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NY Indian Film Festival 2020 Keeps Focus On Social Impact & India’s Diversity

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2020’s online New York Indian Film Festival features 12 features, 4 documentaries, and 30 shorts across 14 languages.

Review: “Article 15” Provides a Nuanced View of Caste Discrimination’s Effects in India

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Bollywood film "Article 15" displays a sobering perspective on casteism’s persistence despite the law banning it, but leans heavily into its savior complex.

The 13 Best Bollywood & Indian Movies on Netflix

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We reveal the top Bollywood (and other Indian) movies on Netflix—updated for 2020 and available in India, the US, the UK, and many other countries.

Review: Irrfan Khan’s “Blackmail” Is a Convoluted but Entertaining Ride to Depravity

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"Blackmail" uses the darkness in ordinary people to weave a riveting tale of deception where there can be no winners.

Review: “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” Tries to Tackle Homophobia in Light-Hearted Rom-Com

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“Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan” appeals to the classic Bollywood audience while addressing a traditionally sensitive subject. 

Review: “Chhapaak” Uses Acid Attacks to Highlight Victimization of Women in India

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Based on a real story, "Chhapaak" shows the life of a young Indian woman after surviving an acid attack.

7 Space Movies From Around the World

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America isn't the only country that makes space exploration movies—here are seven movies that'll help you learn about other countries' space aspirations.

Review: “Oh Baby!” India’s “Miss Granny” Remake Is Faithful Yet Original

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“Oh Baby!” adapts Korean hit “Miss Granny” for Indian Telugu-language audiences—with a stellar performance from actress Samantha Akkineni.

Review: “Gully Boy” Is a Modern, Nuanced Depiction of Class Struggle Through Slum Life and Rap Music

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Directed and written by Indian women, this film succeeds where Slumdog Millionaire fails

Remembering Sridevi: How India’s Most Famous Actress United North and South

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Superstar Sridevi Kapoor's death both bridges and highlights one of India's biggest cultural divides.

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