Where is Mom? Motherhood in Contemporary Bollywood Movies

My mother introduced me to film, both Hollywood and Bollywood. She patiently sat through countless terrible children’s movies, she slowly introduced me to good cinema. She insisted on staying through the credits. Ma loved pop […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]