Month: January 2018

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“Koi Ladka Hai Jab” (Dil Toh Pagal Hai, 1997)

Earlier this week, “Koi Ladka Hai Jab” randomly entered my head and hasn’t left. So hey, I can write about it! Despite its commercial success and the popularity of its soundtrack, Dil Toh Pagal Hai has slipped from the public consciousness. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai came out a year later and consumed the 1990s, especially… Read More ›

Review: Beyond Bollywood (2013)

The documentary Beyond Bollywood provides a brief look at the lives of people who help make the film industry run. Pooja is a backup dancer who aspires to more. Harry is a white Australian who is not quite sure why he’s in film. Premji leads a workers’ union and fights for their rights. And Ojas… Read More ›

Strong Female Characters

Let us start at the top. Her hair is beautiful, full and shiny. Often it flows past her shoulders. It is an outward symbol of her inner turmoil; a change in hair is a change in emotion. Her eyes are large. They may occasionally tear, but she never cries. She may suffer just one cathartic… Read More ›

“The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films of 2017”

In 2017, women comprised 18% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. This represents an increase of 1 percentage point from 17% in 2016 and is virtually unchanged from the percentage achieved in 1998. . . . Last year, only 1% of films employed… Read More ›

Review: The Indian Detective, Episode 1

Netflix original The Indian Detective is fine: convoluted storylines, cheesy puns, frenetic editing, and a fascinating undercurrent about identity and ambition. The premise is fun and unique: a Canadian police officer (Russell Peters, also a Canadian of Indian descent) visits his father (Anupam Kher) in Mumbai. He quickly becomes embroiled in several local and international… Read More ›

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Sorry for the erratic posts, I’ve been dealing with some health issues. I’m looking forward to a 2018 full of feminism and Bollywood movies!

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