Bollywood through a feminist lens

Month: August 2017

Review: Rang de Basanti (2006)

Quick review: rang de Basanti is a beautiful, moving film about how easy it can be to ignore the past and the importance of revolution. Only watch it if you are in the mood to cry for about three days. Long review: The film reminds us how quickly history is forgotten. Sue (Alice Patten) is… Read More ›

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 ›

Laila Main Laila (Raees, 2017)

What do item numbers do best? Push boundaries. Combine styles. The music is an updated version of “Laila O Laila” from 1980’s Qurbani. The music is a bit faster, more electronic and processed (the original is more disco-influenced). The editing is full of fast cuts. Shahrukh Khan stalks through the scene in sunglasses, watching the… Read More ›

Review: Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)

A few hours before watching Jab Harry Met Sejal, I happened to watch the 2017 live-action Ghost in the Shell. As that movie ends, a voiceover tells us, “Our memories don’t define us. Our actions do.” This idea was running through my head as I watched Jab Harry. . ., which instead argues that our… Read More ›

Fanfic Friday: Magic the Gathering

My fancast for Magic: The Gathering.  (Check out my Bollywood Cube here and here.) Rani Mukerji as Liliana Vess Ranbir Kapoor as Jace Beleran Alia Bhatt as Nissa Revane Kangana Ranaut as Chandra Nalaar Ranveer Singh as Gideon Jura

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