Raj Kapoor: Director, Citizen, Everyman
by Samir Dayal
Join us on January 15th for a talk about the influential Indian director and actor Raj Kapoor, lead by Bentley University Professor Samir Dayal.
Kapoor’s work has achieved him an enormous, and perhaps still unsurpassed, fame in India. But he also gained a following and an emotional connection with people of many other countries, including in the former Soviet Union, where, in recognition of one of his best-known films, he was affectionately dubbed "Comrade Vagabond.”
Kapoor’s contributions to Indian cinema are numerous and substantial, and Dayal will offer a glimpse into his craftsmanship and artistic achievement as film director, but also explore some of the key themes of his oeuvre, particularly his social and political concern with the figure of the Indian citizen.
Samir Dayal is associate professor of English and Media studies at Bentley University in Boston. He has served as the cultural studies series editor for all the Other Press in New York. He is the author of Resisting Modernity: Counternarratives of Nation and Modernity, and coeditor of Global Babel: Interdisciplinarity, Transnationalism and the Discourses of Globalization (with Margueritte Murphy). He is completing a book about Indian cinema as well as another book on global cinema.
He has published widely on Postcolonial studies and cultural studies in edited collections such as Afro-Asian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics, ed. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, and journals such as Postmodern Culture, Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Cultural Critique, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Socialist Review, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among others. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.