Deepa Gahlot

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

Stories By Deepa Gahlot

Standing & Serving: A scene from 'The Great Indian Kitchen'

If a film like The Great Indian Kitchen, needs to be made in 2021, it's a shame for both men and women, writes Deepa Gahlot

In real life, the wheat of the caring husband from the chaff of the macho lout has been separated during the pandemic and the resultant l...Read More

Oscar history has been made this year, with two women being nominated in the best director category, says Deepa Gahlot

Oscar history has been made this year, with two women being nominated in the best director category, says Deepa Gahlot

Chloe Zhao, who directed 'Nomadland', is the first non-white woman to be on the list and Emerald Fennell, director of 'Promising Young Wo...Read More

Another year, another women’s day, hope floats, writes Deepa Gahlot

Another year, another women’s day, hope floats, writes Deepa Gahlot

On March 8, 1857, garment workers in New York City marched and picketed, demanding improved working conditions, a 10-hour day, and equal ...Read More

Journalist Priya Ramani

Journalist Priya Ramani's win may be small but is a ray of light nonetheless, writes Deepa Gahlot

The instances that are highlighted in the media involve women in showbiz, advertising or media industries, who have a voice and a means o...Read More

It was the 1970 protest against the 
Miss World pageant that spotlighted the term women’s liberation

It was the 1970 protest against the Miss World pageant that spotlighted the term women’s liberation

Walk into a toy shop and most will have 'his' and 'hers' toys for kids, starting gender conditioning young. Among the pink-wrapped packag...Read More

A new film tells the inspiring stories of 
2 women who helped change the course of history in WWII, says Deepa Gahlot

A new film tells the inspiring stories of 2 women who helped change the course of history in WWII, says Deepa Gahlot

Men win the glory in the march of history, and the contribution of women is often forgotten. Whether it is India’s struggle for Independe...Read More

A biopic on Kerala actor Shakeela fails to capture the essence of the subject, writes Deepa Gahlot

A biopic on Kerala actor Shakeela fails to capture the essence of the subject, writes Deepa Gahlot

There was a short film, About A Girl Named Shakeela, in which a young woman faces embarrassment and ridicule because of her name. However...Read More

A biopic on J K Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter books, is magically fascinating, says Deepa Gahlot

A biopic on J K Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter books, is magically fascinating, says Deepa Gahlot

Joanne Rowling had been advised by a well-meaning agent to use initials, because boys don’t read books by female authors. She was also to...Read More

Age is just a number and 
some make it count

Age is just a number and some make it count

In most of our films, old people are seen as victims of their children’s neglect, cruelty by society, or targets of crime, because of the...Read More

Stark truth: No woman asks to be stalked, harassed or assaulted

Stark truth: No woman asks to be stalked, harassed or assaulted

In real life, there is no way of anticipating just how spiteful a man can be if he is spurned. Something as inoffensive as refusing a dat...Read More

In the motherland of unwanted girls

In the motherland of unwanted girls

In places where sophisticated medical facilities are not available, newborn girls are killed by using crude methods like poisoning with d...Read More

Juliet by any other name, as you like it

Juliet by any other name, as you like it

So precarious is the issue of caste (and religion too), that hardly any mainstream Hindi films or even plays want to tackle it. There hav...Read More

That glorious woman in cowboy boots

That glorious woman in cowboy boots

Steinem never was an ivory tower feminist, she marched alongside civil rights and women’s groups that had erupted into the streets in 60s...Read More

The woman who led the
march towards equality

The woman who led the march towards equality

US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg believed that if the right legal framework could be developed, social change would follow. She...Read More

The dystopia of sci-fi novels is upon us

The dystopia of sci-fi novels is upon us

The future that is to be feared may be upon us already—unstable governments, religious fundamentalism, neo-Nazi movements, the pandemic--...Read More

Asim Abbasi's Churails - A story of burqa-clad feminist vigilante group in  Pakistan

Asim Abbasi's Churails - A story of burqa-clad feminist vigilante group in Pakistan

'Mard ko Dard Hoga' is the slogan of the secret gang that sets out to punish cheating husbands and autocratic fathers. The added attracti...Read More

Indian Matchmaking: The system is worse than the series

Indian Matchmaking: The system is worse than the series

For all of Sima Taparia’s spreadsheets and bio-data printouts, she couldn't find a match that ticked all the boxes on paper for any clien...Read More

The girl with the dancing eyes

The girl with the dancing eyes

Saroj Khan rose against all the odds women had to overcome in the film industry and became an independent choreographer after being an as...Read More

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.

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