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Superheroes On World Screens$
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Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462340

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462340.001.0001

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“Tu Mera Superman”

“Tu Mera Superman”

Globalization, Cultural Exchange, and the Indian Superhero

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(p.113) “Tu Mera Superman”
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Superheroes On World Screens
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Iain Robert Smith

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462340.003.0007

While the recent blockbuster Krrish (2006) was initially promoted as “India’s First Super Hero,” the film is actually part of a long history of attempts to engage with the superhero genre in Indian cinema. Utilising Yuri Lotman’s model of cultural exchange, this chapter traces five distinct stages in this history from the early use of imported characters in titles such as Return of Mr. Superman (1960) through to the transnational influence of contemporary Indian superheroes such as Krrish and Ra.One (2011). Moving beyond simplistic formulations that see Indian superheroes as purely imitative of Western models, this chapter instead positions the Indian superhero as part of a transnational dialogue that has a number of implications for our understanding of globalization more broadly.

Keywords:   Bollywood, Indian, Transnational, Remake, Globalization

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