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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Saraswati Datar


Will Pushpa, KGF 2, RRR’s mega-success bring back casual sexism, toxicity in cinema?
Wed, May 04, 2022

What is common to Pushpa The Rise, KGF and RRR is a return to regressive tropes that Bollywood has been struggling to leave behind.

4 women, 4 stories: Breaking through the barriers, within and without
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

Filmmaker Arati Kadav, composer Alokananda Dasgupta, director Leena Manimekalai, comic Sumukhi Suresh on being a part of BAFTA Breakthrough India and their journey in the entertainment industry.

Fame Game to Aranyak: Why successful women are depicted as cautionary tales on screen
Tue, Mar 08, 2022

Whether it’s The Fame Game, Human, Aranyak, Bombay Begums, or even international films and shows like The Devil Wears Prada, How to get away with Murder, and The Intern; a successful woman is never allowed to truly enjoy her achievements.

Now Stree-ming: Sumukhi Suresh – Funny, fearless and fabulous
Thu, Dec 09, 2021

Sumukhi Suresh talks about her brand-new company Motormouth, why there will be no Season 3 of Pushpavalli and her dream of becoming India’s Shonda Rhimes.

Meenakshi Sundareshwar is an inauthentic, stereotypical take on Tamil culture. So, what’s new?
Thu, Nov 11, 2021

Meenakshi Sundareshwar showcases South Indians from a Bollywood lens and gets most of it wrong. It joins a long list of culturally inauthentic films, brought to you by the Hindi cinema.

Dabur ad controversy: You can either glow with pride or bleach the rainbow
Sun, Oct 31, 2021

Instead of engaging in a debate about why Dabur's Karva Chauth ad was considered offensive by some, the brand was attacked for deliberately offending Hindu sentiments.

Aryan Khan and the endless trolling: Our dysfunctional relationship with Bollywood stars and their stardom
Thu, Oct 21, 2021

There was an assumption of Aryan Khan's guilt and a lot of moral grandstanding about how the supposedly rich brat and his cronies had it coming. The now standard vitriol against star kids and their parents was regurgitated and savoured.

Being Neena Gupta: ‘Whether I am a vamp, sati savitri or dharmic character, it doesn’t matter’
Fri, Aug 06, 2021

As Neena Gupta makes our skin crawl in Dial 100 trailer, here’s looking at the bindaas actor and the mountains she wants to climb next. Spoiler alert: She wants to play a cop.

Hum shaadi kar chuke sanam: Why Bollywood insists women see rab in men they are married to?
Sun, Aug 01, 2021

In so many Bollywood films over the years, the girl falling in love is just Act 1 of the story. It’s marriage that finally forces her to come of age.

Are OTT shows using love, sex and dhokha as a safe bet?
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Amidst the many shining moments and clutter breaking content we have seen in the past, there seemed to be a growing trend of making shows that kept falling back on the themes of love, sex and dhokha.

From Permanent Roommates to Delhi Crime, Rasika Dugal charts her own course: Now Stree-ming
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

Rasika Dugal has been a part of web series like Mirzapur, Out of Love, Delhi Crime, Made in Heaven and short films like Chutney.

Shefali Shah’s best is yet to be: Now Stree-ming
Sun, May 16, 2021

It’s amazing how after spending almost two decades in the business, filmmakers and audiences are truly realising Shefali Shah’s immense potential now.

Carry on Carry: How Ajey Nagar turned into YouTube sensation CarryMinati
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

As YouTuber Carry Minati makes his debut as a playback singer in The Big Bull, we talk to the rapper, singer, gaming and roasting specialist.

Now Stree-ming: From Pagglait to Permanent Roommates, Sheeba Chaddha on her brave new journey
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

Meet women actors who have been giving us some amazing performances in films and series on OTT platforms in our new series Now Stree-ming, beginning with the very talented Sheeba Chaddha.

For viral sensation Yashraj Mukhate, abhi to party shuru hui hai
Tue, Mar 09, 2021

For Yashraj Mukhate, who now has almost 4.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, the journey to fulfil his musical aspirations has just begun.

Test of time: To the Hindi film heroes, I once loved
Tue, Feb 16, 2021

From Shah Rukh Khan's Raj to Salman Khan's Prem, here's looking at which of the popular heroes of 90s and the Noughties would fare today.

5 sexist dialogues that need a bidaai from all screenwriter’s manuals this year
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

These often-used dialogues are a constant reminder of just how deeply patriarchy and its practices have seeped into our social structures and our thought processes.

Bhuvan Bam: YouTuber, musician, celebrity next door
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

Bhuvan Bam’s videos often feature him playing over 19 different people, each with their own look, quirks and style of speaking. Characters like Bhanchoddas, Sameer Fuddi, and of course Titu Mama have become very popular.

Out of one box into another: Are women in OTT space in danger of being stereotyped?
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

Rape, murder or child sexual abuse cannot become a convenient backstory device to explain away a woman’s mental or physical health issues, or to make her interesting/edgy enough to be engaging.

Kasauti Hindi GEC Ki: Why do Hindi TV shows remain stuck in a time warp of mediocrity?
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Why is it impossible to imagine a show that can be engaging without pandering to the same sexist stereotypes or glorifying suffering as a means of ennoblement for women?