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Hindi cinema

Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi

Othering the Unlikeable Woman in Hindi Cinema

When I saw Alia Bhatt’s gloriously flawed Kaira in the film 'Dear Zindagi' (2016), I felt so gratified I could have jumped up and cheered. To paraphrase, she resolutely sheds the burden that Hindi film heroines have been hefting on their always-delicate shoulders since the first hero whistled wolfishly across the street – the need to be relentlessly likeable.
A film still of Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor dancing with Holi colours thrown on them. Over the picture is a screenshot of a tweet that reads, "Balam pichkari joh tune mujhe mari, toh seedhi saadhi chhori ne harassment ki FIR likha di. & she was taken seriously. #FeministBollySongs"

Brushstrokes: #FeministBollySongs

Twitter has been rumbling with chuckles and giggles over the last few days with a trending slew of Tweets and memes on popular Bollywood numbers from across the decades. #FeministBollySongs was started by Imaan Sheikh and was taken over by funny feminists all over South Asia (take a bow!). These are some Tweets we found funny…
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