Dear Feminism In India, We love you people; you know that, right? BUT, we must tell you that one of your recent posts have left us disturbed. And, disappointed. Which post? The recommendation that we watch the movie Aitraaz, for its ‘feminist’ portrayal of abortion. We disagree. There are two main aspects of our disagreement. […]Read More Open Letter To Feminism In India
This post is a part of our weekly roundup series. Every week, we will take a look-back at sexual harassment, gender violence and related incidents in India and beyond. Readers can submit their suggestions, comments and opinions to email@example.com. The last week had many ups and down in the space of gender. Okay, mostly downs. […]Read More Kabir Singh’s misogyny, NIFT: failures of due process
By Priyanka Kapoor | Image: India Today ** Recently, I booked a late night ticket for the Anushka Sharma starrer horror flick, Pari. Not to get scared out of my wits, but to get my share of laughs, having noticed that Indian audience often collectively laughs in horror movies. I entered the movie theater with skepticism and […]Read More Prosit Roy’s Pari and Sex Trafficking in India.
Written by: Gargi Sengupta | Image: SMIW ** Stumbling upon Anarkali Of Aarah – on TV – just a day after watching Lipstick Under My Burkha at the plex, certainly made me think if we pass too many things off as ‘happenstance’. ** To be honest, had Lipstick not received the kind of attention it did, […]Read More Why Anarkali Shines Brighter than Lipstick.
Image credit: newslaundary.com From what we know, making Lipstick Under My Burkha was no easy feat for its creators. ** The Censor Board’s initial refusal to give it a rating on the premise that it was a ‘Lady-oriented film’; the general populace’s utter lack of interest in watching a film manned (oh, the irony) by […]Read More Lipstick Under My Burkha Film Review: A Rebel With A Cause.
Image: indianexpress.com The following review was written by SMIW’s Bruce Vain. Well, well, well. What do you know? A Sultan film review on this website? That can’t go so well, can it? Especially since we ripped bhaijaan a new one merely days ago – when he made that by-now-hall-of-shame-worthy remark? But here’s the thing, we can’t make […]Read More The Unapologetic Shit Guy: Sultan Film Review.
Image: hdwallpapertec.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Aishhwariya Subramanian to our section Spoilt Modern Film Reviews. I spent nearly a decade and a half in love with a pathological sexist liar named Raj Malhotra. ** He was handsome and carefree and completely the kind of man I envisioned riding off into the sunset with. […]Read More A Douchebag Named Raj Malhotra – DDLJ Film Review.
Image: Karman Khanna The following review was submitted by SMIW reader Karman Khanna to our section Spoilt Modern Film Reviews Rashomon is a Japanese film produced in the year 1950. The film is directed by Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese filmmaker, considered as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. The film […]Read More Rashomon: Seeing Like a Feminist
Image: deccanchronicle.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Damini Kulkarni to our section Spoilt Modern Film Reviews. Released in 2012, Kahaani is an unforgettable film. It is impossible not to remember it for Vidvya Balan’s feisty presence, the menacing Bob Biswas, the unobtrusive shots of the city of Kolkata; which almost becomes a character […]Read More Spoilt Modern Film Reviews: Kahaani
Hello and welcome to Spoilt Modern Film Reviews! A new section where we will review (mostly) Indian films from a feminist perspective and point out the various problematic (and sometimes positive things) about them. Sometimes these films will be new releases and sometimes, classics that need to be debated. Think of this as an expansion […]Read More Spoilt Modern Film Reviews: Ki & Ka