May 13, 2022
Northeastern Actors are Finally Getting Their Shot at Bollywood Stardom
Streaming platforms have led to more regional cinema, diverse storytelling, and long-awaited opportunities for northeastern actors. Will mainstream Hindi cinema follow?
March 1, 2022
Where Has Bollywood’s Romance Gone?
In these divisive times, love remains a mere blip — not the central character it once was — in most Hindi films.
December 21, 2021
It’s Time to Bid Bollywood Masala Films a Definitive Goodbye
The genre that once crackled with all the dramatic possibilities of mainstream Hindi cinema and united a country has devolved into divisive, repugnant storylines.
October 15, 2021
Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India
Though they couldn’t find any drugs on him, officials arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son during a drug raid and denied him bail — a reminder that being Muslim in India means living at the government’s mercy.
September 14, 2021
The Rise of Anti-Pakistan Bollywood
Patriotic movies used to evoke national unity. Today, films such as “BellBottom,” “Bhuj,” and “Shershaah” focus on settling scores with Pakistan.
August 31, 2021
How Mani Ratnam’s Terrorism Trilogy Stoked 1990s Nationalism
Though critically acclaimed, the director’s “Roja,” “Bombay,” and “Dil Se...” pushed jingoistic narratives that persist in Bollywood today.
August 3, 2021
The Enduring Love of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu
The Bollywood superstars remained devoted to each other over five decades despite personal tragedy, jealousy, and a secret second marriage.
July 27, 2021
How Bollywood Failed Kashmir
Hindi cinema has long viewed Kashmir through a glossy lens, erasing its people, their agency, and their political histories.
July 22, 2021
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.
July 1, 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.
June 22, 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.
May 25, 2021
The Devolution of Journalism in Hindi Film
Bollywood’s ethical journalists are increasingly disappearing from the screen.
May 7, 2021
Good Ma, Bad Ma
Can Bollywood’s mothers exist between virtue or vice?
March 24, 2021
Why Bollywood Loved — and Lost — Fawad Khan
This year marks almost five years since fans have seen the iconic Pakistani actor in Hindi cinema.
March 10, 2021
Helen, the Glittering Mehbooba of Bollywood
Draped in lace, rhinestones, and fur, Helen claimed and rebranded the archetype of a vamp.
March 5, 2021
Why Bollywood Queens Start in the South
For decades, Hindi cinema has been sourcing its leading ladies from the Southern film industries of India.
February 17, 2021
Why Nigeria Loves Bollywood
With its emphasis on family values and forbidden love, Bollywood has long been popular in Nigeria, influencing the country’s prolific movie industry.
February 10, 2021
The Horny Sophistication of “Choli Ke Peeche”
Let’s take a walk down mammary lane and dissect the scandal and power that surrounded one of Bollywood’s most tastefully titillating songs to date.
January 29, 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.
September 28, 2020
How the Death of a Bollywood Actor Became a Political Proxy War
Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide fueled a four-month-long media circus, with internet mobs and politicians destroying lives and livelihoods in the name of “Justice for Sushant.”
September 10, 2020
25 Years of Rangeela, the Quintessential Ode to Bollywood
Armed with a brilliant cast and a glorious soundtrack by A. R. Rahman, the film is a tribute to Mumbai, moviemaking, and the filmiest of love stories.
January 27, 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.
November 27, 2019
How Bollywood Went Underground
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.
November 18, 2019
Mumbai’s Disappearing Underworld
Bollywood has always drawn inspiration from its home city’s underworld. But where did all the gangsters go?
November 5, 2019
Bollywood Warped the Brown Girl
Almost all Bollywood hits (and flops) from our collective millennial childhood have propagated anti-woman messages.
August 21, 2019
Bollywood’s Hot Boys and Girls
How six-packs became a religion in the world’s largest film industry.
May 7, 2019
Bollywood and the BJP
A biopic on a sitting prime minister, a film glorifying 2016’s surgical strikes, and movies championing Modi’s policies: Bollywood seems increasingly BJP-led.