Deepa Gahlot

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Deepa Gahlot is a Mumbai-based columnist, critic and author.

Stories By Deepa Gahlot

Just another day in the hinterland

Just another day in the hinterland

From mythology to classic literature, women who have expressed desire or broken patriarchal rules have been banished, killed, mutilated, ...Read More

What if Hillary never wed Bill

What if Hillary never wed Bill

If a woman does not fit the groove society has set for her, she is demonised, like the real Hillary was, and continues to be.

The sensational case of the Bobbitts from the nineties resurfaces

The sensational case of the Bobbitts from the nineties resurfaces

The word 'Bobbitt' — today synonymous with penis removal — has its origin in the story of Lorena Bobbitt, who chopped the 'appendage' of ...Read More

Cate Blanchett plays Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs. America

The woman who slowed the march of feminism

Schlafly effect still hovers in the American air and can be seen indirectly in 56% women voting for Trump, who is accused of disrespectin...Read More

Smart and sassy: Vic and Kinsey

Smart and sassy: Vic and Kinsey

V.I. Warshawsk and Kinsey Millhone (both created in 1982) were the first to not play second fiddle to male detectives. Difficult early li...Read More

Lust at first sight or fatal distraction

Lust at first sight or fatal distraction

The term ‘male gaze’ was coined by Laura Mulvey in her 1975 essay, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema — which, to put it simply, meant ...Read More

web series, Panchayat

Biased attitudes at core of gender disparity even today

The first film that came out soon after the amendment, was Govind Nihalani’s Sanshodhan (1996), which in which men in a village are rattl...Read More

The scales tilt in women’s favour

The scales tilt in women’s favour

On March 11, at his sentencing hearing, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

International Women's Day 2020: The fairytale needs to be rewritten

International Women's Day 2020: The fairytale needs to be rewritten

Another International Women’s Day whizzed past (the first was observed on March 8, in 1914 and in different forms in other countries befo...Read More

Tapsee Pannu's 'Thappad' to now release on February 28

Taapsee Pannu’s Thappad: It’s not just a slap, it’s a mindset

This week, a film is releasing, that will open up a much-needed discussion on domestic violence. Going by the promos, Anubhav Sinha’s&nbs...Read More

Over the rainbow lies darkness

Over the rainbow lies darkness

At the recently awarded Oscars, Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for the film Judy, in which she played to perfection the role of Ho...Read More

Case of the Desperate Housewife: Deepa Gahlot

Case of the Desperate Housewife: Deepa Gahlot

Every society, across time, sees a Hedda/Hardit - the maladjusted woman wilfully seeking self-identity

Forty years and no ceasefire in sight: Deepa Gahlot

Forty years and no ceasefire in sight: Deepa Gahlot

Harvey Weinstein’s wish to not be forgotten fulfilled with string of films and books on sexual harassment

Those magnificent horsewomen and their books

Those magnificent horsewomen and their books

Pack Horse Library initiative was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Govt, created to help lift US out of Great Depression

The brave women of Bollywood in 2019

The brave women of Bollywood in 2019

Women filmmakers and talented actresses exist, what is lacking are the opportunities

Jodie Foster in The Accused

Justice is a long way off for rape victims

Innocent bystander is a misnomer; no innocence in passivity

Stand with the woman who is damming up patriarchy

Stand with the woman who is damming up patriarchy

Sona Mohapatra was furious because she found that female singers were not being invited to perform at music festivals, the excuse being –...Read More

The stories that women want to tell

The stories that women want to tell

Watching the film The Souvenir at the MAMI Film Festival by Joanna Hogg, about a woman unable to get out of a toxic relationshi...Read More

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Sisterhood built under #MeToo movement in India

When the #MeToo movement hit India a year ago, there was an outpouring of rage; all that misplaced shame, feeling of victimisation and he...Read More

The bad girl chronicles continue to woo masses

The bad girl chronicles continue to woo masses

The British TV series, Fleabag, swept some major awards at the Emmys this year—the show about a thirty-something woman called F...Read More

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