Meena Kumari pioneered the portrayal of feminine anguish and sorrow, earning her the title of 'Tragedy Queen of Bollywood'.
Shifting from the assumption that it's always men who are storytellers, here’s a list of some Indian women cinematographers and their works.
In Dangal, nationalism takes over feminism and women's agency gets lost in the name of "women's empowerment".
More than half the Tamil movies I watched had extremely light-skinned women from the North playing the roles of 'typical' Tamil women.
Padmavati must carry the insecurities of patriarchal and casteist fringe outfits and call it her 'honour'.
Shubh Mangal Savdhan gets many things right on feminism, patriarchy and masculinity – from acid attacks to erectile dysfunction to superstitions about marriage.
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.
Baahubali 2 shows radical women of a certain time period and the price they were made to pay for hurting the masculine ego.
In these times of strife, intolerance and extremism, in the name of religion and caste, I wish Padmaavat had never been made.
With every international film festival held, the question gets more pressing. Where are the female directors?