernities (Indiana UP, 2017), and Figurations in Indian Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Her award-winning collection Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (coedited with Jennifer Bean and Laura Horak, Indiana UP, 2014) engages with silent cinema's multiple dispersals and messy crossings—of origins, texts, locations, and histories. She is a member of The Melodrama Consortium and serves on the program committee for the India Kaleidoscope Festival at MOMI.

Education (3)

University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Film and Media

University of California, Berkeley: M.A., Film and Media

University of Delhi New Delhi, India: M Phil, English and Anglophone Indian Literature

Areas of Expertise (10)

Indian Literature in Translation

Postcolonial Theory

Comparative Modernities


Silent and Early Sound Cinema

Digital and Analog Film History

Film Historiography and Theory

South Asian cinema

Global Media

Anglophone South Asian Literature

Industry Expertise (3)

Performing Arts

Motion Pictures and Film

Media - Online

Accomplishments (1)

City Cinematheque, CUNY TV (professional)

(2002/Bangladesh, 98 min., color, drama, in Bengali with English subtitles) Dir.: Tareque Masud. Cast: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy. Set against the backdrop of the late ‘60s and Bangladesh’s independence movement, this film tells the story of a family torn apart by religion and war. Discussion guest: Anupama Kapse, Queens College/ CUNY. View: https://tv.cuny.edu/show/citycinematheque/PR2004070

Affiliations (5)

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Domitor Society for the Study of Early Cinema
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Modern Language Association

Languages (5)

  • English (native language proficiency)
  • Hindi (native language proficiency)
  • Marathi (reading and speaking proficiency)
  • Telugu (native language proficiency)
  • Urdu (speaking proficiency)

Articles (2)

Lust Stories: A Dossier

Film Quarterly

Meheli Sen, Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Monika Mehta, and Anupama Prabhala Kapse

Four scholars of Indian cinema—Meheli Sen, Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Monika Mehta, and Anupama Prabhala Kapse—offer their takes here on Lust Stories (2018), a Bollywood anthology film that has created a stir in India and beyond.

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Afterthoughts on the Indian cinema centenary

South Asian Popular Culture

Anupama Kapse

This dossier approaches the centenary as a field of historicization that calls for economic, affective, material and ideological investments in cinema's present and future. In turn, the four essays collected here show how, as a memory practice, this latest centenary—one of many—is caught up in systems of retrieval that reimagine the contemporary, globalized nation through a nostalgically remembered filmic past.

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