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Upasana Dandona

A (Literature turned) Human Rights Law student who spends most of their time watching (and thinking about) Bollywood films.

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Hush Hush
Why Does Hush Hush Feel Like A Disappointing Mash-Up Of Paatal Lok & Made In Heaven?

Award winning writer Juhi Chaturvedi (Piku) and Director Tanuja Chandra (Qarib Qarib Singlle) manage to mess up web series Hush Hush. What happened?!

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Ek Villain Returns Is The Kind Of Garbage That Bollywood Must Stop Creating

It's unbelievable that in our society today, a man can openly talk about being violent to an ex-partner, but a woman is trolled for speaking of domestic or sexual abuse.

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5 Reasons To Avoid Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives Season 2

It is safe to assume that Neelam Kothari took her role in Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) very seriously, because she is a stereotypical pativrata nari whose entire life revolves around her husband. 

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5 Things We Learn About The Delhi Police From The 2nd Season Of Delhi Crime

“Courage comes at a price,” for the officers, especially women, who go against the orders of their seniors, even as they are doing the 'right thing'.

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5 Irresponsible, Gendered Notions Endorsed By Indian Matchmaking Season 2!

Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.

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4 Reasons Why Season 2 Of Masaba Masaba Is A Fail!

Did the creators of Masaba Masaba just wake up one morning, go to the sets and decide to create something absolutely random without putting any thought into it?

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5 Reasons Why We Must Applaud Janhvi Kapoor’s Black Comedy ‘Good Luck Jerry’!

Honestly, I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover by considering Janhvi Kapoor to be a stereotypical star, but she's worked hard on this one!

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As Someone Not Really Interested, I Shouldn’t Have To See Ranveer’s Nudes Everywhere I Go Online!

Are all websites showing Ranveer's nudes assuming that everyone is interested in seeing people naked, or is there no other piece of news more important than a man’s sweaty biceps?

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Is Samrat Prithviraj As ‘Progressive’ A Film As So Many People Claim?

The message the filmmakers tried to convey wasn’t about "women not deserving to live after facing sexual violence" which is problematic in itself, but instead about women not deserving to live at all after losing their husbands.

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Indian Content Creators Need To Stop Making Transphobic Reels In The Name Of Entertainment!

Indian content creators, especially cis het men, need to understand that it isn't enough to give a mere disclaimer saying "it's for entertainment" when this transphobic content reaches so many millions.

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5 Compelling Reasons Why The Netflix Web Series SHE Is Misunderstood

We need more fictional characters like Bhumika, the protagonist of SHE, who doesn’t need men to rescue her from her misfortunes.

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Alia Bhatt’s Pregnancy Is Not A Reason For Us To Shame Her

Alia Bhatt is pregnant and happy about it - it's not our job to accuse her of 'trapping' her partner into marriage or shaming her for the timing of it.

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3 Old Tropes About Women That Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Bores Us With

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 might have had a box office collection of 260 crores INR and entertained Indian audiences, but it's full of problematic stereotypes.

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With Samrat Prithviraj, Bollywood Yet Again Dismisses Women’s Agency While Glorifying ‘Family Honour’

With Samrat Prithiviraj, Bollywood continues to 'remind' women that they're nothing without men, that they have no right to make choices of their own.

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Why Do Female Comedians Like Mallika Dua & Srishti Srivastava Find Their Talents Unappreciated?

Whether it is in stand-up comedy or in Bollywood, female comedians in India find that they don't receive fair treatment.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, When PMS Gets Unbearably Brutal & Extreme

Even though the most common symptom of premenstrual dysphoric disorder includes extreme mood swings, there is a lot more to it than that.

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Be Ashamed, Bollywood! Once Again, An Ageing Hero Plays Son Or Lead Opposite A Much Younger Woman!

While 57 year old Khan, being a man, enjoys the luxury of "ageing gracefully", 41 year old Mona Singh must give in to our societal norms where older women are considered to be easily disposable. 

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Newly Released Heropanti 2 & Upcoming Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Will Possibly Rival Each Other For This Crazy Reason!

Bollywood still considers women to be nothing but metrosexual-men-chasers who can only dress up and dance with machismos when they take a break from fighting comical villains.

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Will Smith Is Penalised, But What About Men Like Chris Rock Who Must Stop Making ‘Jokes’ About Women’s Bodies?

When will the world realise that something they’re casually making fun of is someone else’s reality, and it's not Ok to do so?

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‘She Wasn’t Harassed, She’s Just An Attention Seeking Slut!’ & 24 More Things Men Say With Impunity!

Men around us say these things everyday, and get away with it. Most say it with actual intention to abuse and harass. That's just deliberately toxic behaviour.

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5 Bollywood Movies That Will Stop You From Dismissing Your Own Abuse

Whether it is raising one’s voice against injustice or starting therapy, nothing can be achieved if we allow the world to impact our decisions. 

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Problematic Party Anthems: 6 Times When Badshah Preached Harassment of Women

Such songs by men usually glorify toxic masculinity and are all about disregarding women's consent and agency, and Badshah is one of those - time to call out such songs.

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The Fame Game: When Will The Indian Media Stop Messing Up Stories Of Ambitious Women?

It seemed as if the writers of The Fame Game deliberately condemned and punished protagonist Anamika just because she wanted to act in her self-interest

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I Know What I’m Doing, So Just Stop Your Mansplaining!

“I don’t know why you have to get so angry about the smallest of things,” he says. “Oh, so I am the one who’s wrong now?” I ask.

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Why I Found The Song ‘Meri Jaan’ From Gangubai Kathiawadi Visually Disturbing

In the video, it becomes clear that Gangubai pushes Afshan away multiple times, with the intensity of her push increasing each time. However, he takes her seriously only when she aggressively slaps him.

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Gehraiyaan – Why Is The Indian Audience Always Supposed To Forgive Spoilt And Condescending Men?

Why does the man always get to cherrypick the women in his life, why do the female characters have to compete with one another for a man’s attention, and why is the Indian audience supposed to forgive a condescending male hero?

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From Dolce & Gabbana to ‘Smart Like Shabana’: How I Embraced My True Self

She was seeking validation from men for the 'perfect' feminine appearance... until she realized that pandering to the male gaze was eclipsing her own identity.

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