The shameful history of racism in Bollywood

HOW HINDI CINEMA HAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DARK-SKINNED PEOPLE ACROSS THE DECADES AND HAD A NEGATIVE INFLUENCE ON SOCIETY by ASJAD NAZIR THE death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in America has resulted in protests globally and also triggered a debate about racism in society. There have been protests in cities across […]

Ramadan in the time of Covid-19

CELEBRITIES SPEAK ABOUT THEIR HOPES, PRAYERS AND HEARTFELT WISHES FOR A HEALTHIER WORLD IN THE HOLY MONTH by ASJAD NAZIR RAMADAN is a blessed month for Muslims, and this year it has added significance because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the world and taken the lives of so many. There will be spiritual […]

Asian romance authors ‘can break stereotypes’

LITERARY FICTION OFTEN ‘FETISHISES’ ETHNIC MINORITY CHARACTERS by JEEVANI CHARIKA WHEN Eastern Eye asked me to write this article, it took me a while to work out how to iron out my feelings on the topic. In the end, I thought I would start by telling you about a review that made me cry. I’ve […]

Write Now for Penguin place

SCHEME BENEFICIARY SWAPPED LAW CAREER FOR ‘CREATIVE’ LIFE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS by AMIT ROY NOW more than ever is the time for lockdown literature, and Rashmi Sirdeshpande is urging budding British Asian authors to respond to Penguin’s WriteNow scheme aimed at discovering “under-represented writers across the UK” – just as she did in 2018. “As […]

Using the healing power of music

ZAHEER ABBAS KHAN ON CREATING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS THROUGH HIS SONG FEARLESS independent artists such as Zaheer Abbas Khan are delivering the most inventive songs in British Asian music. With his new release Allah Jalashan, he has tackled the subject of mental health on a commercial song that fuses rock with classic music. It is […]

Giving a voice to the voiceless

ANUBHAV SINHA DISCUSSES HIS IMPORTANT NEW FILM THAPPAD by ASJAD NAZIR IN 2018, filmmaker Anubhav Sinha turned a major corner with critically acclaimed film Mulk, and followed that up with Article 15, which was arguably the finest Bollywood film of 2019. The producer/director continues his run of message-driven films with his latest release Thappad, which […]

Love and courtship through the ages

HOW ANCIENT WOOING RITUALS EVOLVED INTO MODERN DAY CULTURE by MITA MISTRY THIS week couples all over the world celebrating love and romance to mark Valentine’s Day would have met in different ways. Many would have courted each before getting together as a couple and gone through a process that led them into a relationship. […]

An explosive fusion of Sufi and rock music

DANISH-PAKISTANI BAND ON THEIR MUSICAL JOURNEY AND LATEST ALBUM by ASJAD NAZIR GREAT song releases find the hallowed middle ground between artistic, commercial and meaningful music. Acclaimed Danish-Pakistani rock band Rocqawali have done that with their newly released third album Kalam, which has taken sounds rooted in over 800 years of Sufi tradition and combined […]

All for the love of creating characters

ANJLI MOHINDRA ON HER ACTION-PACKED ACTING JOURNEY by PRIYA MULJI IN THE most recent series of Doctor Who, Anjli Mohindra looked unrecognisable as the fierce alien Queen Skithra and added to her impressive list of winning turns on television. The inspiring British actress has shown off her wonderful range with popular shows, including The Sarah […]

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