Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar

Neha is a writer who lives between Hyderabad and California. She enjoys good books, good wine, good (and bad) cinema, the company of cats, and sometimes even the company of interesting people.

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In Chefchaouen with Shah Rukh Khan

While I love Shah Rukh Khan as irrationally as the next person, he did cost me a flip phone and some loose change.


Beyond Bollywood #5: Fandry

Even when a larger-than-life portrait of Ambedkar is looking over you, there is only so far the love story of a lower caste boy and an upper caste girl can go.


Beyond Bollywood #4: Gandu

Gandu’s quest won’t bring tears to your eyes or that warm feeling in your heart. But you will also not be able to take your eyes off it.

My Beautiful Laundrette

Beyond Bollywood #3: My Beautiful Laundrette

The brilliance of this film lies in the flesh, the muscle, the teeth that Kureishi’s writing gives it.

Sita Sings the Blues

Beyond Bollywood #2: Sita Sings the Blues

Director Nina Paley uses lightness and humour to weave together a cutting commentary on one of the greatest epics in history.

The Pool

Beyond Bollywood #1: The Pool

Chris Smith’s The Pool is a narrative of survival, not triumph; of life, not drama. Released in 2007, it is everything that Slumdog Millionaire was not.

Chandrakala, illustration by Newman D'Silva

The Groom and the Dog

It was the summer before her final year of college when Vaidehi first saw Suresh Babu.

Cocktail: Deepika Padukone

Bollywood’s Bad Girl Problem

In Bollywood, bad girls may have started to have their share of fun, but it’s still the good girls who get rewarded.