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Rachel Dwyer

Rachel Dwyer is an author and culture critic based in London. She has written extensively on Hindi cinema and is an Open contributor

Shashi Kapoor, 1981
Cinema
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
Essay
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
Amitabh Bachchan as Anthony Gonsalves in Amar, Akbar, Anthony
The Rachel Papers
My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves

The Goa of Hindi cinema is India’s internal exotica

30 March 2017

Authors

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is the author of several books, including Doolally Sahib and the Black Zamindar: Racism and Revenge in the British Raj

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Views are personal.

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