Rachel Dwyer

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

Kajol in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
The Rachel Papers
The Beauty of the Indian Winter

There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes

04 January 2018
Shashi Kapoor, 1981
Shashi Kapoor: The Last Romantic

His image off and onscreen was of a sophisticated and elegant cosmopolitan, but he was also a theth Punjabi, a Kapoor, who lived life big, fond of his drink and food

07 December 2017
Imagining the Idea of Indianness in Hindi cinema
Imagining the Idea of Indianness in Hindi cinema

The national scene

30 November 2017
A still from Baghban
The Rachel Papers
When Booker Comes to Bollywood

The central character badly needs that award to emphasise his heroism

26 October 2017
Karisma Kapoor and Govinda in David Dhawan’s Haseena Maan Jayegi (1999)
The Rachel Papers
Dancing in the Dark

It’s the rhythm of life in Hindi cinema

27 September 2017
The classic story of Devdas in its 2009 adaptation Dev.D, directed by Anurag Kashyap
The Rachel Papers
Missing in the Scene

Why mainstream Hindi cinema rarely raises caste as a social issue

20 July 2017
The Promise of Summer
The Rachel Papers
The Promise of Summer

But in Indian cinema it’s oppressive and unpleasant

29 June 2017
A scene from Sholay
The Rachel Papers
Friends Are Forever

The many shades of love and friendship in Hindi cinema

25 May 2017
Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Singh with Nirupa Roy, who plays the iconic mother in Deewaar (1975)
The Rachel Papers
All About Family Values

When movie mothers are no longer saintly widows in white saris

27 April 2017


Mehr Tarar

Mehr Tarar is a well-known Pakistani columnist and author

Nanditha Krishna

Nanditha Krishna is a historian, author and environmentalist, and director of the CPR Institute of Indological Research in Chennai

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of the forthcoming book Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity. Views are personal

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His next book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism, will be published in early 2018 by Cambridge University Press


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