Month: May 2017

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Becoming an Unsuitable Girl by Prachi Gupta As a result, arranged marriages were a part of my cultural upbringing that I mostly put out of my mind until I saw A Suitable Girl, a documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. The film—directed, produced and edited by a team of almost exclusively women… Read More ›

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A long day at the end of a long week. I think I’m just going to listen to “Chammak Challo” for 8 hours while at work.

“Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008)

“Remediation,” as defined by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, is the idea that new media achieves cultural significance by referring to and building on old media. One form of art or culture as reflected through another. Consider something like a vine, which combines gifs, memes, video, and thus photography, painting, stage productions. . …. Read More ›

Review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

The living room is fairly spacious, taking up half of the bottom floor of the house. The walls are a sweet light blue, with a dark blue set of loveseat, sofa, and ottoman. The TV stand and coffee table are a matching light blonde wood: Ikea. Some old black TV trays are covered in papers… Read More ›

New Ads One Day Maybe Please?

Watch a video from Eros Entertainment on YouTube, and you will first be treated to an ad featuring Salman Khan. You can watch all of his hits on your computer or mobile device! And other hits! Look at all these movies, oh, and look at Khan, too! Pragmatically, I’m tired of hearing the same commercial… Read More ›

“Tattad Tattad” (Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, 2013)

“Tattad Tattad” is my platonic ideal of an item number: catchy, fun, a performance by a gorgeous actor, colorful visuals. Because this is a male item number, the focus is on Ranveer Singh’s desirability and coolness. But he owns that desire. All eyes on him because that’s what he wants; he has the power to… Read More ›

Review: Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)

“I don’t want to be your duty, I want to be your joy.” Popular culture, traditional culture, the media, all tell us it so important to have a heterosexual romantic relationship, especially a marriage. Love, of a specific sort, will fulfill us, sustain us. For all the complexity in the world, there is but one… Read More ›

Fanfic Friday: Om Shanti Om

Shanti Priya pounded on the locked door as the flames grew around her. Om appeared at the window, trying desperately to break the glass. Suddenly, a perfect moment: the door and window were just hot enough to bend and break. Shanti tumbled out. The moment ended and the building exploded. Shanti came to, surprised to… Read More ›

“Girls Like to Swing” (Dil Dhadakne Do, 2015)

The YouTube thumbnail for “Girls Like to Swing” shows Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma smiling into the camera, beckoning the viewer to join them. The camera is tight on their faces, and Sharma’s hand rests on Chopra’s shoulder. Chopra is cool, as always; Sharma looks inviting. The shot seems to tell two stories: the first… Read More ›

Review: Cocktail (2012)

For your convenience, I have transcribed all of my notes: Open with flight safety instructions. . .first shot is the flight attendant’s feet in heels and a man leaning out of his seat to ogle. She looks angry. He hits “call button.” She rolls her eyes. He flirts with her. Ugh, no. [They have sex.]… Read More ›

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