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Noted Youtuber Lilly Singh collides with the world of Rap bringing together three hit Bollywood songs and a generous dollop of feminist messaging.
With the foot tapping, heart beating mash up of three songs – Choli Ke Peeche, All is Well, and Aankh Maarey – Lilly Singh is charting the fusion of rap and Bollywood music with a clear message for the world: “I am a woman with a story, you should get to know me.”
She starts with aplomb with the hit song Choli Ke Peeche and turns it into a motivational anthem close to her heart. She questions the commodification of women and says, “Call me smart before you call me hottie. I am a woman with a story”. About the relentless body shaming of women, she so strongly says, “This body is mine, You can’t make me feel ugly. Only thing gotta change is your mind, If you judge me.”
Without missing a beat, she touches on the concept of consent with, ‘What’s under this bra? Tatas that need consent. If it ain’t your body, I don’t need yuh two cents.’
In the all-round popular song close to everyone’s heart, All is Well, she addresses the mental health and anxiety related issues faced by people all the time. She hits the nail bang on its head with ‘My life gets so out of control…Got 20 problems I made up in my head..Anxiety sleeps next to me in my bed…Listen, you good, all is well. And if it ain’t, tell someone, ask for some help.’
Her third and final song in this explosive rap is the Bollywood superhit ‘Aankh Marey.’ Only this time she uses it to take the cat out of the bag and put the issue of bisexuality out in the open for everyone to gasp and groove along to. ‘You the type of sexy dude, To make me say ‘I do… But then a queen winks at me, She rock my world…This stunning girl.’ She clearly expresses that her interest is piqued by both the man and the woman on the basketball court and she is evaluating both her options.
The YouTube video already has more than received more than a million views and is counting more every second. Viewers have been raving with comments about the iconic twist given to their favourite Bollywood songs. With a common note of feminism running throughout, the song has surely touched a chord close to one’s heart.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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