From cinema to television to streaming platforms, South Asians have been part of some of the most iconic projects — from Netflix’s Never Have I Ever and Indian Matchmaking to Bollywood classics such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Rangeela to diaspora gems such as Bend It Like Beckham and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle to masterpieces such as Jallikattu.
We’ve also interviewed and profiled some of the biggest movers and shakers in the industry, from Riz Ahmed, Mira Nair, Aneesh Chaganty, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Neeraj Ghaywan to Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, and Aparna Shewakramani.
Why it matters: The Hindi film industry was technically founded in the Indian subcontinent only a year after Hollywood, in 1912. Yet, most media coverage of our rich contribution to cinema and television goes unexplored or reduces analysis to “representation.” We re-examine, report on, and review films or shows we might have loved earlier, the geopolitics of filmmaking and tv-making today, and where the industry is going.
April 13, 2022
How 'RRR' and 'Baahubali' Raised the Bar for the Indian Blockbuster
Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli has achieved the Hollywood blockbuster effect — using large budgets for even larger box office payoffs — by turning Indian folklore and the freedom struggle into must-see epics.
December 17, 2021
In ‘Writing with Fire,’ Dalit Women Redefine What it Means to Be Powerful
The documentary is not just the story of the remarkable women-run media company Khabar Lahariya, but that of India's underserved Dalit communities, of news going digital, of press freedom.
December 3, 2021
For The Great British Baking Show's Crystelle Pereira, Passion Means More Than Perfection
We sat down with the finalist to chat about focaccia, the one spice she can’t live without, why she didn’t kiss Mr. Spatula, and what’s next.
October 22, 2021
How Mughals Turned Into Hindi Cinema’s Newest Villains
From “Mughal-e-Azam” to “Jodhaa Akbar,” Bollywood has long been fascinated with the stories and extravagance of the Mughal empire. But in recent years, films have reduced the Muslim rulers to caricatured villains.