Cinema

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

The New Voices: Empowered Women In Bollywood of 2018

The New Voices: Empowered Women In Bollywood of 2018

What is incredibly heartening is the depiction of women, and men, in commercial Bollywood cinema that is moving away from gender binaries fed to us for so long.
15 Feminist Films We Loved In 2018

15 Feminist Films We Loved In 2018

Wrapping the year up with some feminist films to feel good about 2018, here are some picks from various regional languages to catch up on before the year ends.
Salty About Rajma Chawal: A Critical Review

Salty About Rajma Chawal: A Critical Review

The plot of Rajma Chawal is painful, if not pathetic. The story, undoubtedly has an offensive, misogynist and sexist sense of humour.
Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018: How Bollywood Used Subtle Sexism To Promote HeForShe

Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018: How Bollywood Used Subtle Sexism To Promote HeForShe

The only part of the HeForShe campaign the Lux Golden Rose Awards seem to have focused on is accentuating men’s role, while eliminating the cause completely.
Zero Fails To Zero In On Any Real Issue Related To Disability

Zero Fails To Zero In On Any Real Issue Related To Disability

As the title 'Zero' suggests, disability here is taken as a deficit or shortcoming. With the same undercurrent it continues to perpetuate the age old stereotypes relating to disability.
5 Movies That Started A Conversation Around Positive Sexuality

5 Movies That Started A Conversation Around Positive Sexuality

These films ignited a healthy conversation around positive sexuality by exploring sexual desires of women and portraying refreshing takes on masculinity.
How Bollywood Horror Films Almost Always Misrepresent Their Female Protagonists

How Bollywood Horror Films Misrepresent Their Female Protagonists

It is not uncommon in Bollywood horror films to equate the act of ‘being possessed’ to the gender stereotypes about women being weaker and hence falling victims to external forces.
Flying from Dusk to Dawn: How Rituparno Ghosh Revolutionalised The Portrayal Of The 'Third Gender'

Flying From Dusk to Dawn: How Rituparno Ghosh Revolutionalised The Portrayal Of The ‘Third...

Rituparno Ghosh set out to erase the lines of what defined ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’. He used cinema with its expansive outreach and potential to impact actual changes in the society.
Pariyerum Perumal Is A Fervent Portrayal Of Our Caste-Ridden Society

Pariyerum Perumal Is A Fervent Portrayal Of Our Caste-Ridden Society

Pariyerum Perumal is a fervent portrayal of caste-ridden society in which the dominant caste groups unleash acts of victimisation, exploitation and humiliation against the Dalits.
Bano Nayi Soch: #UnstereotypeCinema – A Campaign by Oxfam India and FII

Watch: Four Videos That Demand That We #UnstereotypeCinema.

Based on a study by Oxfam India, FII created a series of four short videos, focusing on different aspects of Indian cinema, and how they reinforce patriarchy in various forms.

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Made in Heaven Unpacks The Politics Behind Marriages In India

Made in Heaven Unpacks The Politics Behind Marriages In India

While the centre of the series remains the rich and elite class of Delhi, the focus of Made in Heaven remains to be the issues which are often swept under the carpet and closeted.
The Burning Of Holika

Reading Caste In Holi: The Burning Of Holika, A Bahujan Woman

Every Holi, we burn Holika – a Bahujan woman. Our festivals are based on Vedic & Puranic stories which suppress stories of the lower castes.
A Not-So-Patriot Act The Undue Outrage Over Hasan Minhaj’s Show

A Not-So-Patriot Act: The Unwarranted Outrage Over Hasan Minhaj’s Show

Predictably, in this hostile environment, the newest episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act was met with over-the-top and ridiculous outrage, complete with nastiness online, calls to boycott Netflix, and a harsh critique of Minhaj