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The curious case of Hrundi V Bakshi: Deconstructing Peter Sellers' brownface act in The Party
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The curious case of Hrundi V Bakshi: Deconstructing Peter Sellers' brownface act in The Party

In many ways, Hrundi V Bakshi from The Party is no different from the many other characters Peter Sellers has portrayed and while the brownface is definitely super-awkward, it doesn’t seem to be particularly malicious. Which then leads to the question: why? | Kuzhali Manickavel writes

Peter Sellers' The Party is the go-to movie for expressing anger over brownface: Is the ire warranted?
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Peter Sellers' The Party is the go-to movie for expressing anger over brownface: Is the ire warranted?

I don’t really understand why Peter Sellers felt the need to darken his face for the role in The Party. While I don’t think it makes him look Indian, it certainly makes him look greasy and a little blotchy, unless the belief at the time was that Indians, as an entire race, were a greasy and blotchy people | Kuzhali Manickavel writes in her monthly column 'Allegedly Problematic'

From Teesri Manzil to Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Nasir Husain's cinema is celebrated in a new book
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From Teesri Manzil to Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Nasir Husain's cinema is celebrated in a new book

The cinema of Nasir Husain — who was the creative force behind such evergreen classics as Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Teesri Manzil, Dil Deke Dekho, Caravan and more — has been chronicled in a new book by award-winning writer Akshay Manwani