Dear Zindagi is a film of our times about Kaira (Alia Bhatt) leading a life on her own terms and trying to cope with the difficulties that arise due to not conforming to a more traditional gender role, including working a fixed-salaried job, getting married, not expressing opinions before elders and being with a single partner for life.
Image-based sexual abuse, or revenge porn is not just a remote possibility now; reports of it are emerging from across India.
Nina Paley created the unapologetically quirky, irreverent, and unconventionally animated film Sita Sings the Blues after her own divorce from her husband. She saw in the tale of Ramayana, which the film juxtaposes with the story of Nina’s own divorce, “the greatest break-up story ever told.”
Karan Johar shows that indeed ladka and ladki can be friends, as long as ladki is in mortal danger, ladka has been refused enough times, he understands no means no, and doesn’t have to deal with rejection longer than a few months at a time.
Hindi film music is inextricably linked to our everyday lives. We’ve grown up listening to songs as our anthems, lip synced to lyrics when we were alone, danced to them in front of our mirrors, and silently hoping our real lives would be as musical and fantastical as the movies made them out to be.
The World Before Her: How easy is it to label something as ‘liberal’ or ‘regressive’? Most times, it isn’t clear as one would hope.
What are the possible reasons for our mainstream cinema to still refuse to acknowledge relationships women can have outside of their love interests or families?
Parched is a story of four ordinary women Rani, Lajjo, Bijli and Janaki set in a patriarchal village of Rajasthan, who unapologetically talk about love, men, sex and their lives.
Pink, however not flawless, is an important film, not only because it deals with an important issue of victim-blaming, but is also somewhere breaks conventions and reinforcements of mainstream cinema in a lot of ways.
'Baar Baar Dekho' gets added to the list of ever-so annoying Bollywood movies, taking pride in duplicating stereotypes and worsening the case for a gender-just world.