Removing the burka off the lipstick

These days I keep on coming across movies being praised to the skies solely for centering around female characters helmed by a female director. Some of the critics seem to get so overwhelmed by the popular understanding of feminism that they are more than willing to skip reviewing the movie on its merits. Owing to…

Dulquer Salman’s evolution to becoming an icon of road safety

Can you guess what is common between Sholay and Bobby? Apart from the fact that both came out in the 70s, they both had iconic scenes comprising two-wheelers. Helmets had not yet made an appearance in mainstream Hindi cinema. Things weren’t very different in the U.S. either as can be gauged from Top Gun and…

Revisiting the White Revolution through Manthan

Guess what is that one thing you, your parents, and even grandparents can identify with? Yes! It’s a hard one. Isn’t it? The answer is the Amul girl. Not only is she recognized anywhere and everywhere in India but has aged rather gracefully whereas her contemporaries have retired long back. With her charm, she has…

Mainstream Morality: Portrayal of abortion on screen

Article 14 and 21 are the cornerstones of the Indian Constitution under which over the years various inalienable facets of human rights have been upheld. India is also a signatory to numerous international conventions, such as; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1976; the…

Happy New Year! Welcome 2021 with Tu Hai Mera Sunday

It has been a rather hard year for all of us. Pause for a second and look back at all the challenges 2020 threw at you unexpectedly; learning to not only cook but do the dishes, sweeping and mopping the floor on alternate days, doing laundry judiciously, grocery shopping to cater for weeks together, working…