I keep stumbling upon the assertion that The Mindy Project and Mindy Kaling’s Office character Kelly Kapoor are somehow “too white” or “too privileged.” As if the only valid South Asian narrative is curry-soaked and accented, a tale of oppression and being The Other. Are those really our two options: too white or too Outsourced-and-Apu? Bullshit. There isn’t… Read More The Mindy Project: Just One of Many Stories
Sujoy Ghosh spins a Kahaani featuring a heroine you can’t help but root for. With the backdrop of Kolkata’s Durga Puja celebration and the overarching metaphor of the mother goddess coming to life to accomplish what the gods never could, Ghosh crafts a masterful thriller…and a wrenchingly human story of loss. At the center of… Read More Kahaani: Once Upon a Time in Kolkata
A fictional biopic loosely based on real-life 1980s item girl Silk Smitha, Milan Luthria’s The Dirty Picture has taken Bollywood by storm. It’s a common narrative — a small town girl with big dreams of fame is soon chewed up and spit out by an ugly, male-dominated machine — but what stands out is the… Read More Snapshots of The Dirty Picture
Last night I had the chance to see the rollicking Indian comedy Delhi Belly for the second time, and the only stomach pains I came away with were ones from laughter! The story of three slacker friends unwittingly getting involved with a smuggling ring, Delhi Belly is very much a film about young Indians doing what… Read More Delhi Belly Offers Up Belly Laughs!
Dharma Productions’ new release I Hate Luv Storys vexed me from the get-go because the title is misspelled. My shields went up, and I automatically assumed the film was going to be just cringe-inducing and cutesy as the title…which I quickly realized was kind of the point. I enjoy it when Bollywood does movies about Bollywood —… Read More I Hate Luv Storys…except when I’m ambivalent about them.