Rupinder Kaur: Caste in Pataal Lok, Panjab and the Diaspora

Pataal Lok (2020) is a crime investigation Amazon Prime series produced by the Indian film actress Anushka Sharma. After its release, earlier this year, many Indians and diaspora Sikhs took to social media to air their disdain on the portrayal of jatt Sikh men in the context of caste discrimination and violence. Rupinder Kaur is a … Continue reading Rupinder Kaur: Caste in Pataal Lok, Panjab and the Diaspora

The Diaspora Screen Media Network

The Diaspora Screen Media Network (DSMN) is a research project headed by Professor Janet Wilson (Principal Investigator), Professor Rajinder Dudrah (Co Investigator) and Dr David Simmons (Research Co-Ordinator). DSMN explores the new developments taking place in Black British and British Asian cinema and screen media in the digital age. The network does this by bringing … Continue reading The Diaspora Screen Media Network

MannMukti on Mental Health

Tell us about MannMukti and what prompted you to start the organisation?   In the fall of 2015, I lost my childhood best friend to mental illness. I felt that what he went through could’ve been avoided or at least improved if there was something to encourage South Asians to open up about mental health. … Continue reading MannMukti on Mental Health

Interview: Is there a denial of caste discrimination in India?

Since researching caste studies and sharing those findings on my social media pages I have learnt much about the experiences of my followers through online interactions. Initially I experienced a strong reluctance from people in the diaspora when opening a dialogue on caste discrimination. With time this gradually changed. I now find myself reading comments … Continue reading Interview: Is there a denial of caste discrimination in India?

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

Women of colour in Film and TV: Script Editor Naz Ahmed on defying the odds

MY JOURNEY AS A CREATIVE WOMAN WHO DEFYED THE ODDS… As with any journey, I guess one should start right at the very beginning. So, nearly thirty years ago, I remember telling someone about my hope to work in television someday. He laughed at me and said the closest I would ever get to a … Continue reading Women of colour in Film and TV: Script Editor Naz Ahmed on defying the odds

Interview: Kapil Seshasayee launches his first music album on the caste system

Kapil Seshasayee is a Scottish Indian artist and musician who is releasing his first music album "A Sacred Bore" on September 14th.  Kapil was born in Tamil Nadu India and moved to Scotland when he was a year old. Having always had a passion for music, Kapil works with Scottish bands as a promoter and … Continue reading Interview: Kapil Seshasayee launches his first music album on the caste system

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

An Indian Summer in Leicester

Having started in August and running until the end of October, An Indian Summer is a vibrant festival celebrating South Asian culture in the heart of Leicester city over three months: from applauding the arts with Belgrave Road’s first street art mural painted by Mono, to a special open screening of the Bollywood movie Dilwale … Continue reading An Indian Summer in Leicester

The Pink Ladoo Project – Interview with founder Raj Khaira

The Pink Ladoo Project is an inspiring campaign headed by London based lawyer and activist Raj Khaira. Having started in October 2015, its followers have grown on social media to a more than 30,000, and this can be attributed to the success of the overall message of the online campaign. In an interview with me … Continue reading The Pink Ladoo Project – Interview with founder Raj Khaira