100 Years Ago (Some) British Women Won the Right to Vote and Why it Matters Today

After four years of contributing to Brown Girl magazine, last year I undertook the role of UK editor. Since then, the team has slowly but steadily grown. On IWD 2018, I’m extremely proud of the breadth of content these ladies have produced in the last few months. Today, I am proud to share their thoughts on what 100 years of The Right To Vote means to them here for Brown Girl Magazine

Happy IWD to my fab team #IWD2018 #Vote100

The UpEffect—Sheeza Shah’s Mission to Incorporate Social Responsibility

Sheeza Shah

“..Sheeza Shah is the CEO of UpEffect, a unique crowdfunding platform dedicated to social enterprises who aim to give back to those less fortunate. Its’ brand represents companies who go beyond just making profits — they care about the lives they make an impact on and ensure companies incorporate social responsibility…. “

Read Sheeza Shah’s story to success exclusively for Brown Girl Magazine here.

Sridevi – The Loss of A Bollywood Legend and Childhood Icon

“…Sridevi inspired us to dance like no one is watching, laugh so hard that it becomes infectious, and love with passion and soul….”

Read my tribute to the late Sridevi here for Brown Girl Magazine

Beyond The Clouds – Majid Majidi’s Universal Language of Humanity

Beyond The Clouds

“…Starring Ishaan Khattar and Malavika Mohanan, “Beyond the Clouds” takes the audience through the slums of Mumbai, into a journey of social injustice and human empathy…” 

Read my latest Brown Girl magazine feature here on the world premiere of Majid Majidi’s “Beyond The Clouds”.

A Death in The Gunj – Konkana Sensharma’s Dynamic Directorial Debut

A Death in the Gunj Brown Girl Magazine

….”Watching a man become a victim of patriarchy is captured beautifully behind the lens of a female perspective, as it boldly questions why tenderness in a man is challenged by both men and women..”

Read my latest Brown Girl Magzine feature here on Konkana Sensharma’s debut film, A Death in the Gunj, and an exclusive interview with BFI guest curator Meenakshi Shedde..

Truth or Liberation

“.. Aspiring to be a bride is our ultimate achievement, where we swiftly move from our father’s home into our husband’s home, and the namesake follows the same path – neither name nor home is primarily ours. We learn to cook for the masses, because individual portions are not accounted for when inheriting family recipes. When would an occasion ever arise for you to cater for one, unless it’s your pati parmeshwar? …” 

Can a woman’s independence truly be embraced? Read the full article here

Vidya Balan’s ‘Begum Jaan’ Fails to Leave Audiences With Powerful Impact

Begum Jaan

“…Amongst Vidya Balan’s tyrant of man hating abuse, as a victim of consistent misogyny, a glimmer of remorse of endorsing women as sex on legs for a hefty price would have ensured at least some, be it little, empathy…

Read my latest Begum Jaan review exclusively for here Brown Girl Magazine.

Examining Bharti Singh’s Prominence Amidst Bollywood’s Fat-Shaming Culture

Bharti Singh

…”Bharti Singh herself has had made it no secret that despite her initial insecurity about her looks, she used this to her advantage…How do we truly embrace ourselves for who we are if women themselves are self-accepting of their weight being used as humour to entertain the masses?

Read my latest Brown Girl magazine feature on Bharti Singh calling out Bollywood on its fat-shaming culture here

Finding Fatimah – Love in the Digital Era

“….Starring Danny Ashok and Asmara Gabrielle, these singletons’ quest to find love in the digital era of Internet dating takes the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions, often humorous yet enlightening, reminding us that true love is not always exempt from societal created boundaries….”

Read my review on Finding Fatimah for the Asian Today here

Global Arts Kingston goes Bold for Change for International Women’s Day

GAK IWD 2017

“…By recognising and celebrating the inspirational women of Kingston-Upon-Thames whose contribution to social, community and economic areas of the borough, Global Arts Kingston echoed its own voice to #BeBoldForChange!…”

Read all about Global Arts Kingston International Women’s Day event in The Asian Today