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The Love Guru: Racism of Mike Myers' 2008 film is just one sparkling gem in its diadem of problematic-ness
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The Love Guru: Racism of Mike Myers' 2008 film is just one sparkling gem in its diadem of problematic-ness

We’ve covered some pretty God-awful films in this column and even otherwise, I have watched some really, really bad movies in my lifetime. The Love Guru managed to stand out among all of these as a truly horrific feat of cinematic putrescence. | Kuzhali Manickavel writes

Allegedly Problematic: Mike Myers' 2008 film The Love Guru shows us that white dudes really can do anything
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Allegedly Problematic: Mike Myers' 2008 film The Love Guru shows us that white dudes really can do anything

If I were to categorise The Love Guru, I think it would come under ‘white-dude-makes-movie-about-India/Indian-things- without-knowing-anything-about-these-things’. This is an extremely popular genre among white dudes. | Kuzhali Manickavel writes

Basmati Blues: Brie Larson-starrer is particularly befuddling in an era when we are supposed to know better
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Basmati Blues: Brie Larson-starrer is particularly befuddling in an era when we are supposed to know better

In this gilded age of internets and computers and the burdensome necessity of being woke, we have in Basmati Blues a movie where the happy Indian villagers proudly live up to the stereotype of being happy Indian villagers and nothing else | Kuzhali Manickavel writes

Basmati Blues: 'Just how did this get made?' and other thoughts, on watching Brie Larson-starrer
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Basmati Blues: 'Just how did this get made?' and other thoughts, on watching Brie Larson-starrer

'I was, of course, scared to watch Basmati Blues,' writes Kuzhali Manickavel. 'While one sort of knows what to expect from racism from the 1800s or the 1980s, the mind boggles to consider what the new millennium will offer: is this going to be about white people coming to save the Indians except there’s internet? Do the Indians need saving because they are Indians, even though they have cell phones? Is India going to scare the woke white person, like it usually does? Why does India do that anyway? And is it racist for a country to be scary to white people?'

The story of Black Narcissus, 1947, is set in India. But it's a film about white people and their feelings
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The story of Black Narcissus, 1947, is set in India. But it's a film about white people and their feelings

Black Narcissus is really only about the white people and how they feel and all about their feelings. Everything is hard and different. They get weird rashes, they forget to plant vegetables, the atmosphere of this strange place is just so strange and as a result, so many feelings | Kuzhali Manickavel writes

Can a cinematic masterpiece also be racist to Indians? 1947's Black Narcissus proves, yes it can
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Can a cinematic masterpiece also be racist to Indians? 1947's Black Narcissus proves, yes it can

Black Narcissus, which came out in 1947, is about nuns in the Himalayas and local people who don’t know anything because they are brown. And one of the nuns goes crazy. And there’s an English guy | Kuzhali Manickavel writes

The Tiger of Eschnapur thrives on the idea that an accurate representation of India is not worth worrying about
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The Tiger of Eschnapur thrives on the idea that an accurate representation of India is not worth worrying about

Wading through all the heavy-handed exotica of The Tiger of Eschnapur, one can’t help but feel that sometimes, India only seems worth talking about if the story-teller gets to make up their own version of India.

The Tiger of Eschnapur: Fritz Lang's 1959 film is peak white dude's vision of a made-up India
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The Tiger of Eschnapur: Fritz Lang's 1959 film is peak white dude's vision of a made-up India

In this column, we'll whine about how yet another obscure old movie — The Tiger of Eschnapur — was being mean to India | Kuzhali Manickavel writes in #AllegedlyProblematic

Research shows limiting choice of toys for children reinforces stereotypes
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Research shows limiting choice of toys for children reinforces stereotypes

While buying toys, parents should consider the child's interests, not their gender because limiting choice of toys can fuel stereotypes, suggests research.

Ebay's new 'Things don’t judge' ad challenges LGBT, age, gender stereotypes and how
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Ebay's new 'Things don’t judge' ad challenges LGBT, age, gender stereotypes and how

eBay India's new ad proves that the 10 crore products being marketed are more open minded than the one billion people they are being marketed to

Watch: Attention ladies! Nap in a park, drink that midnight chai because you have every right to loiter
India

Watch: Attention ladies! Nap in a park, drink that midnight chai because you have every right to loiter

Women should loiter because roaming around during the day or the night shouldn't be a luxury reserved for boys and men.

No es bueno! University of Louisville president apologises after posing for photo in sombrero, poncho
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No es bueno! University of Louisville president apologises after posing for photo in sombrero, poncho

The University of Louisville has apologised after a photo surfaced showing President James Ramsey among a group of staffers at a Halloween party dressed in stereotypical Mexican costumes

The big screen effect: How Bollywood’s influencing love, sex and relationships
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The big screen effect: How Bollywood’s influencing love, sex and relationships

One of the major mainstays of cinema around the world, and probably even more so in Bollywood, is romance. The idea of love, romance and pursuit, the idea of finding the man or woman of your dreams are a standard feature of Indian cinema.

This comedy sketch about Indian stereotypes is hilarious and thought-provoking
Life

This comedy sketch about Indian stereotypes is hilarious and thought-provoking

We've all come across bigoted, racist, sexist, misogynist people in our lives; people who don't blink twice before putting a label on unfamiliar people and cultures, people who just see the world in stereotypes and refuse to understand, appreciate and tolerate anything or anyone dissimilar to them.

Don't discriminate on skin colour: ASCI lays down law for fairness creams ads
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Don't discriminate on skin colour: ASCI lays down law for fairness creams ads

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has issued guidelines for advertising for skin lightening or fairness improvement products.

Don't discriminate on skin colour: ASCI lays down law for fairness creams ads
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Don't discriminate on skin colour: ASCI lays down law for fairness creams ads

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has issued guidelines for advertising for skin lightening or fairness improvement products.

Potrayal of women on screen still  stereotypical, says Vidya Balan
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Potrayal of women on screen still stereotypical, says Vidya Balan

With films like Parineeta, Paa, The Dirty Picture, Kahaani and now Bobby Jassos to her credit, Vidya acknowledged efforts are being done by some filmmakers to break the mould.

Wishing Sonakshi Sinha on her birthday, one stereotype at a time
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Wishing Sonakshi Sinha on her birthday, one stereotype at a time

Because nothing says happy birthday like calling someone 'fat cow'.

Cheerful women not associated with leadership qualities
Life

Cheerful women not associated with leadership qualities

According to a study, women who were perceived as cheerful were judged as being less willing to lead

Nupur Talwar and stereotypes we hold of a mother
India

Nupur Talwar and stereotypes we hold of a mother

The Aarushi-Hemraj double murder has become a collection of the many social stereotypes we hold in our collective imagination, stereotypes magnified by the media.