Social issues

King Lear Tells his Daughters to Say “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” but Youngest Daughter Keeps Quiet

Posted on: 10th Apr, 2016

2015 was the year of controversies over bans from maggi to pornography to beef. India seems unable to tide over controversies, while a greater part of the world is grappling with refuge crisis. The ongoing controversy “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” spiraled like ripples in water from the Jawaharlal Nehru University row and spread from Kashmir […]

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Gender Equality or Gimmicks: Popular Media

Posted on: 27th Mar, 2016

Brands better know “Strike the iron when it is hot” for maximum product awareness and visibility in target markets. They do no longer hesitate to touch raw nerves of the society, which stirs the imagination of some people for good and upsets some others only to get roasted over severe flaks by them. That’s exactly […]

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Instances of ‘What Bengal Thinks Today India Thinks Tomorrow’

Posted on: 19th Oct, 2015

“What Bengal thinks today India thinks tomorrow”, a debated saying, came to my mind when I stumbled upon a few Facebook posts about India’s first transgender Durga idol worship in Kolkata. Though many non-Bengalis sniff at the saying on grounds of the lack of commercial development in Bengal, the saying has been true about the […]

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Not Court, Nirbashito Should Have Been India’s Entry to Oscars 2016

Posted on: 11th Oct, 2015

I was sanguine about the selection of Churni Ganguly’s Nirbashito (Banished) as India’s entry to the Oscars 2016 in the Best Foreign Language Film category. But all my hopes beat the dust when India’s Oscar Jury picked Chaitanya Tamhane’s directorial debut, Court, for the Academy Awards 2016 and the chairman Amol Palekar of Paheli fame […]

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‘Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi’ Stars Bollywood Actresses for Girls’ Right to Education

Posted on: 22nd Aug, 2015

“Girl Rising – Woh Padegi, Woh Udegi” stars a bevy of Bollywood actresses for a cause and that is girls’ right to education in India. The collective popularity of Madhuri Dixit, Nandita Das, Sushmita Sen, Kareena Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Alia Bhatt is the power of the film “Girl Rising – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi” […]

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Bajrangi vs PK vs Indian Godmen

Posted on: 15th Aug, 2015

Both Amir Khan’s PK and Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijan advocate Humanity as religion of all religions. If PK is critical of religious extremism, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is vocal about the superiority of love as the ultimate value of humanity over religious narrowness. Being ambassadors of Humanity, both movies stand on the same ground. Then, what and […]

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India: Maggi Controversy vs Midday meal poisoning

Posted on: 9th Aug, 2015

Death of children due to midday meal poisoning in rural backwaters of India has been reported several times, while no case of death has yet been reported in connection with immoderate quantity of lead in Maggi in the country. But, the Government is more concerned about the seemingly possible health hazards of lead content in […]

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“Kill Them on the Spot”

Posted on: 17th Dec, 2014

A fight between heroes and villains was the popular climax of Bollywood movies till the year 2000. In most of the movies of the 20th century, the heroes were common men cum lovers cum family persons. The climax would culminate with the arrival of the police to arrest the wounded villains or the heroes for […]

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Upcoming films on human trafficking

Posted on: 17th Mar, 2014

Lakshmi is a docudrama on rampantly prevalent human trafficking and child prostitution in India. Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, this offbeat Bollywood movie penetrates the underbelly of sex trafficking in the rural backwaters of India, through a story of ordeal that a rural girl, Lakshmi, goes through when she is trapped, kidnapped, victimized, raped, beaten and forced […]

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Rape: Satyamev Jayate and Indian Cinema

Posted on: 4th Mar, 2014

Indian Cinema has brought into light the grim issues – how the police handle rape cases, how doctors treat rape victims, how society turns indifferent to them, and how rapists escape punishment -which is highlighted in the first episode of the Amir Khan show Satyamev Jayate Session 2. Cinema is said to be a reflection […]

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