Sholay & Slanguages: Kitne dialogues hai – in popular culture?

In 2020 Ramesh Sippy’s superhit film Sholay turns forty-five. The journal of South Asian Popular Culture have called for papers and presentations to be submitted for its one day symposium at Birmingham City University. Academics and fans of popular Hindi cinema will come together to celebrate and debate the 45th milestone of one of Indian … Continue reading Sholay & Slanguages: Kitne dialogues hai – in popular culture?

Faraz Arif Ansari on Filmmaking & Queer Identity

Faraz Arif Ansari is an Indian filmmaker and the director of Sisak, India's first silent LGBT film. I came across his work at the first British Asian LGBT conference held in Birmingham in the UK in 2018 where Sisak was screened at the day's end. Faraz and I connected on twitter after the screening of … Continue reading Faraz Arif Ansari on Filmmaking & Queer Identity

Conversations on Caste – working on my Documentary

This year I start my journey as a filmmaker by working on my first documentary. My chosen topic of research is the Indian caste system within a UK context with focus on the Sikh diaspora. This is a year-long project, involving a lot of research which is often thought-provoking: Why and how does the caste … Continue reading Conversations on Caste – working on my Documentary

All India Bakchod’s ‘The Bollywood Diva Song’ – Interview with the writers

Popular Indian comedy group All India Bakchod, commonly referred to as AIB, created a rather excellent music video earlier this year starring Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut. AIB released ‘The Bollywood Diva Song’ in September to their more than six million followers on twitter; to date it has has received over seven million views. The ‘diva’ … Continue reading All India Bakchod’s ‘The Bollywood Diva Song’ – Interview with the writers

The Birmingham Indian Film Festival: Interview with Dharmesh Rajput Head of Cinema

Europe’s largest Indian film festival arrived in Birmingham on 23 June, with a packed programme full of exciting new films and pre-and post-screening talks with cast and crew members of the selected movies. The Birmingham film premiere of the historical epic The Black Prince (dir. Kavi Raz), marked the beginning of the festival in Birmingham … Continue reading The Birmingham Indian Film Festival: Interview with Dharmesh Rajput Head of Cinema