All posts by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

Is It Feminist?

Is it feminist? Who does it benefit? Whose purpose is served? One could argue that applying a label like “feminist” to any piece of pop culture or a consumer good is foolish, since generally those […]

Happy International Women’s Day! Female Indian Authors

Varsha Adalja (born 1940), Gujarati novelist, playwright Smita Agarwal (born 1958), poet, educator Meena Alexander (born 1951), poet, memoirist, essayist, novelist, critic, educator Samina Ali, contemporary Indian-American novelist, feminist, author of Madras on Rainy Days Balamani Amma (1909–2004), poet, published […]

Happy International Women’s Day! Female Indian Screenwriters

Madhureeta Anand Anu Menon Umarji Anuradha Aruna Raje Shubhavi Arya Nupur Asthana Madhuri Banerjee Shibani Bathija Aswathi Thirunal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi Navnindra Behl Devika Bhagat Manu Bhandari Radha Bharadwaj Shonali Bose Kamna Chandra Shoba Chandrasekhar […]

Who Watches Movies, and How

Despite the massive size of the Indian film industry, fewer than 4% of Indians regularly go to the movies due to cost, access, and safety issues.15 The cost of seeing a film in the theater […]

Female Representation in Indian Film

Kangana Ranaut’s “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is the first female-led Bollywood film to earn over Rs100 crore. Anushka Sharma’s “NH10” and Deepika Padukone’s “Piku” also did well at the Indian box office. However, women remain […]

100 Women: How Hollywood fails women on screen

Fewer than half of the 89 films named best picture at the Oscars have passed a common measure of on-screen female representation known as the Bechdel Test. A movie passes the Bechdel Test if there […]

5 Indian Women Screenwriters Who Wrote Interesting Films In 2017

Though quite a few ‘women centric’ films like Lipstick Under My Burkha, Secret Superstar and Tumhari Sulu have done well, a lot of these films are written and directed by men. Shifting the focus to female writers and the work […]