A digital magazine on sexuality, based in the Global South: We are working towards cultivating safe, inclusive, and self-affirming spaces in which all individuals can express themselves without fear, judgement or shame

Bollywood

Still showing actress Katrina Kaif wearing a white shart and black hat

सिनेमा, संगीत और सहमति पर बातचीत

गाने अक्सर फिल्मों से अधिक लोकप्रिय होते है और अपने अलग ही मतलब का निर्माण करते हैं। इनका मतलब उनता ही विविध है जितना इनको सुनने वाले लोग। मैं यह बिल्कुल नहीं मानता कि हम जो फिल्म और चित्र देखते है उसका हमारे जीवन पर सीधा असर पड़ता है। हिंसक या अन्यथा मूर्खतापूर्ण कार्यों के लिए दोषी वह ही हैं जो यह कार्य करते हैं और वे जो उन्हें बेहतर शिक्षा दे सकते थे पर उन्होंने ऐसा नहीं किया। शिक्षा और बातचीत से हम युवाओं को सही समझ और बेहतर निर्णय लेने के लिए सक्षम बनाते हैं।
Two sex workers standing and talking outside a chawl. They both are dressed in sarees, and are wearing a red bindi on their forehead.

Review: What Sex Work Taught Feminism: Tales of the Night Fairies

Note: Five sex workers – four women and one man – along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Shohini Ghosh’s Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organising and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The labyrinthine city of Kolkata (Calcutta) forms the backdrop for personal and musical journeys.
Still from a Bollywood song. A woman in white dress.

Video Page: ‘Zinda Laash’, Bollywood’s Norms for ‘Dhandewali’s

"'Dhandewali's must smoke; paan is a must; a 'dhandewali' can never escape her identity; 'dhandewali's must dress ‘differently’… Spanning over 6 decades of Bollywood cinema, 'Zinda Laash' highlights how very little has changed across the ages when it comes to the industry’s representation of women in prostitution. Humorously drawing attention to stereotypes, while poignantly highlighting myths, 'Zinda Laash' is a tribute to every sex worker who is not recognised as a woman or a human being."
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…
x