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15 years of Life in a Metro: Exploring the insidiousness of female desire and shame
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15 years of Life in a Metro: Exploring the insidiousness of female desire and shame

Films that show female desire as a punishable offense don’t elicit raised eyebrows or the deep urge to change the status quo, just a wan smile from a select few who know what it’s like. Because it’s men making them in a man’s world.

From pawn to power: In Dasvi, Maharani, Panchayat, the surrogate woman-politician tastes power and strikes back
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From pawn to power: In Dasvi, Maharani, Panchayat, the surrogate woman-politician tastes power and strikes back

In all three of them — Dasvi, Maharani, and Panchayat — the real fun lies in the discomfort on the men’s faces when — much to their shock — the wives refuse to give up the seat, and claim their stake instead.

RRR lacks what elevated SS Rajamouli's Baahubali from good to great — strong female characters
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RRR lacks what elevated SS Rajamouli's Baahubali from good to great — strong female characters

The women of RRR are so uncooked and ill-written that it is difficult to believe they are conceived by the same man who created Baahubali’s iconic, inimitable Sivagami and Devsena.

Oscars 2022: Why Kristen Stewart deserves the honour — and so do most others in Spencer
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Oscars 2022: Why Kristen Stewart deserves the honour — and so do most others in Spencer

As Princess Diana, Kristen Stewart is at once glorious and tragic, reaching out and yet shutting off, hungry and anorexic, trying hard to hold on to her sense of self as her grip on everything around her gets shaky.

This International Women's Day, let's talk about Hindi cinema's gross depiction of gendered housework
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This International Women's Day, let's talk about Hindi cinema's gross depiction of gendered housework

Whatever the COVID-19 lockdown memes may have you believe, the burden of housework still falls primarily on women even if they earn as much or more than the men in the house. These Hindi films are testimony to that.

Gangubai Kathiawadi could give wind to the sails of change in Bollywood’s hackneyed representation of sex workers
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Gangubai Kathiawadi could give wind to the sails of change in Bollywood’s hackneyed representation of sex workers

Films like Mandi, Dev.D, Begum Jaan, and Anaarkali of Aarah empowered their women with agency. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming Gangubai Kathiawadi could be the latest addition to this formidable list.

Sumukhi Suresh on building an ecosystem through Motormouth Writers: 'There are never enough writers writing for women'
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Sumukhi Suresh on building an ecosystem through Motormouth Writers: 'There are never enough writers writing for women'

"At Motormouth, we wish to write and create shows, movies, and stories with fundamentally funny, flawed females. We want to change the lens of gender and storytelling using our writing skills," says Sumukhi Suresh.

Sandra Bullock credits the new lease of life in her career to Netflix; here's how streaming is giving Hollywood women their due
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Sandra Bullock credits the new lease of life in her career to Netflix; here's how streaming is giving Hollywood women their due

Netflix has not only helped revive Sandra Bullock’s career but has also pushed forward the filmographies of several other aging actresses, ensuring they continue to be as prolific and get to play meaty, layered, and interesting characters on screen.

Holding out for a hero: Why do actresses still need to depend on who the male lead is? Why can't they be the heroes?
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Holding out for a hero: Why do actresses still need to depend on who the male lead is? Why can't they be the heroes?

Taapsee Pannu's recent revelation that other actresses rejected Haseen Dillruba because they were not sure of 'the hero' only exposes the gross dependence of leading ladies on how 'saleable' their male counterparts are.

2021 is the year when women on screen came into their own, from Rashmi Rocket, Mimi to Pagglait
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2021 is the year when women on screen came into their own, from Rashmi Rocket, Mimi to Pagglait

It is not every year that you get to watch a young window unable to grieve her husband’s death, a female athlete banned for failing the gender test, a trans-girl making people question what is normal, an abandoned surrogate mother, and a woman faking her husband’s death to prevent him getting convicted for murder.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham turns 20: Karan Johar’s film has aged but Kareena Kapoor’s Poo hasn’t
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Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham turns 20: Karan Johar’s film has aged but Kareena Kapoor’s Poo hasn’t

We love to show our women in relation to men. As their mother, sister, wife, relative, friend, or love interest. Poo was a lot of it too, but before any of it, she was herself. Without apology.

How Coming Home helped pastry chef Pooja Dhingra find herself again
Arts & Culture

How Coming Home helped pastry chef Pooja Dhingra find herself again

In an exclusive interview, celebrated pastry chef Pooja Dhingra opens up about her new book Coming Home, cooking in her family kitchen again after so many years, fusion desserts, food photography, baking hacks, and her plans for the future.

Would Katrina Kaif get to dance on 'Tip Tip Barsa Pani' when she's Akshay Kumar's age? Ask Raveena Tandon
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Would Katrina Kaif get to dance on 'Tip Tip Barsa Pani' when she's Akshay Kumar's age? Ask Raveena Tandon

The original version of 'Tip Tip Barsa Pani' has Raveena Tandon, who contributed significantly in making the song what it is — a steamy blockbuster that has stayed relevant enough to be remade 27 years later, in Sooryavanshi with Katrina Kaif. If Akshay Kumar can dance to the same song at 54, why can’t Tandon, who is seven years younger than him?

Dabur forced to drop its same-sex Karwa Chauth campaign shows deep-rooted sexism in Indian TV advertising
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Dabur forced to drop its same-sex Karwa Chauth campaign shows deep-rooted sexism in Indian TV advertising

The message embedded in Indian TV ads is simple — a woman can be either a dutiful mother/wife, in her early 20s trying to look the prettiest, or a hypersexualised nymphomaniac. Any deviations from these tropes are deeply inconvenient, and therefore threatening, needing immediate withdrawal or ban.