NPR: “Feminist Films Push Boundaries In India”

September 18, 2017 • Uncategorized

“Patriarchy is alive and kicking,” says director [Alankrita] Shrivastava, curled up on a couch in her office in Mumbai. Shrivastava, 37, says the censor board’s refusal to release the film in India means it has “no idea about the fact that women and men have equal rights in this country. It makes me feel like… Read More ›

Movie Reviews »

Review: Ragini MMS 2 (2014)


As a companion piece to its predecessor, Ragini MMS 2 is fascinating. As a stand-alone movie, it suffers an identity crisis. Following the original film’s found footage premise, this sequel follows a production that is making a fictionalized version of the original, “real” movie. The original is serious and straight-forward, but the sequel mixes comedy,… Read More ›

Item Numbers »

“Babuji Dheere Chalna” (Aar Paar, 1954)


When I looked up “item numbers” on Wikipedia, the page included a list of songs; “Babuji Dheere Chalna” was the oldest on the list. The sequence includes many elements we associate with item numbers: a nightclub, a stern hero watching from the audience, a beautiful dancing woman. Considering how subversive item numbers can be, it’s… Read More ›

Fanfic Friday »

Fanfic Friday: Jab Harry Met Sejal


Okay, this is more of a fan canon than a fan fiction. Harry enjoys reconnecting with his family, friends, and village. Sejal enjoys his joy and happiness, and is welcomed by the community. But she soon becomes restless; after all, she had been a lawyer and enjoyed international adventures. Harry, too, realizes that farming is… Read More ›

Personal Essay »

On Learning New Things


I started this website because I wanted to write about Bollywood. I wanted to share my love, annoyance, disappointment, and hopes. Fear held me back from getting my thoughts out there, and it still does. Who am I? If this is such a good idea, why isn’t someone else doing it? But if we have… Read More ›

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