Deepa Gahlot

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

Stories By Deepa Gahlot

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.

I Was Lorena Bobbiitt

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

The woman who slowed the march of feminism

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

Netflix's web series 'She"

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

Biased attitudes at core of gender disparity even today

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

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

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

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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

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