Category: Bollywood Adjacent

“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 […]

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 […]

“Billi” (Na Maloom Afraad, 2014)

To celebrate adopting two more cats, I wanted to write about an item song with “billi” in the name. This was the only one I could find. But that’s cool, I haven’t seen many movies […]

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Review: Shakespeare Wallah (1965)

Directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismael Merchant, and written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Shakespeare Wallah follows a family of white English actors who travel post-colonial India, performing Shakespeare’s plays to dwindling audiences. While the […]

“Jai Ho” (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008)

“Remediation,” as defined by Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, is the idea that new media achieves cultural significance by referring to and building on old media. One form of art or culture as reflected […]

Review: xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

The living room is fairly spacious, taking up half of the bottom floor of the house. The walls are a sweet light blue, with a dark blue set of loveseat, sofa, and ottoman. The TV […]