THE OPPRESSED MAJORITY by Sharon Sood

The movie “Oppressed Majority” directed by Éléonore Pourriat, discusses the nuances, intricacies and subtleties of sexism, sexual threats and unwanted attention which women face. She does so in an interesting manner by reversing the everyday roles that women and men play. All through the film, as an audience, one feels uncomfortable.  This short film manages to get under one’s skin, pondering over the likelihood of … Continue reading THE OPPRESSED MAJORITY by Sharon Sood

ZUBEIDAA (2001): A Critical Analysis

By Diksha Grover “‘Parallel cinema’ as they say it in India. Parallel to the conventional, that is, films drawing in the issues that insignificant entertainments attempt to overlook- sexism, gender inequality, poverty and the dead hand of the past.” Richard Von Busack On 19th January 2001, the theater lights diminished and a red dupatta tumbled from the sky: the beginning segment of  Shyam Benegal’s film, … Continue reading ZUBEIDAA (2001): A Critical Analysis

The delusional world of plastic bodies and beauty standards -Ananya Bali

“ Beauty is a complex thing that cannot be put in a cage or defined by rules. It does not have to be within the parameters that society dictates. My definition of beauty is without rules. It can be the face of a beautiful 90-year old woman that is full of stories and emotion. Beauty is what somebody’s eyes communicate.” These are the words of … Continue reading The delusional world of plastic bodies and beauty standards -Ananya Bali

#MeToo India Mission Incomplete: Learnings from Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Justice is everyone’s business The #MeToo Movement marks a turning point for women in India and abroad.  One of the key aspects of sexual violence is the shame that the victim goes through – excessive focus on the criminal justice system is counterproductive as the victim often left to prove the guilt of the perpetrator of violence.  #MeTooIndia reflects the changes in society – with greater … Continue reading #MeToo India Mission Incomplete: Learnings from Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

The Journey that Continues

Decriminalising Section 377 is a Historical Event in India. This was an important milestone; a milestone that really was due for a long time. This brought liberation to the people who identify themselves as LGBTQ group. A sense of freedom to be who they are without being criminalised. We feel it brings a sense of equality, in fact, I think it brings us closer to … Continue reading The Journey that Continues

Transgender Portrayal in Indian Cinema

The Indian Film Industry Should Stop The Way They Currently Portray The Transgender Community In The Movies In A Cliché Comic And Negative Light. This Reverse-Modernization Is Degenerating And Should Be Halted. Indian movies have often influenced much public thought. Some would go on to say that they create the way people think by making them look headfast unto issues that are usually not dealt … Continue reading Transgender Portrayal in Indian Cinema

Post-Globalization Bollywood and the Invalidation of a Woman’s Choice

For any Indian youth in the 1990s, the era and after is symbolic of liberty, or the removal of barriers. As the barriers isolating the country from the rest of the world were removed, so were the barriers to liberty. However, one choice still held substantial barriers: that of a woman’s decision to say no. Rape Culture is the very embodiment of this barrier. It … Continue reading Post-Globalization Bollywood and the Invalidation of a Woman’s Choice

Representation of the Gay Community in the Indian Media – How the Big and Small Screen enforce Harmful Stereotypes

Conflicting views on homosexuality are not surprising. Western liberal democratic nations appear to be more accepting by their decriminalisation and legal recognition and gay sex and marriage. The more conservative governments, however, shun and punish those who identify as gay. The underlying principle, in more accepting nations, is that society should have no say in who people should love and how they express it – … Continue reading Representation of the Gay Community in the Indian Media – How the Big and Small Screen enforce Harmful Stereotypes

Looking for the Profound in the Ordinary – Reflections from Sonam Chaturvedi’s Art Exhibition ‘Occurrences’ at Jindal Global University

‘What common perception trivialises and misses, an artwork apprehends in its irreducible essence’ – the opening quote to Sonam Chaturvedi’s art exhibition ‘Occurrences’ perfectly anchored the philosophical approach of the display. [1] Conceived during her residency at the Jindal Centre of Visual Arts, the exhibition was on display in the art studio at Jindal Global University in May 2018. It was a result of her … Continue reading Looking for the Profound in the Ordinary – Reflections from Sonam Chaturvedi’s Art Exhibition ‘Occurrences’ at Jindal Global University