Film, Reviews

We need to let movies like ‘Udta Punjab’ fly

Its been a long time since I watched a movie that broke my heart. Bollywood movies in particular often fail to make me emotional because of their formulaic story lines, stock characters and their inability to depict a world that one can truly relate to. Hindi cinema rarely moves away from the norm: romantic or flawed heroes saving the… Continue reading We need to let movies like ‘Udta Punjab’ fly

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Film, TV, Women

Sunny Leone produces hostility because India still fears female sexuality

The internet certainly does not forget. Google Indian-Canadian Bollywood actress 'Sunny Leone' and beneath the most recent news articles, her previous profession defines her almost instantly - she is a household name for once being a porn star. Earlier this week, Leone faced journalist Bhupendra Chauby in a scathing interview where he claimed the actress was "lowering the… Continue reading Sunny Leone produces hostility because India still fears female sexuality

Celebrity, Film

Amy Jackson is cashing in on ‘Singh is Bling’, but can India really accept her?

She's the newest face in Bollywood, flown over from Liverpool to kick-start a career in the illustrious Hindi film industry. Arriving from England to permanently make India home while accepting its culture and language, its undeniable romance and its mysterious, whimsical magic is no mean feat, and Amy Jackson has certainly risen to the challenge. Making her mark in Tamil… Continue reading Amy Jackson is cashing in on ‘Singh is Bling’, but can India really accept her?

Film, Reviews

Movie review: PK

  Not too often does a Bollywood movie appear with promotional posters showing a naked man covering his bits with a radio. This is when you know that Indian cinema is beginning to head in a new (and probably eyebrow-raising) direction. Here's introducing the new and very controversial release of PK into Indian cinema. Directed… Continue reading Movie review: PK

Life, Uncategorized

“How can you be so Indian, yet so White?”

Sometimes in life I am acutely aware that I am Indian. This isn’t a new realisation, but it is something I have only recently started to come to terms with. Not many people know that I spent a large chunk of my childhood growing up in India. I have little recollection of spending time in… Continue reading “How can you be so Indian, yet so White?”

Life

My dark skin

My skin colour has always been an extremely sensitive subject to me, especially since I grew up with the same, threatening idea drilled into my conscience: having lighter-coloured skin was good and made you more prettier and better, while dark skin was undesirable and ugly. This is a false truth that I have carried with me right up to… Continue reading My dark skin

Uncategorized

Bollywood confuses me, immensely.

The title of my blog post sums up what I'll be discussing in this post. The Bollywood film industry confuses me, a lot.I don't watch a lot of Indian TV channels, largely because most of it is extremely rubbish. What I do often watch is Indian music channels, and yesterday I watched (properly) the music video for… Continue reading Bollywood confuses me, immensely.