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In this section, find analysis of Indian feminist cinema, listicles and reviews of movies and films by Feminism in India.

A Feminist Reading Of Dear Zindagi

A Feminist Reading Of Dear Zindagi

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 As Depicted In Films

Image-Based Sexual Abuse, Or Revenge Porn As Depicted In Films

Image-based sexual abuse, or revenge porn is not just a remote possibility now; reports of it are emerging from across India.

A Feminist Reading Of Sita Sings The Blues

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.”
The poster for Ae Dil hai Mushkil, with Anushka Sharma and Ranbir kapoor on the left side of the picture and Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai on the right side. The words Ae Dil Hai mushkil: Male Entitlement is written on the poster

A Feminist Reading Of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: To Watch Or Not To Watch

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.
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Where is the Woman’s Voice? Sexism in Hindi Film Music

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.
Review: The World Before Her

Film Review: The World Before Her

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.
Why No Chuddy Buddies For Women In Bollywood?

Why No Chuddy Buddies For Women In Bollywood?

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?
Film Review: Parched, Of Women Thirsting For More

Film Review: Parched, Of Women Thirsting For More

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.
A Feminist Reading Of 'Pink'

A Feminist Reading Of ‘Pink’

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 Films

Baar Baar Dekho Gets Added To The List Of Ever-So Annoying Bollywood Films

'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.

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Pictures From 30+ #IWillGoOut Marches In Various Cities And Towns Of India

Pictures From 30+ #IWillGoOut Marches In Various Cities And Towns Of India

Crowds in hundreds gathered in about 30 cities and towns of India to come together for #IWillGoOut marches.
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What Women Want! Protest Marches By Women In India And USA On January 21

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Why Women In India Are Marching On January 21? #IWillGoOut

Why Women In India Are Marching On January 21? #IWillGoOut

As women from a dozen cities prepare for a nation-wide march triggered by the appalling stories of mass molestation in Bengaluru, we protest not only the right of a woman to loiter in public, but also the impunity with which they are seen as “fair game” when they choose to own the streets. #IWillGoOut