Top 2013 Roundups: Bollywood Hits, Gay Rights Heroes & “Cool” Desis

Top 2013 Roundups: Bollywood Hits, Gay Rights Heroes & “Cool” Desis

The end of the year  is inevitably distilled, edited, categorized, and quantified down to various top lists. Here’s a round up of  2013 lists that caught our eye: Top 10 Bollywood Numbers—while there have been few memorable Bollywood dance hits in 2013, Indian Express highlights the various item  songs, superhits and anthems of the year. Top Bollywood Films in terms of box office numbers include sci-fi pastiche crowd pleaser Krrish

Posted: December 24th, 2013

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LGBT Support from Bollywood and Brands – #377

LGBT Support from Bollywood and Brands – #377

There has been some positive news after the devastating decision this week by India’s Supreme Court, including the overwhelming LGBT support from politicians, celebrities and companies in India.   Filmfare has compiled a collection of quotes from Bollywood, including Priyanka Chopra and Bipashu Basu.  There has also been a show of support from John Abraham, Aamir Khan and Rahul Bose.  And, Indian brands have highlighted their protest against the archaic

Posted: December 13th, 2013

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“We didn’t expect this.” — Gautam Bhan

“We didn’t expect this.” — Gautam Bhan

“The Supreme Court has taken back a right, which the Delhi High Court had given to some of its citizens. In the course of legal history, the trend has been towards an expansion of equality and human dignity. We do not expect the Supreme Court to take away dignity from its citizens. Therefore, it’s a deeply disappointing and frightening judgment.”— Gautam Bhan Vaibav Vats of the New York Times blog

Posted: December 12th, 2013

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Rally and Dancing with KhushDC

Rally and Dancing with KhushDC

Join our KhushDC friends as they rally against Section 377 and dance to Bollywood, Bhangra, and other South Asian beats courtesy of DJ Geeta Jhaveri. The dance party will be going down on Friday, December 13 starting at 9:30pm. Location: Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court NW, Washington, DC 20005  (for those new to DC, it’s on the south side of Thomas Circle off of 14th Street NW — walk down the street next to

Posted: December 12th, 2013

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My brother Riyad

My brother Riyad

In the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling effectively re-criminalizing homosexuality, these excerpts from Roy Wadia’s piece, about his brother the late Riyad Wadia, filmmaker and LGBT activist, have more resonance than ever before. Riyad was once at the vanguard of change of a new India. This year marks Riyad’s tenth death anniversary. Read the moving full article here.

Posted: December 12th, 2013

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Nelson Mandela: Champion of Equality

Nelson Mandela: Champion of Equality

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Nelson Mandela We join the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013). Mandela will forever be remembered for enduring 27 years in prison, his peaceful struggle against apartheid, and guiding South Africans in building a multi-racial democracy. He was also steadfast in

Posted: December 6th, 2013

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Kissing Not Required

Kissing Not Required

In a recent interview, Saif Ali Khan, expressed his lack of enthusiasm for on-screen kissing. While the Bollywood heartthrob has locked lips with his female co-stars in past flicks like “Hum Tum” and “Salaam Namaste”, he’s disinclined to continue the practice since his marriage to Kareena Kapoor as it “doesn’t suit us.” He explains, “I would not like to kiss onscreen because I think it’s not required. It’s not done

Posted: December 5th, 2013

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Mallika Sherawat Expertly Schools a Journalist

Mallika Sherawat Expertly Schools a Journalist

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with friends, family or loved ones.  We also wanted to post this incredible video in which Mallika Sherawat verbally takes down a journalist who asks her, in a very hostile manner, “Why do you think Indian society is regressive for women?”  She goes on to expertly explain Indian society’s treatment of women.  The entire exchange took place during a promotional event for Mallika’s latest show The Bachelorette India.

Posted: November 29th, 2013

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