Putting the Chaar Chaand on Our Screens: The Visual Spectacles of ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘Devdas’

Aayushi Jadli
Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts
Symbiosis International (Deemed University)


This paper explores the role of production design in cinema through concepts laid by Charles Tashiro and David Brisbin. It situates this in the context of Bollywood as a culture industry, as theorised by scholars like Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Madhava Prasad. The paper delves into two films, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Devdas (2002), and attempts to find links, if any, between the production design and narratives of the films. The mise en analysis reveals that production design plays a crucial role in shaping the narrative of the films, simultaneously rendering Bollywood as an industry through specific visual construction.

Keywords: Production design, Narrative, Bollywood, Culture Industry, Diaspora, Historical films