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Too scary for comfort

Will Akshay Kumar’s Laxmmi Bomb make a difference in Bollywood’s depiction of the transgender community on-screen? If there’s one actor in Bollywood who is known for being politically correct –…

Locked down for fun

Bigg Boss has always been notorious for its content. But hate it or love it, you just couldn’t avoid it Imagine being locked up in a big house with 13…

Not much method in the madness

Bollywood’s history of manhandling mental health goes a long way, but there’s still hope It was 2016 when a film created waves for depicting a social issue aptly on-screen. The…

Ganging up, banging on

Bollywood’s #MeToo marks two years of the movement that started with allegations of sexual misconduct against Nana Patekar and has now stung Anurag Kashyap. But India’s legal system has been…

True stories from the heart

A community media organisation, Video Volunteers, gives voice to our society’s unheard voices and puts a face to the statistics about poverty and marginalisation What’s the best way to portray the…

Is Kangana Ranaut  still in her ‘Manikarnika’ mode?

Two women have lately been hogging all the limelight – but for all the wrong reasons. One is Rhea Chakraborty – who needs no introduction (unless you are living under…

Mirror to millennial moods

Netflix’s ‘Masaba Masaba’ has its protagonist depicting the lives of young working women like never before — it may be a ficitonalised story of a famous mother and daughter, but…

Voice of the voiceless

Critically acclaimed Dalit writer Manoranjan Byapari has finally got his due after life-long struggle. He speaks to Patriot about his journey so far — his literary endeavours, achievements, struggles, fight…

What women want, periodically

Period leave from work is what women dreamt of Zomato’s new policy for its staff makes it a reality It was that “time of the month,” and Samira* had no…