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

19th London Asian Film Festival Opening Gala – Memories Beyond Borders

“…Written and directed by John Upchurch, Mango Dreams follows the journey of Indian resident Dr Amit Singh, a post partition child witness, to return to a place he once called home…”

Read my review on the 19th London Asian Film Festival’s Opening Gala for The Asian Today

Dadism – Parenting NOT Babysitting!

Jason Kavan in Dadism

…”Dadism cleverly narrates the daunting aspect of the pregnancy process through the eyes of a first time father, as he slowly watches his identify change from name to noun and sometimes sheer invisibility, a fear that I’m sure must resonate amongst many new fathers..”

Read my review of Anjali Mya Chadha’s one man show, Dadism, for The Asian Today

Brown Girl Anjali Bhimani Brings a Desi Superhero to Life in Virtual Game ‘Overwatch’

“…I don’t think of heroes just as Superman and Wonder Woman, or even Symmetra and the Overwatch team I think more often they are ordinary people doing extraordinary things….”

Read my exclusive Brown Girl Magazine interview with Anjali Bhamani, the voice of Symmetra in the virtual game Overwatch.

Kathak’s Rising Star – Shyam Dattani

“…Dance for me is the purest expression of one’s character. A dancer’s true nature really shows on stage, and that is the beauty of art, especially Kathak..”

Read my full interview with Kathak’s rising star, Shyam Dattani, who is part of BBC Four’s Young Dancers 2017 competition in the South Asian category final, exclusively for the Asian Today here.

Dadism – The Father’s Voice

“…Dadism is a solo comedy show about a 40-something man becoming a dad for the first time. It’s a comical look at parenting and double standards. The show explores the experience of the pregnancy through a man’s eyes, in particular, what happens to the non-carrying parent?..” 

Read my interview with actor, writer and producer Anjali Mya Chadha on her new play Dadism in The Asian Today here.

Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi

http://www.browngirlmagazine.com/2016/12/amir-khan-familiar-trope-of-monster-mother-laws/

“In an ideal world, the Balaji saas–bahu shows would not be a true reflection of this woman-hating-woman vicious cycle. Independence for women in any form should be celebrated, not hindered.”

My Brown Girl magazine feature looks at the infamous brides vs in-laws saga. Read the full article here