Tag: bollywood

Mary Kom poster

Review: Mary Kom (2014)

Mary Kom tells a story that is still too often ignored: that of a female athlete. Based on the life of Olympic boxer Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte, the film chronicles Kom’s entrance into boxing, struggles […]

Haider movie poster

Review: Haider (2014)

Full disclosure: I love Shakespeare, and Hamlet is my favorite play. I first read it soon after my father died. I was 18, heading off to college. And so I identified with Hamlet, unsure of […]

“Ladna Jhagadna” (Duplicate, 1998)

“Keh Rahi Hai” is set in a nightclub and features a man dancing with a snake. Yet it’s a rather boring item number: the gangster’s girlfriend dances in skimpy clothes, and eventually he joins her […]

Revolver Rani movie poster

Review: Revolver Rani

The first half of Revolver Rani was awesome. Rani is a crime boss who doesn’t give a shit about what anyone thinks. She shoots guns and has sex and wears amazing outfits. The second half […]

“Tattad Tattad” (Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, 2013)

“Tattad Tattad” is my platonic ideal of an item number: catchy, fun, a performance by a gorgeous actor, colorful visuals. Because this is a male item number, the focus is on Ranveer Singh’s desirability and […]

Review: Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)

“I don’t want to be your duty, I want to be your joy.” Popular culture, traditional culture, the media, all tell us it so important to have a heterosexual romantic relationship, especially a marriage. Love, […]

“Girls Like to Swing” (Dil Dhadakne Do, 2015)

The YouTube thumbnail for “Girls Like to Swing” shows Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma smiling into the camera, beckoning the viewer to join them. The camera is tight on their faces, and Sharma’s hand rests […]

Review: Cocktail (2012)

For your convenience, I have transcribed all of my notes: Open with flight safety instructions. . .first shot is the flight attendant’s feet in heels and a man leaning out of his seat to ogle. […]

Review: Lahu ke Do Rang (1979)

So that is where all of the women are: the 1970s. Well, we are used to being left behind. Lahu ke Do Rang is about two brothers finding each other and avenging their father. To […]

Review: Ki & Ka (2016)

Kia did not want to make a political statement. But to exist and be female is a political act. Any choice will be scrutinized. No choice can be made in a vacuum. And unfortunately, a […]