Articles by The Ladies Finger
Jun 26, 2017
Blackouts at IIT Kharagpur: Initiative rolled out to engage students, help them deal with depression; but is it enough?Colleges would do better if they asked students what they’d like, because they’re the ones dealing with the pressure to stay afloat and appear like they have every aspect of their lives together. And to most, IIT Kharagpur’s plan is welcome but not enough.
Jun 23, 2017
Tubelight: Of an unconvincing Salman Khan and his India-Chinese friendshipIt’s a little ominous when the good-hearted hero taking on an aggro jingoist in a film is big on the phrase 'Bharat mata ki jai', writes The Ladies Finger about Salman Khan's Tubelight.
Jun 20, 2017
Hockey India's anger over Sardar Singh investigation brings out ugliest bits of machismo, nationalismThe Sardar Singh rape case has provided the perfect opportunity for Hockey India and the media to display their sexism in the way they treat him and the serious allegations.
Jun 18, 2017
Menstruation is having its pop-culture moment thanks to movies and books, but can India move past celebrating it?Last year, students at Calicut Medical College launched a contest to encourage each other to submit haikus about periods, after an intern threw out an open challenge to see if anyone would dare to walk around with an unwrapped packet of sanitary pads. The outrage that this incident provoked seemed more than a little out of place, particularly in a medical college, but the poetry campaign eventually went viral on social media. Meanwhile, singer Sofia Ashraf’s new Tamil song 'Period Paatu', which released last month went mega viral.
Jun 10, 2017
Yogi Adityanath's new 'offensive' against child marriage is not enough to get rid of the social evilWhere the Adityanath government’s game plan will take the fight against child marriage isn’t clear yet.
Jun 06, 2017
Wonder Woman is the feminist antidote in the abundant world of male superheroesShould we be annoyed that Wonder Woman is being called a 'female superhero movie'?
Jun 05, 2017
Dear Maya, Manisha Koirala's film on the power of epistolary love, says both too much, and too littleDear Maya explores what happens when two teenaged girls in Shimla write fake love letters to cheer up their neighbour, a desolate woman named Mayadev
Jun 04, 2017
Swathi Kolai Vazhakku, Talvar and the ethics of making films on real-life murder casesThe Ladies Finger: TV shows and movies like Swathi Kolai Vazhakku, Meghna Gulzar's Talvar and Sarah Koenig's Serial have brought us closer to the people involved in the crime than we can ever be.
May 31, 2017
Sexism in stand-up comedy; or what happens when you ask a boys' club why it’s a boys' club“Is there sexism in the comedy industry as well?” Anupama Chopra probably knew the answer to this question before she asked the six comedians — five of them male — sitting with her, in an episode for Film Companion.
May 28, 2017
Dhinchak Pooja: A look at the new internet phenomenon of cringe-popHow Dhinchak Pooja's 'Swag Wali Topi' and 'Daaru Daaru Daaru' achieved viral video status.