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    5 Hindi director born in Bombay. Son of Kikubhai Desai, founder of the Paramount Studio which later housed Filmalaya (Est: 1958). Elder brother of the producer Subhash Desai. Started as assistant director to Babubhai Mistri in the late 50s; 60s work in line with Shammi Kapoor’s films at Filmistan (Bluff Master, Badtameez). Although the films rely on Hollywood models (esp. Elvis Presley) introduced into Hindi film by Subodh Mukherjee and Nasir Hussain, they also jettison some of the narrative ballast that e.g. Hussain puts into his romances. The narratives in the 70s films with Rajesh Khanna (Sachcha Jhutha) and Jeetendra (Bhai Ho 
     5Hindi director born in Bombay. Son of Kikubhai Desai, founder of the Paramount Studio which later housed Filmalaya (Est: 1958). Elder brother of the producer Subhash Desai. Started as assistant director to [[Babubhai Mistri]] in the late 50s; 60s work in line with [[Shammi Kapoor]]’s films at [[Filmistan]] ([[Bluff Master]], Badtameez). Although the films rely on Hollywood models (esp. Elvis Presley) introduced into Hindi film by [[Subodh Mukherjee]] and [[Nasir Hussain]], they also jettison some of the narrative ballast that e.g. Hussain puts into his romances. The narratives in the 70s films with [[Rajesh Khanna]] ([[Sachcha Jhutha]]) and [[Jeetendra]] (Bhai Ho 
    66To Aisa) develop a series of autonomously 
    77packaged sequences emotionally complete in 
     
    99guy-bad guy dual roles or lost-and-found 
    1010brother stories first elaborated by Tamil films 
    11 (e.g. Parasakthi, 1952), removing the 
     11(e.g. [[Parasakthi]], 1952), removing the 
    1212political aspects from their populist approach 
    1313and replacing them with a more diffuse, less 
    1414targeted aggressiveness. Turned independent 
    15 producer with Amar Akbar Anthony, often 
     15producer with [[Amar Akbar Anthony]], often 
    1616financed by industrial family of Hindujas. 
    17 Leading director in the 70s. Desai’s best-known films, Naseeb and Coolie, have Bachchan continuing the MGR mode of presenting himself in the guise of the oppressed subaltern. But Desai adds a celebration of lumpen power charged with communal references. Publicly announced his retirement as a director after Ganga Jamuna Saraswati. Recently, the resemblance between Desai’s formula plots and the structure of US TV series caused his work to be associated with notions of postmodernism. His son Ketan Desai now makes films for MKD Films (e.g. Allah Rakha, 1986; Toofan, 1989). 
     17Leading director in the 70s. Desai’s best-known films, [[Naseeb]] and [[Coolie]], have [[Bachchan]] continuing the [[MGR]] mode of presenting himself in the guise of the oppressed subaltern. But Desai adds a celebration of lumpen power charged with communal references. Publicly announced his retirement as a director after Ganga Jamuna Saraswati. Recently, the resemblance between Desai’s formula plots and the structure of US TV series caused his work to be associated with notions of postmodernism. His son Ketan Desai now makes films for MKD Films (e.g. Allah Rakha, 1986; Toofan, 1989). 
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