A world beyond Bollywood

As a programmer of Indian and South Asian cinema working with Western festivals, it has always seemed bizarre to me that Bollywood and mainstream Indian films – those with stars, songs and dancing – have so often been programmed alongside arthouse cinema from other countries. At the Berlinale, for instance, where I have worked since […]

Nepotism Is Not Just A Bollywood Problem

Over the last several days, the entire debate about nepotism in Bollywood has resurfaced after a lame attempt at a joke at the IIFA Awards landed filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan in a social media mess. The outrage many rightly felt was specifically targeting the self-made actress Kangana Ranaut. […]