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Poulomi Das

Poulomi Das is a film, gender and culture writer and editor based in India. She writes about movies at the intersection of gender, identity, socio-political commentary, and sexual health. Her writing has been published in Arré, The Hindu Business Line, The Swaddle, and Business Insider.

Why “Delhi Belly” Remains Bollywood’s Best Slacker Comedy

Ten years ago, Bollywood made a runaway hit about that period in your 20s when life goes to shit. No film has since come close to replicating it.

Poulomi Das

July 22, 2021

Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens

The revelation has led to widespread civilian outrage and paranoia. Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason in what’s being touted as “India’s Watergate.”

Poulomi Das and Imaan Sheikh

July 21, 2021

The Powerful Lens of Danish Siddiqui

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, who died July 16 amid Taliban crossfire, age 38, vividly humanized his subjects — a gaze that didn’t look down on people, but right at them.

Poulomi Das

July 19, 2021

What Zomato’s IPO Means for Indian Tech Startups

The first Indian IPO of the year, which raised $1.25 billion for the company, could herald a new era of exits for Indian tech startups.

Poulomi Das

July 15, 2021

How India Loved, Lost, and Returned to Coca-Cola

In India, a bottle of Coca-Cola is synonymous with celebration. But the country's love affair with the soda wasn't always smooth sailing — Coke was banned in India for nearly 20 years.

Poulomi Das

July 07, 2021

“Lagaan”: The Blockbuster That Almost Didn’t Happen

This year marks 20 years since Ashutosh Gowariker and Aamir Khan’s iconic film took the world by storm, and changed Bollywood forever.

Poulomi Das

July 01, 2021

The Love, Life, and Legacy of Filmmakers Ismail Merchant and James Ivory

With “Maurice,” the duo changed how films depicted gay romance. Their production company would go on to win six Oscars, but their own love story remained a secret for 45 years.

Poulomi Das

June 25, 2021

Neena Gupta’s Time in the Sun

For decades, Bollywood relegated Neena Gupta’s talent to only supporting roles. Now, at 62, she’s finally getting her shot at stardom.

Poulomi Das

June 22, 2021

Streaming Wars: The Battle for Diaspora Viewers

As streaming behemoths like Netflix and Amazon fight to win the U.S. South Asian diaspora market, Indian streaming services are throwing their hats into the ring.

Poulomi Das

June 15, 2021

How Dream11 Became India’s First Gaming Unicorn

India's fantasy sports platform has captured the attention of the country's rabid cricket fandom. Now, it wants to be India’s only answer to sports.

Poulomi Das

June 14, 2021

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