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Beyond Karan Johar And The Politics Of Barbed Wire

Beyond Karan Johar And The Politics Of Barbed Wire

  American satirist Sarah Silverman recently sat down with New Yorker’s editor Andy Borowitz  and said that Trump was infact a mirror of a section of the American society that believes in the xenophobic, narrow version of American nationalism. A nationalism that hates, excludes and wants to always be ‘Number One.” In what she asked, […]






Tannishtha Chatterjee Is Every Woman Who Won’t Fit in

Tannishtha Chatterjee Is Every Woman Who Won’t Fit in

Don’t be surprised by Prem Chopra ji gaslighting Tannishtha Chatterjee and telling her that her rage doesn’t count just because he did not get offended when he was called bald on Comedy Nights Bachao. Yes, she and her dark skin need the publicity, Mr Chopra doesn’t. Also please do not be surprised by the Pink […]






Dharamshala International Film Festival Opens Registrations

Dharamshala International Film Festival Opens Registrations

  A Paradise for travel and film buffs, DIFF 2016 which will be held from 3-6 November in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala also gets a new look and venue. Among other highlights, docu features-A Syrian Love Story by British director Sean McAllister, the Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s much-lauded Sonita, and fiction features -Thailand’s first female […]






Pink: When Men Speak For Women

Pink: When Men Speak For Women

Poet Majaz Lakhnawi wrote once, “Yeh tera zard rukh yeh khushk lab yeh waham, yeh wahshat.. Tu apne sar se yeh baadal hata leti to accha tha.. Tere maathe pe yeh aanchal bahot hi khoob hai lekin.. Tu is aanchal se ek parcham bana leti to accha tha..” (Your pale face, your parched lips..these doubts..this […]






Why Mr Bachchan No Longer Rings True  

Why Mr Bachchan No Longer Rings True  

No, there is no real evidence that Mr Bachchan’s daughter-in-law had to marry a tree before she could marry his son but a gentlemanly, deep-seated patriarchy has long been a part of who he is. Many years ago, on Karan Johar’s talk show, he expressed his sincere admiration and absolute respect for Kajol because she […]






When Misogyny Is Not Just Male

When Misogyny Is Not Just Male

Internet sensation Ssumier S Pasricha’s recent video about Pammi aunty mocking a dark, overweight woman at a Teej function evoked mixed reactions. Was he mocking, dark and overweight women? Or was he mocking the women who mock them? If you watch his videos closely, every little narrative is about a woman deriding another woman, establishing the […]






The Unaccountable Frat Brothers of Bollywood

The Unaccountable Frat Brothers of Bollywood

While channel surfing a few days back, I saw Mika Singh punning upon Diana Penty’s surname and adding to good effect, “And Mika Kaccha!” I guarantee that you will not hear anyone in the film fraternity rising up in instinctive disgust over this comment just as most of them kept quiet when Salman Khan rose […]






We Are The Reason Why Shobha De Is Still Relevant

We Are The Reason Why Shobha De Is Still Relevant

Let us not blame Shobha De for her arrogance. And keep name calling out of this issue. Let us first blame ourselves because we have never questioned her self-appointed and media facilitated role as one of the nation’s foremost opinion mongers. The fact that we have never questioned her credentials when she  is invited to […]






Naseeruddin Shah: The Working Actor

Naseeruddin Shah: The Working Actor

Naseeruddin Shah is a national treasure but he never set out to be one. His ambitions differ from most actors who come into the industry fuelled by nepotism on steroids. When we talk about outsiders making it big on their own terms in Hindi cinema, let us please start the conversation with the likes of […]






While The Soap Queens Gently Weep

While The Soap Queens Gently Weep

I caught a glimpse of a serial on television the other day. This was the scene – a blind wife throws herself at the husband’s feet begging to be allowed to stay with him. Her disability is seen as a major hindrance that prevents her from doing her wifely duties and chores. Well-wishers urge the […]






Salman Khan: Analogies And Apologies

Salman Khan: Analogies And Apologies

Garv: Pride and Honour was a movie Salman Khan starred in 2004. The film was about how the righteous brother and upright cop played by Salman avenges the rape of his sister. We will get to the irony of that theme later but this film directed by Puneet Issar was insufferable, tacky and turned rape into, like […]






Why Punjab Cannot Soar anymore

Why Punjab Cannot Soar anymore

One of the reasons given to explain the bleeding cuts inflicted on  Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab is that Shahid Kapoor’s Tommy ‘Gabru’ Singh swears when drugged and even when sober! The problem with  the film however is not profanity or vulgarity. In any case, the current  head of the Central Board of Film Certification of India, Pahlaj Nihalani’s […]






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