Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, University of London

Salman Khan in Dabangg
The Rachel Papers
My Indian Hall of Fame

No matter how long the list, there’s always a film I miss

01 November 2018
Zeenat Aman in Hare Rama Hare Krishna
The Rachel Papers
The Twain Shall Meet, But...

When Indian films celebrate the West for all the wrong reasons

04 October 2018
Nargis struggles to save her village from a flood in Mother India
The Rachel Papers
Flood, Mud and Blood

Water as a giver and destroyer of life is a widespread cultural norm

30 August 2018
Richard Attenborough as the Scottish General Outram in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977)
The Rachel Papers
Scotch Whimsy

Of bagpipes and Indian popular culture

02 August 2018
Salman Khan as Tiger the action hero in Tiger Zinda Hai
The Rachel Papers
Eye of the Tiger

What Salman Khan’s stardom says about sexuality and ageing in India

28 June 2018
The great train robbery of Northwest Frontier
Travel Issue 2018
Mumbai Mail

My train journey across Hindi cinema

03 May 2018
Being Salman Khan
Being Salman Khan

The matinee masculinity of Hindi cinema’s biggest star

12 April 2018
A scenefrom movie Awaara
The Rachel Papers
The Intimate Fantasy

Desire in Indian cinema is best expressed in dream sequences

05 April 2018
Sridevi in Chandni
Sridevi (1963-2018)
Farewell, Our Chandni of Moonlit Romance

She could change expressions as quickly as clouds pass over the sun. In moments, it could change from sad, happy, adoring or scared to surprise. Her huge eyes with long lashes seem too exaggerated to be real, and when she rolls them in silliness, winks in naughtiness or fills them with tears, they are unmissable. She wrinkles her nose and pouts, bites her lip and smiles

28 February 2018
Lalita Pawar
The Rachel Papers
The Perfect Mausi

Aunts don’t really get their due in Hindi cinema

08 February 2018


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Nanditha Krishna

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Makarand R Paranjape

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Sumantra Bose

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