Dr Rajinder Dudrah

Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies, University of Manchester

Research Interests

Rajinder works across film, media and cultural studies and is interested in the print and related cultural histories of Black British and British Asian popular cultures and creative industries in cities such as Birmingham and Manchester. He has also researched and published on British Asian fashion and dress materials found in multicultural high streets such as the Soho Road, Birmingham, and as used in popular music like British bhangra - especially in the context of fusion based cultures of mixing and matching. He is also interested in post-war British Asian print cultures of newspapers and magazines, online materials, material cultures and ephemera. 



R. Dudrah (2012) Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema.  London: Routledge. 

R. Dudrah (2007) Bhangra: Birmingham and Beyond.  Birmingham: Birmingham City Council and Punch Records.

R. Dudrah (2006) Bollywood: Sociology Goes to the Movies. New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, London: Sage Publications.


Elke Mader, R.Dudrah, Bernhard Fuchs eds. (2015) Shah Rukh Khan and Global Bollywood. Oxford and New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Stanley Thangaraj, Daniel Burdsey and R.Dudrah eds. (April 2014) Sport and South Asian Diasporas: Playing Through Time and Space. London and New York: Routledge.

P.Joshi and R.Dudrah eds. (Feb 2014) The 1970s and its Legacies in India’s Cinemas.  London and New York: Routledge.

R. Dudrah, Sangita Gopal, Amit Rai and Anustup Basu eds. (2012) InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen.  London and New York: Routledge.

Lucia Nagib, Christopher Perriam and R. Dudrah, eds. (2011) Theorising World Cinema.  London: IB Tauris.

Sara Dickey and R. Dudrah eds. (2011) South Asian Cinemas: Widening the Lens.  London and New York: Routledge.

R. Dudrah and J. Desai eds. (2008) The Bollywood Reader. Berkshire and New York: Open University Press.


R. Dudrah (forthcoming Sept 2016) ‘Fashion and the Body – British Bhangra Style’, Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, vol. 13, number 3.

R. Dudrah (2015) ’Reading The Stuart Hall Project’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, vol. 12, number 3, pp.383-401.

R. Dudrah (2015) ‘Representing Heterosexual Romance, Whiteness and Place in the film Notting Hill’, Media Education Journal, vol. 56, pp.3-9.

R. Dudrah (2011) 'British Bhangra Music as Soundscapes of the Midlands', Midland History, vol. 36, number 2, pp. 278-291.

R. Dudrah and M. Dick (2011) ‘Ethnic Community Histories in the Midlands’, Midland History, vol. 36, number 2, pp.143-148.

R. Dudrah (2010) ‘Haptic Urban Ethnoscapes: Representation, Diasporic Media and Urban Cultural Landscapes ’, Journal of Media Practice, vol.11, number 1, pp. 31-46.

R. Dudrah and S. Dickey (2010) ‘South Asian Cinemas’, South Asian Popular Culture, vol. 8, number 3, pp. 207-212.

R. Dudrah (2005) ‘Zee TV: Diasporic Non-Terrestrial Television in Europe’, South Asian Popular Culture, vol. 3, no.1, pp.33-47.

R. Dudrah and A. Rai (2005) ‘The Haptic Codes of Bollywood Cinema in New York City’, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 143-158.

R. Dudrah (2004) 'Diasporicity in the City of Portsmouth (UK): Local and Global Connections of Black Britishness', Sociological Research Online, Vol.9 , On-line Journal.

R. Dudrah (2002) ‘Vilayati Bollywood: Popular Hindi Cinema-Going and Diasporic South Asian Identity in Birmingham (UK)’, Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 19-36.  

R. Dudrah (2002) ‘Drum N Dhol: British Bhangra Music and Diasporic South Asian Identity Formation’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 5, 3, pp. 363-383.

R. Dudrah (2002) ‘Zee TV-Europe and the Construction of a pan-European South Asian Identity’, Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 163-181.

R. Dudrah (2002) 'Cultural Production in the British Bhangra Music Industry: Music-Making, Locality, and Gender ', International Journal of Punjab Studies, Vol.9, pp. 219 – 251.

R. Dudrah (2002) 'British Bhangra Music and the Battle of Brit Pop - South Asian Cultural Identity and Cultural Politics in Urban Britain ', Migration: A European Journal of International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Vol.39/40/41, pp. 174 – 193.

R. Dudrah (2002) ‘Birmingham(UK): Constructing City Spaces through Black Popular Cultures and the Black Public Sphere’, City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 6, 3, pp. 335-350.

Journal Editorships

Malcolm Dick and R. Dudrah eds. (2011) Midland History, vol.36, number 2. Special peer reviewed issue on Ethnic Community Histories in the Midlands.

R. Dudrah and A. Marcus (Guest editors 2007) Film Studies: An International Review, issue 11, Winter, Manchester University Press. Special issue on ‘Sex and the City’. 

R. Dudrah (April 2003 - Present) Founder and co-editor of South Asian Popular Culture, London: Routledge.


R. Dudrah (2015) ‘Unthinking SRK and Global Bollywood’ in Shah Rukh Khan and Global Bollywood, ed. Rajinder Dudrah, Elke Mader & Bernhard Fuchs. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-24.

R. Dudrah (2014) ‘The Retro Noughties: 1970s Hindi Films in 2000s Bollywood Cinema’ in P. Joshi and R. Dudrah eds. The 1970s and its Legacies in India's Cinemas. London: Routledge, pp.101-119.

R. Dudrah (2011) ‘Beyond World Cinema? The Dialectics of Black British Diasporic Cinema’ in Lucia Nagib, Christopher Perriam and R. Dudrah eds.Theorising World Cinema.  London: IB Tauris, pp. 113-128.

R. Dudrah. L. Nagib and C.Perriam (2011) ‘Introduction: Theorising World Cinema’ in L. Nagib, C. Perriam and R. Dudrah eds. Theorising World Cinema.  London: IB Tauris, pp. xvii – xxxii.

R. Dudrah (2010) ‘The Media and British Asian Fashion’ in Christopher Breward, Phil Crang & Rosemary Crill eds. British Asian Style. South Asian Textiles and British Fashion, Past and Present.  London: Victoria & Albert Museum Publishing, pp. 136-145.

R. Dudrah and J. Desai (2008) ‘The Essential Bollywood’ in R. Dudrah and J/Desai eds. The Bollywood Reader.  Berkshire and New York: Open University Press pp. 1-17.

R. Dudrah (2008) ‘Borders and Border Crossings in Contemporary Bollywood Cinema’, in Mennakshi Bharat and Nirmal Kumar eds. Filming the Line of Control: The Indo-Pak Relationship through the Cinematic Lens.  New Delhi and London: Routledge. pp. 40-55.

R. Dudrah (2008) 'Queer as Desis: Secret Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Bollywood Films in Diasporic Urban Ethnoscapes', Global Bollywood. Travels of Hindi Song and Dance, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, USA, pp. 288-307.

R. Dudrah (2006) 'Popular Culture', The Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, pp. 101-107.

R. Dudrah and H. Tyrrell (2006) 'Music in the Bollywood Film' in Estella Tincknell ed. Film's Musical Moments. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press. pp. 195-208.


R. Dudrah, Bollywood Stills, Contact Theatre, 28 November 2008 28.

R. Dudrah, Celebrating Indian Cinema, National Media Museum, 08 June 2007 08. 

R. Dudrah, Soho Road to the Punjab Bhangra Exhibition, Brunei Gallery, 01 July 2007 01.

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Contact Details

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL

0161 2753964