Poulomi Das

Poulomi Das is a film, gender and culture writer and editor based in India. She writes about movies at the intersection of gender, identity, socio-political commentary, and sexual health. Her writing has been published in Arré, The Hindu Business Line, The Swaddle, and Business Insider.

Latest articles

How India Fell In — and Out — of Love with Beauty Pageants

A 1992 Miss Universe loss would lead to over a decade of Indian domination at global beauty contests.

Poulomi Das

December 01, 2021

How India Fell In — and Out — of Love with Beauty Pageants

Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India

Though they couldn’t find any drugs on him, officials arrested Shah Rukh Khan’s son during a drug raid and denied him bail — a reminder that being Muslim in India means living at the government’s mercy.

Poulomi Das

October 15, 2021

Opinion: Aryan Khan is Paying the Price for Being Muslim in India

The Rise of Anti-Pakistan Bollywood

Patriotic movies used to evoke national unity. Today, films such as “BellBottom,” “Bhuj,” and “Shershaah” focus on settling scores with Pakistan.

Poulomi Das

September 14, 2021

The Rise of Anti-Pakistan Bollywood

How Nighties Became a Wardrobe Staple for South Asian Women

In a culture where women’s bodies are so heavily policed, the shapeless nighttime garment has become a daywear favorite and a symbol of freedom.

Poulomi Das

August 25, 2021

How Nighties Became a Wardrobe Staple for South Asian Women

How Nykaa Built a Billion-Dollar Beauty and Fashion Empire

The female-led unicorn is set to make history as one of the few profitable Indian companies to IPO later this year.

Poulomi Das

August 04, 2021

How Nykaa Built a Billion-Dollar Beauty and Fashion Empire

The Enduring Love of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu

The Bollywood superstars remained devoted to each other over five decades despite personal tragedy, jealousy, and a secret second marriage.

Poulomi Das

August 03, 2021

The Enduring Love of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu

Why “Delhi Belly” Remains Bollywood’s Best Slacker Comedy

Ten years ago, Bollywood made a runaway hit about that period in your 20s when life goes to shit. No film has since come close to replicating it.

Poulomi Das

July 22, 2021

Why “Delhi Belly” Remains Bollywood’s Best Slacker Comedy

Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens

The revelation has led to widespread civilian outrage and paranoia. Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of treason in what’s being touted as “India’s Watergate.”

Poulomi Das and Imaan Sheikh

July 21, 2021

Pegasus: How Israeli Software Spied on Indian Citizens

The Powerful Lens of Danish Siddiqui

The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, who died amid Taliban crossfire, vividly humanized his subjects — a gaze that didn’t look down on people, but right at them.

Poulomi Das

July 19, 2021

The Powerful Lens of Danish Siddiqui

What Zomato’s IPO Means for Indian Tech Startups

The first Indian IPO of the year, which raised $1.25 billion for the company, could herald a new era of exits for Indian tech startups.

Poulomi Das

July 15, 2021

What Zomato’s IPO Means for Indian Tech Startups
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