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

A scene from Bawarchi
The Rachel Papers
Good Taste in Movies

The sensual pleasures of food haven’t been fully explored in cinema

02 March 2017
A scene from PK
The Rachel Papers
Battling the Gods

In Indian cinema, atheists become believers by the end of the film

25 January 2017
Christmas celebrations at Trafalgar Square, London
New Year Double Issue
Once in Royal David’s City

We celebrate multiple Christmases

22 December 2016
Seeking Bollywood in Brazil
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Seeking Bollywood in Brazil

Indian soft power has to travel beyond familiar shores

24 November 2016
Nargis Dutt, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in Andaz
Wealth Issue 2016: Essay
Hindi cinema: The Aesthetics of Excess

It’s glorious to be rich in Hindi cinema

26 October 2016
A still from Rockstar
The Rachel Papers
The Pleasures of Melancholy

It is a reflective sorrow, the mood of a creative person. It leads to the desire to be alone

13 October 2016
Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla in Darr
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Presence of Mind

Why were the films which established Shah Rukh Khan as a major star those that showed him as a psychopath?

22 September 2016
Going Beetroot
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Going Beetroot

Not feeling fruity? Go veg out

18 August 2016
Love Life: Guru Dutt and Mala Sinha in Pyaasa
Thirst for Change

The Liberating Songs of Pyaasa

10 August 2016
Shree 420, 1955: Raj Kapoor and Nargis in the iconic ‘Pyaar Hua, Ikraar Hua’ scene
Hindi Cinema: Singing in the Rain

Our columnist returns to the classic monsoon songs of Hindi cinema. A seasonal reminder of love and longing, desire and sorrow

20 July 2016


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