Indiancine.ma

Indiancine.ma is an annotated online archive of Indian film. It is intended to serve as a shared resource for film scholars and enthusiasts in India and beyond. Since 1931 to date, India has made around 50,000 […]

“A Happy Lady Movie”

“Shall we watch a movie today?” I asked my cat. “Can you pick a movie?” I thought for a minute. “A happy movie? A happy lady movie?” My cat, of course, could not. We scrolled […]

Review: Albela (1951)

What do we owe to each other? Albela takes the answer(s) for granted, but the issue is not so simple. Albela is a light comedy about a man, Pyare (Bhagwan), achieving his dreams of becoming a […]

7 Badass South Asian Artists You Should Know About

Feminine sexuality and the female form is often considered to be the epitome of beauty and grace in the field of art. But it only seems to hold true when it is men who depict […]

Short Film Friday: Toffee (2017)

  Who deserves a childhood? Okay, a simpler question: What is childhood? A time to learn, to play, to experience, to dream, a time for joy and innocence. Chores and pocket money. School. Adventure. Surely […]

“Single Rehne De” (Simran, 2017)

Full disclosure: I have an acquaintance who worked on this film. We’re facebook friends but haven’t spoken since high school. I wanted to see this movie because she worked on it (and it’s partly set […]

Review: Ungli (2014)

The law, no matter how well intended, protects the powerful. Bribes can get around it, and who can afford bribes? Excellent lawyers can get around it, and who can afford those lawyers? And add to […]

Priyanka Chopra on Beauty

“You see so many women, different sizes, modeling, acting, taking their strength, but it’s the mindset that needs to change, of society, of men, of people — that view where a woman in a plus […]

Is It Feminist?

Is it feminist? Who does it benefit? Whose purpose is served? One could argue that applying a label like “feminist” to any piece of pop culture or a consumer good is foolish, since generally those […]

Happy International Women’s Day! Female Indian Authors

Varsha Adalja (born 1940), Gujarati novelist, playwright Smita Agarwal (born 1958), poet, educator Meena Alexander (born 1951), poet, memoirist, essayist, novelist, critic, educator Samina Ali, contemporary Indian-American novelist, feminist, author of Madras on Rainy Days Balamani Amma (1909–2004), poet, published […]