“While these stories are each unique and personal, they are also everyone’s stories—stories of love and loss, of traditions and funny family jokes. They have the power to remind people that we are all the same.”
Author: Meghna Bhat
Dr. Meghna Bhat is a proud first-generation immigrant from India who has lived in the U.S. for the past 15 years. She received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in Gender and Women Studies, and her dissertation explored images of violence against women in Bollywood Indian cinema and its implications for the Indian diaspora in the United States.
What Does “Feminism” Mean in Bollywood?
Bollywood cinema has come a long way from misogynist, one-dimensional, racialized portrayals of women and feminism—but we have a long way to go towards forging a better understanding of what it means to be feminist in Indian cinema.