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Ayushmita Samal

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Ayushmita is a gender and sexuality educator, an amateur researcher, and a Freelance Consultant with an interest in Policy and Development with a gendered approach. She carries a notebook each time she goes to the movies, to jot down all the problematic instances of the film she can rant about later. She is a plant mother and contrary to popular belief, naming plants does not mean she is a loner.

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Film Review: Biriyani - A Gripping Take On The Life Of Muslim Women In Kerala

Film Review: Biriyani – A Gripping Take On The Life Of Muslim Women In...

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Biriyani, screened at the 11th Indian Film Festival, Bhubaneshwar, is a stark reminder of the relative, and absolute position of a woman, within the Muslim samajam, society in Kerala today.
The 'Aunty' Body And All That Follows

The ‘Aunty’ Body And All That Follows

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In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
Kani Kusruti: Setting The Bar High With Acting And Politics Around Body & Representation

Kani Kusruti: Setting The Bar High With Acting And Politics Around Body & Representation

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In Biriyaani, Kani Kusruti plays the character of Khadeeja, who is in a loveless marriage with an older man and is battling the stigma around the identity of a Muslim woman in India.

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Anaahat (2003): Niyog Pratha & Women’s Sexual Freedom In Amol Palekar’s Film

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