Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life

Why I Decided to Return Swades

An ‘India’ bookmark that a good friend gifted me while I was leaving for the US This article was published in HuffPost India on 24 June 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: That is what this splendid country, with its magnetic magnificence, has always done – infused people’s lives with glorious purposes. Several centuries… Continue reading Why I Decided to Return Swades

Cinema & Bollywood · Public health

Blooywood, Aishwarya, and the Blind in India

This article was published in Huffington Post on 17 July 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: Most Indian moviegoers are familiar with the iconic Shirdi wale Saibaba song where a blind Nirupa Roy miraculously gets her eyesight back. Just like that! (It was perhaps the craziest medical ‘miracle’ of Hindi films until 1995, when… Continue reading Blooywood, Aishwarya, and the Blind in India

Cinema & Bollywood · Culture & Life · Politics · Religion

Diwali, Haidar, Vishwaroopam: Religions in Competition

  Last year’s Vishwaroopam and this year’s Haider, as we know, were mired in controversies related to religion: some Muslims accused V’pam of being anti-Muslim and some Hindus deemed Haider to be anti-Hindu (and ‘anti-India’ too, apparently). Seen through rational glasses, however, those were simply attempts by some sections of India’s two main religions to… Continue reading Diwali, Haidar, Vishwaroopam: Religions in Competition

Cinema & Bollywood · History

History, Bollywood, and Love Stories

This was published in Huffington Post India on 10 Sep 2015. Here is the link. An excerpt: For instance, we perhaps need countless more movies on the horrors of Partition and communal riots (as Indians still love to hate each other on religious lines); perhaps a movie on Sanjay Gandhi’s abysmally callous (but little-known to… Continue reading History, Bollywood, and Love Stories