Tag: feminist bollywood

Review: Albela (1951)

What do we owe to each other? Albela takes the answer(s) for granted, but the issue is not so simple. Albela is a light comedy about a man, Pyare (Bhagwan), achieving his dreams of becoming a […]

“Single Rehne De” (Simran, 2017)

Full disclosure: I have an acquaintance who worked on this film. We’re facebook friends but haven’t spoken since high school. I wanted to see this movie because she worked on it (and it’s partly set […]

Review: Ungli (2014)

The law, no matter how well intended, protects the powerful. Bribes can get around it, and who can afford bribes? Excellent lawyers can get around it, and who can afford those lawyers? And add to […]

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Review: Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017)

A few hours before watching Jab Harry Met Sejal, I happened to watch the 2017 live-action Ghost in the Shell. As that movie ends, a voiceover tells us, “Our memories don’t define us. Our actions […]

“Ladna Jhagadna” (Duplicate, 1998)

“Keh Rahi Hai” is set in a nightclub and features a man dancing with a snake. Yet it’s a rather boring item number: the gangster’s girlfriend dances in skimpy clothes, and eventually he joins her […]

“Tattad Tattad” (Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, 2013)

“Tattad Tattad” is my platonic ideal of an item number: catchy, fun, a performance by a gorgeous actor, colorful visuals. Because this is a male item number, the focus is on Ranveer Singh’s desirability and […]

Review: Lahu ke Do Rang (1979)

So that is where all of the women are: the 1970s. Well, we are used to being left behind. Lahu ke Do Rang is about two brothers finding each other and avenging their father. To […]