Built on drama, jealousy, lies, and mistrust, Firangi Bahu was just like every other saas/bahu drama on Indian television, with one exception, a British bahu instead of a homegrown one. After one dreadful season, Sahara One cancelled it. The show shows Camili (British born 20 something) who met Pranay (a wealthy Gujurati boy studying in London) […]Read More Firangi Bahu- Does This Really Represent Indian/Western Marriages?
One of the hottest songs of 2012 “Fevicol” from Dabangg 2 shows item girl Kareena Kapoor Khan dancing with Salman Khan, in a neon lit Kanpur brothel. Available girls hang from every window and the clinking of payal can practically be heard as young girls follow Kareena in a seductive dance. By-standing men throw wads of rupees […]Read More Does Bollywood Portray Sex Slavery as Cute and Funny?
“We all have our parts to play in society, and we must all be allowed to play them.” -Lord Grantham There are striking similarities between the formal, high context cultures of the grand homes of early 20th century England and modern Indian society. Many of the quotable moments of the much beloved English drama are almost […]Read More What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Indian Society
We recently started getting Hindi channels at home in the US. The other day I mentioned to another non-desi friend, that I had watched the Colors Screen Awards on my new channels. When I mentioned this, she asked me “Wow Jess, so do you know the actors and actresses enough to get all the nuances […]Read More Don’t Risk Being a Bollywood Outsider
A lot of people have asked me over the past year: “What do you think of the show Outsourced?” “Did Outsourced really depict India?” “Is the work environment in India really like that” In the beginning NBC had a lot of potential material to work with. Most Americans are curious about exotic India. A fascinating […]Read More Why I Found NBC’s “Outsourced” Irrelevant