Month: December 2017

Review: Raja, Rasoi, aur Anya Kahaniyan, Episode 1 (2014)

“Is cooking too stereotypical?” I wondered. After all, I enjoy cooking now but eschewed it while I was growing up because it’s girls’ stuff. “Where are all the women?” I wondered, as I watched the […]

“Aata hai aata hai saantaaclose aata hai” (Shandaar, 1974)

A little girl dreams of Santa. He sings and dances, flanked by children and children dressed as angels. He hands out presents as it snows. He sings about himself to the tune of “Jingle Bells.” […]

“Hum bhi agar bachche hote” (Door Ki Awaaz, 1964)

Note: This is not an item number by any stretch. It is a children’s song. But it is my birthday and I couldn’t find any good item numbers to write about. “Hum bhi agar bachche […]

Review: Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Episode 1 (2015)

They are often in just half-light, faces highlighted by dark shadow and lanterns. They are mannered, stiff, the blocking stagey like a play, not a television show or movie. Tagore’s original stories span the 1890s […]

Xmas Tree by Bollywood Santa (2014/2015)

Though Bollywood doesn’t shy away from using Christian iconography or featuring Christian characters, few films focus on Christian holidays or themes. Indeed, while plenty of films have explored Hinduism and Islam, and their conflicts and […]

Review: Kahaani (2012)

Vidya (Vidya Balan) moves slowly in the world of men. Her large pregnant belly requires she take up space they don’t want to cede. Taxi drivers and police tell her she should be at home, […]