Michaela Stone Cross is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. She currently lives in Mumbai, where she spends most of her time trying to explain why she's there. She's written for several publication, including VICE.
The Indian government conferred industry status on its film industry only in 2001. For years, the best way to fund movies was through the world of crime.
Bollywood has always drawn inspiration from its home city’s underworld. But where did all the gangsters go?
From “Chacha Snoop” in a turban to Akon singing for Shah Rukh Khan: American rappers don’t end up in India often, but when they do, things get strange.
America can learn a lot more from GBBO than how to make a cake.
For decades, the Academy has snubbed the world’s largest film industry. Fifty submissions later, India continues to hope.
Bollywood movies have grown popular in China — some even make more money in China than in India. What’s the secret formula?
While activists in the West fight to introduce transgenderism to the mainstream, India’s trans women face a different task: replacing centuries-old classifications.
From celebrities to everyday brides, South Asians all over the world are paying thousands to buy the designer’s creations. What makes it worth it?
How six-packs became a religion in the world’s largest film industry.
For decades, Mein Kampf has remained a bestseller in India. But that doesn’t necessarily mean what you think.