“Kapoor & Sons” and a brief history of “family” in Bollywood

Shakun Batra’s “Kapoor & Sons” (2016) is the latest example of how Bollywood's portrayal of the family is changing dramatically. The film is about the Kapoors, living in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor hill station (nobody knows how these Punjabis landed there). The husband and wife (Rajat Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah) play a perennially quarrelling married couple, … Continue reading “Kapoor & Sons” and a brief history of “family” in Bollywood

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The return of Shefali Shetty

(Stills from the trailer of "Dil Dhadakne Do") Once upon a time on a humid day in Delhi, I sat inside a crowded staff room of a university for an admission interview. The hall was teeming with students eager to display their skills in the extra-curricular activities category. Since they didn't score well enough to … Continue reading The return of Shefali Shetty