“Is it time to bury the item song? The answer can only be yes”

The skewed gender politics of the average item song, in which a woman performs for a group of men, is a reflection of the Hindi film industry’s culture of normalising sexual abuse and the careless […]

Sexual Harassment in Bollywood

Women are speaking up and speaking out against harassment, misconduct, and mistreatment in the Indian film industry. Sexual harassment allegations pour in against many members of the media fraternity. Scroll.in Ganesh Acharya, Tanushree Dutta And […]

Review: Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016)

I really enjoyed Kahaani, so I’ve been looking forward to the sequel. I wanted to savor it, to save it for the right day. The right mindset, when I could appreciate its violence and thriller-ness. Today, […]

The Daily Fix: Tanushree Dutta’s charges are a reminder film sets must follow sexual harassment laws

Dutta’s story conjures up the life of the film set, where ideas of artistic licence have often bled into sexual licence which is non-consensual or inflected by unequal power dynamics. . . . . Bollywood’s […]

Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu (2011)

Tanu Weds Manu has been on my list forever, so I was excited to sit down and watch it. And I didn’t like it. Which is a bummer, both because of my anticipation and because […]

“Inhi Logon Le Leena Dupatta Mera” (Various)

My friend loves Pakeezah, so I thought I’d cover the famous item number from it, “Inhi Logon Le Leena Dupatta Mera.” During the course of research, I found this wonderful article from Scroll.in, “Was the famous ‘Pakeezah’ […]