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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.

How the Mrs. Sri Lanka Incident Stirred the Pageant Pot

The uncrowning and recrowning of Pushpika De Silva is causing many to question why one’s marital status — and beauty pageants — matter in the first place.

Poulomi Das

April 16, 2021

Charles Sobhraj: The Serpent Who Charmed India

The BBC-Netflix co-production shows the serial killer for what he is: a cold-blooded escape artist and convicted international criminal.

Poulomi Das

April 08, 2021

“Bombay Begums” and the Missing Subtext

Billed as a feminist series, the Netflix show ends up serving standard Bollywood fare of wrongdoing and retribution.

Poulomi Das

March 08, 2021

Why Tillotama Shome Views Her Career as “Slow Cooking,” Not “Instant Noodles”

From playing the quiet Alice in “Monsoon Wedding” to the vibrant Ratna in “Sir,” the veteran actor has come into her own.

Poulomi Das

February 12, 2021

How “AK vs AK” Forged A New Bollywood Genre

Vikramaditya Motwane’s new Netflix thriller — also a black comedy, an indictment of Bollywood, and a 108-minute-long inside joke — was seven years in the making.

Poulomi Das

January 29, 2021

The Sexpert Uncle of India

Dr. Mahinder Watsa — who died on December 30, 2020 — became famous for answering his country's most taboo questions, from female pleasure to bestiality.

Poulomi Das

January 09, 2021

Opinion: Is Kangana Ranaut the Most Powerful Woman in Bollywood?

The actor has traded being crushed beneath Bollywood’s glass ceiling for a leading role in the witch hunts of the Hindu Right.

Poulomi Das

October 21, 2020

Opinion: Coping With Bollywood During a Pandemic

In a role reversal, the last thing on our minds is to be like celebrities but several Bollywood stars now want to prove that they’re just like us.

Poulomi Das

April 24, 2020

The Fault in India's Filmfare Awards

Once considered the Indian equivalent of the Oscars, the awards ceremony used to be equated with accomplishment. Today, not so much.

Poulomi Das

February 21, 2020

Is Bollywood Ready to Have its Queer Reckoning?

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, which depicts the love between two men, is far from perfect. But its power lies in its attempt to reach a mass audience.

Poulomi Das

January 27, 2020


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