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Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Bareilly Ki Barfi

(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) The review of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s first feature film, Nil Battey Sannata, began in these pages with an appreciation for the film passing the Bechdel Test. Not always a quality indicator, it was still rare and important that a film from Bollywood passed it. Tiwari’s… Continue reading Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Bareilly Ki Barfi

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Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha

(An edited version was published in The New Indian Express) In Alankrita Shrivastava’s ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, women in Bhopal – in what counts as a second-tier city setting – are trapped in myriad ways. The setting is important. We’ve seen independent women in Hindi cinema before and we see them almost week in week… Continue reading Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha