Bollywood’s women: A Reading List

Continuing the theme guest-blogger Diptakirti riffed on in his previous post, here is a compilation of interesting takes on Bollywood, women, misogyny, gender violence, and much else:

Rituparna Chatterjee, movie editor of, speaks here to her belief that Bollywood is equally culpable in perpetuating the misogyny that is so much a part of Indian culture

And here, Diptakirti Choudhuri speaks of the essential difference (which Bollywood seems unwilling or unable to get, for the most part) between wooing and stalking

And while on that, Anna Vetticad (who with exemplary courage spent a year watching every movie being released in Bollywood before writing about it — here is Jai Arjun Singh’s review) speaks of stalking extensively, in her review of Ranjhanaa

Staying with Anna (and selecting from an exhaustive collection on her blog), here is her review of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, incorporating thoughts of gender equations in the movies

Anna’s review of Houseful 2 deals exhaustively with The Great Bollywood Rape Joke

19 thoughts on “Bollywood’s women: A Reading List

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  7. Hi Prem,

    I have read your translation of Randamoozham – Bhimsen. I thought it was quite fantastic and have been a fan since :-). I just happened to see on your website that there was a book on the same which is out on Flipkart.

    Any reason why you have not published your work?

    Sorry, this comment is out of sync with this topic but I am not on twitter, hence the comment here.


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  9. Are you ever gonna write about cricket again, or is this feminism central now?
    There’s a bunch of things that I wanna say about these posts, but I don’t have the nuance or the vocabulary to put my thoughts in the least respectable manner.
    I’ll come back for the cricket.

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