Racism Is in Bollywood’s DNA

September 16, 2020

We are all influenced by our experiences. Growing up, a number of women have made remarks that have irked or upset me. One colleague once remarked, “The managers like me more because I am fair and I look like a foreigner.” Another lady gave me life advice that still remains an indelible...

Why Kangana Ranaut Is No Longer the “Empowered” Woman India Needs

September 18, 2019

Beware of who you follow, my mother always said, because not everyone has your best interests in mind. I must have forgotten this advice those couple of years when I considered Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to be a female empowerment idol in India. Anyone who follows Bollywood is aware of the...

Interview With Former Porn Star Exposes India’s Misogyny

February 19, 2016

Indian attitudes toward sex are misogynistic and hypocritical. In January, an interview with Sunny Leone, a Canadian-Indian actress and producer, by seasoned journalist Bhupendra Chaubey took India by storm. Before becoming the Bollywood star she is today, Leone worked in the adult entertainment...

India’s Intolerance Debate is Exacerbated by a Bollywood Actor

December 03, 2015

A debate over intolerance has spread across India following murders earlier this year, while a leading Bollywood actor says the country is unsafe. India is the only country where Jews have lived without persecution, where Parsis from Iran have found a home and where different religions have...