Tag: Mumbai

Filmi Ladies on LGBTQIA+ Hindi Films!

The Film Ladies podcast, including the Gutter’s own Beth Watkins, discuss LGBTQIA+ Hindi films! “Delightful and very smart filmmaker, writer, and journalist Nihit Bhave (Sacred Games, Choked, Dobaaraa, Phir Kabhi) joins us to talk about Hindi films with LGBTQIA+ stories and characters. The new Madhuri Dixie film Maja […]

The Gutter’s own Beth on Shamshera!

The Gutter’s own Beth writes about the 1970s masala movie, Shamshera, at Beth Loves Bollywood! “For all the complaints that Shamshera is old-fashioned…well yes, it is, gloriously so, beautifully executing a known formula with a weariness and bitterness that are perfectly suited to right now. As I watched, […]

Demon Seed: Rudraksh

Rudraksh (2004) is a famously terrible Bollywood movie. Since I first started watching Hindi films in 2005, I have read multiple blog posts gleefully detailing its shortcomings, and an Indian comedy duo made further mincemeat out of it in an episode of their recent series “Pretentious Movie Reviews”: […]

Bengali Noir

“Looking for film noir in India is to miss the point of Indian cinema altogether.”–Lalitha Gopalan, “Bombay Noir,” A Companion to Film Noir. (Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2013). There’s a lot about Calcutta—the center of the Bengali film industry, metropolitan capital of the state of West Bengal, […]

The Many Faces of Ra.One

Mainstream Hindi cinema doesn’t particularly gravitate towards making superhero films. It hardly needs to, given what physical feats the average film hero can pull off anyway. But like many parts of the world, Indian audiences certainly have a taste for American-style superhero films, so home-grown characters pop up, […]