Hindi cinema

‘Jawan’ treads with caution in an India on edge

Shah Rukh Khan and the director Atlee’s tedious blockbuster has a veneer of being political even as it bends to prevailing winds – and its gender bias does not help

| Sep 12, 2023

In ‘Agra’, a grim portrait of the repressed Indian man

Director Kanu Behl’s Hindi feature film examines the sexual obsession and frustration of men, mental health and the transactional nature of human relationships in a patriarchal society where space is in short supply

| May 30, 2023

Style and the city

Two writers explore the politics of fashion in Bombay and Delhi.

From ‘Mother India’ to ‘Mission Mangal’

Homegrown technologies at the service of Indian nationalism in Hindi cinema.

| Sep 18, 2019

Encounters with Bollywood in Kabul

How Southasia’s dominant film industry is embraced but also appropriated by Kabulis.

| Sep 15, 2013

Hindi cinema, Indian cinema

Will Bollywood's globalising success smother Indian cinema as a whole? It will unless we get wise to the power and potential of regional-language film

| Mar 24, 2006

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