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Imaan Sheikh

Imaan Sheikh is Culture Editor at The Juggernaut. She's based in Toronto, used to write for BuzzFeed India, and hails from Karachi.

The Accidental Feminist Side-Effects of 2000s Hindi Remixes

The naughty genre served as an unintentional glimpse into a world where young women could just have fun.

Imaan Sheikh

March 31, 2021

Noor Jehan: The Light of the Closet

How the singer born in pre-Independence Punjab became a contemporary icon for sex workers, dissenters, and queer people.

Imaan Sheikh

March 19, 2021

Helen, the Glittering Mehbooba of Bollywood

Draped in lace, rhinestones, and fur, Helen claimed and rebranded the archetype of a vamp.

Imaan Sheikh

March 10, 2021

“Bhaji on the Beach” and the Magic of Communal Unlearning

Against the symbolic backdrop of the beach, Gurinder Chadha and Meera Syal’s film captures what a single fleeting day of freedom can do for Brown women.

Imaan Sheikh

March 03, 2021

Rekha, Amitabh, Jaya: A Silsila of Deprivation

Decades later, Bollywood’s most infamous love triangle seems even more tragic than we first thought.

Imaan Sheikh

February 24, 2021

Nisha Ganatra and the Whole Picture

The director behind 'Late Night' and 'Chutney Popcorn' forges masterpieces by centering the full lives of her diverse characters, not just their identities.

Imaan Sheikh

February 19, 2021

Why Everyone is Talking About Disha Ravi

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted out a toolkit to help mobilize allies of India’s protesting farmers. Here’s how it led to the arrest of a student in Bangalore.

Imaan Sheikh

February 15, 2021

Why Everyone is Talking About Nodeep Kaur

The Dalit labor rights activist, who protested alongside farmers, was arrested on January 12. Allegations of her torture and sexual assault at the hands of police have garnered international attention.

Michaela Stone Cross and Imaan Sheikh

February 11, 2021

The Horny Sophistication of “Choli Ke Peeche”

Let’s take a walk down mammary lane and dissect the scandal and power that surrounded one of Bollywood’s most tastefully titillating songs to date.

Imaan Sheikh

February 10, 2021

Black TikTok, Brown Culture

With perfect pronunciation and killer Bhangra moves, Black TikTokers are going viral taking on South Asian music.

Imaan Sheikh

February 02, 2021

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