Hanif Kureishi is Inspiring Optimism — From a Hospital Bed
The British Pakistani writer of ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ fame became paralyzed in 2022. His Twitter dispatches are now a symbol of hope.
‘Polite Society’ Celebrates Brown Female Rage
Director Nida Manzoor and actors Ritu Arya and Priya Kansara share how they pulled off the hilarious ‘Get Out’-esque action comedy that dismantles South Asian tropes.
‘Indian Matchmaking’ Season 3 Tries But Fails to Modernize
It’s time to swipe left on the reality series that has yet to result in a single marriage and few successful matches.
How Gaurav Gupta Won the Red Carpet
It took years for the world to notice the Indian fashion designer. Now, stars from Cardi B to Aishwarya Rai turn to him when they want to make a statement.
How Bollywood Failed Parveen Babi
One of the highest-paid actors of her time is largely remembered through her lovers and by her illness. While others profited from her tale, she died alone at 51.
Kalpana Chawla, First Indian American Woman in Space
On the 20th anniversary of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, we revisit the legacy of the unlikely astronaut, who has inspired generations.
Why South Asians Love Jane Austen
Family, marriage, and class collisions. The British writer’s novels seem like the perfect subcontinental literary canon. But not for the reasons you might think.
Jemima Khan’s So-Called ‘Love Letter’ to Pakistan
While married to Imran Khan, the British socialite was reviled and beloved. With a new film about her time in her adopted country, where does she stand today?
The Mindy Kaling Effect
The release of ‘Velma’ has reignited discussions about how the actor, writer, and producer portrays South Asian characters on screen. But what does the backlash say about us?
Not All South Asians Like it Hot
How eating spicy food became so intertwined with South Asian identity, and why it’s time to retire the stereotype.
Noor Inayat Khan, Unlikely War Hero
Officers believed she was physically and temperamentally unsuited to be a spy. Instead, the British Indian princess outlasted her peers and was a groundbreaking agent of resistance.
Why Many South Asian Muslims Celebrate Christmas
What some call “haram” is a way for others to incorporate traditions that center family and giving.
How the West Reduced ‘The Kama Sutra’ to Sex
The ancient Indian manuscript has long been a guide to love — and life.
In Defense of Doodh Soda
Despite Pepi’s viral ad, mixing milk and coke is nothing new. In fact, the combination has a long history in South Asia.
Cece from ‘New Girl’ Was Never Just a Sidekick
Celebrating over 10 years of one of the first Brown women who got to be hot, smart, funny — and a lead.
Why Many South Asians Never Learn to Swim
South Asians account for a significant number of drowning deaths. So why aren’t more of us learning to swim?
‘Welcome to Chippendales’: Where the American Dream Becomes a Nightmare
The true-crime series cleverly leans into the typical immigrant tropes before taking a dark turn.
How FTX’s Ramnik Arora and Nishad Singh Joined SBF's Inner Circle
And how they disappeared after the crypto stock exchange’s collapse.
‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ Season 2 Isn’t Revolutionary, But It Is A Riot
The Mindy Kaling sitcom won’t shock you — the delightful foursome are still making questionable decisions — but still makes for a laugh-out-loud watch.
The Magical Weight Loss Drug No One is Talking About
In June 2021, the FDA approved semaglutide, one of the first drugs specifically designed for weight loss. For some, it’s been a godsend. But is it also promoting fatphobia?
‘Bombay Dreams’ Was Supposed to Open Doors for South Asian Musicals
But it will be nearly 20 years before audiences will see others, such as ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Come Fall in Love,’ grace Broadway — the biggest theater industry in the English-speaking world.
The Tragic Love of Princess Diana and Hasnat Khan
How the “people’s princess” and a British Pakistani doctor met, fell in love, and fell apart just weeks before her final days.
Justice for M. Night Shyamalan
The Oscar-nominated horror director is one of the most consistently bankable filmmakers. So how did he become a punchline?
How ‘DDLJ’ Went From Screen to Stage
The cast and crew break down what it means to change beloved elements of Aditya Chopra’s 1995 Bollywood blockbuster — but still keep its spirit alive.
‘Shantaram’ Is Yet Another White Savior Story
The TV adaptation of the controversial 2003 novel offers a new format but the same exoticization of India.
The Spicy Texts Between Elon Musk and Parag Agrawal
Ahead of the Twitter vs. Musk trial, recently released text messages between the billionaire and current Twitter CEO reveal drama and chaos.
‘House of the Dragon’ Director Geeta Vasant Patel Breaks Down Episode 8
The “Lord of Tides” director discusses her favorite scenes, how she got the gig, and what’s next for the epic fantasy series.
The Battle for the Bill
“I’ve seen people pull credit cards out of each other’s hands, yell at each other while our server is standing there, and then go home quietly. There’s no shame.”
How ‘Joyland’ Got Made and Found Love
The Pakistani movie questioning gender norms and family expectations took six years to make. Now, it’s taking the festival circuit by storm.
What Happened to Zayn?
Despite being the first One Direction member to go solo and release a popular debut album, the pop star has fallen off the charts and out of the spotlight.
Jameela Jamil Has Entered Her Villain Era
The ‘She-Hulk’ star opened up about the freedom of playing a supervillain and dealing with haters in real life.
‘Come Fall in Love’ Review: Fun, But No ‘DDLJ’
The upbeat musical is entertaining but will leave fans of the 1995 Bollywood classic sorely disappointed.
‘Gilmore Girls’ and Its Unlikely South Asian Fanbase
The intergenerational television series had some real “log kya kahenge?” vibes.
Why More South Asians Are Rejecting Marriage
Though South Asians are among the most likely to be married, singles are increasingly ditching age-old expectations and rewriting what relationships and commitment can look like.
Young the Giant is Changing the Face of Indie Rock
With album ‘American Bollywood,’ frontman Sameer Gadhia fuses Indian and American music, adding a new sound — and story — to a predominantly white space.
Why the ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3 Finale Hit So Hard
We talked series co-creator Lang Fisher and star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan about Devi’s dilemma and the decision few viewers saw coming.
The Endless Frustration of South Asian Hair Loss
For a culture that has long revered long, thick hair, community members are finding that traditional hair care rituals and advice are falling short.
The Fight to Teach Partition in the West
Despite significant South Asian populations, U.S., U.K., and Canadian schools rarely teach students about one of the largest and deadliest mass migrations in history.
Stick With ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3
While the new season initially feels formulaic, the show ultimately evolves into something more profound.
Falling in Love with Suraj Sharma in ‘Wedding Season’
A decade after his debut in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi,’ the actor is back in lead roles and says he’s found his “happy place.”
Pallavi Sharda on Why ‘Wedding Season’ Feels So “Rare”
“When I read the script, my eyes kind of popped out of their sockets.”
The South Asians of OnlyFans
Thousands of South Asian creators have found sexual and economic empowerment on the X-rated platform — yet their work is shrouded in shame.
The Evolution of South Asian Tattoos
How henna and Sanskrit tattoos became “trendy,” and the South Asian artists reclaiming them.
Sania Khan’s Murder Spotlights Domestic Violence in South Asian Homes
The death of the Pakistani American at the hands of her abusive ex-husband has sparked dialogue about the stigmas of divorce and domestic violence in the community.
How ‘Ms. Marvel’ Put Partition on Screen
We spoke to the team behind the show’s episode on Partition — a historical event seminal to South Asians, yet rarely depicted in Hollywood.
Crying Along With ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’
How the beloved 2011 Bollywood movie turned a bachelor party into a sensitive portrayal of masculinity.
Emmys 2022: Notable South Asian Nominees
More than a dozen shows featuring South Asians — from ‘Ted Lasso’ to ‘Queer Eye’ to ‘Station Eleven’ – earned Emmy nods for excellence in television.
Is South Asian Bridal Makeup Too Expensive?
TikTok has been aflutter with brides sharing what they believe to be “the biggest scam” in the wedding industry.
The Return of the Unibrow
A growing movement of young South Asians is rebelling against Western beauty standards by regrowing and reclaiming their unibrows.
Freida Pinto Wants to Change Who is “Allowed” to Fall in Love On Screen
The ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ actor chats about Black and Brown love, what’s on her relationship checklist, and how Hollywood has diversified since ‘Slumdog.’
Dismantling the Brown “Glow-Up”
The concept of getting hotter with age — also known as “glowing up” — isn’t new, but South Asian TikTok influencers question what this trend really celebrates.
How ‘The Dropout’ Recasts Sunny Balwani as the Angry Brown Man
The new Hulu series generously gives founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes a back story while only villainizing her counterpart, who faces similar charges of fraud.
Are Love is Blind’s Deepti and Shake a Classic Case of Internalized Racism?
The reality show’s Indian couple has lit up the internet after professing to previously dating only blond(e)s, their attraction fizzling days after their engagement.