Doctor Strange: Casting Tilda Swinton is certainly ‘Strange’!

Here is the thing - I do not think "white washing" in American cinema is some conspiracy by 'the man'. If the majority of the audience is Caucasian Americans, then I have no problem with Hollywood making movies where they feature prominently. Cultural appropriation is also not a real thing. All culture will be shared… Continue reading Doctor Strange: Casting Tilda Swinton is certainly ‘Strange’!

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Bollywood in 2015: Five of the best

In terms of actual cinema, this was a good year for the industry as a whole. There was definitely a sense that things had matured, with a great many interesting ideas being presented. Even when things went horribly, horribly wrong - 'Bombay Velvet' or 'Hawaizaade' for example, at least the premises were different, even if… Continue reading Bollywood in 2015: Five of the best

The endless career of the ‘plastic smile’: A look back on Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is easily one of the most recognizable Indians in the world. She has been the epitome of many things over her long career. Some of them are good. Like how she proved you could survive in Bollywood despite being married woman above the age of 30. She is also the pinnacle of many… Continue reading The endless career of the ‘plastic smile’: A look back on Aishwarya Rai

Bollywood October Report: ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ surprises all

October was a bloodbath in the box office, with nearly all the major releases getting massacred. The lone victor was 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2', which comes as a surprise to everyone, except the audience, which gave the movie three thumbs up - and Rs 52 crores (and climbing). The movie, which was made for a… Continue reading Bollywood October Report: ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’ surprises all

Sexism and Caricatures: Why can’t Madhur Bhandarkar let women win?

Director Madhur Bhandarkar's filmography is a self-appointed stereotype, made up almost entirely of 'a look behind the curtain' type films across various sections of society. The topics themselves are not bad. But it is the underlying assumptions he seems to have about the female gender, which is the problem. (Since he keeps getting worse with… Continue reading Sexism and Caricatures: Why can’t Madhur Bhandarkar let women win?