Month: August 2017

“Why Were We Untouchables?” An Indian author’s quest to understand her country’s entrenched and debilitating caste system—and her family’s place in it.

[Sujatha] Gidla tells numerous stories of the ways in which her parents were discriminated against, isolated, and humiliated, even though they managed to become college teachers and lead more of a middle-class existence. One of her uncles became a guerilla fighter and activist. This all led to Gidla’s own activism, which landed her in jail… Read More ›

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 ›

Snuggles and Straps and Silence

There is a high likelihood that women will snuggle, giggle, squeal, and sob, relative to men. Conversely, men are more likely to strap, gallop, shoot, howl, and kill. “She Giggles, He Gallops: Analyzing gender tropes in film with screen direction from 2,000 scripts.” By Julia Silge + Russell Goldenberg Amber Thomas Hanah Anderson The Pudding,… Read More ›

A Gentleman's movie poster

Review: A Gentleman (2017)

A Gentleman asks its male lead: What do you want? He replies: someone to love, children, a house, a minivan, a family. A Gentleman asks its female lead: What do you want? She replies: A bad boy, to drive fast. A Gentleman reminds me, once again, that I cannot enjoy a movie without qualifying it…. Read More ›

Film Friday: “This is What LGBT Life is Like Around the World”

“Tooh” (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, 2013)

Despite opening with Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor in beautiful wedding clothes, the lyrics start over playing over wiggling asses. But then a man is revealed to be the singer! Hilarious! He walks down the dance floor, women on either side, putting to their hips. Some older women start dancing, but don’t worry, Kapoor quickly… Read More ›

Ragini MMS poster

Review: Ragini MMS (2011)

Horror movies are particularly difficult to analyze. They often punish vices like premarital sex, but also often present a young woman who is resourceful and brave. But her reward, that is her life, is because she is pure and avoids those vices. She gets to live because she followed a specific and severe set of… Read More ›

Rang De Basanti movie poster

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 ›

Anushka Sharma in Jab Harry Met Sejal

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 ›

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