Sexism Can Suck It. Actress Sharmila Tagore recently schooled everyone with a speech about women in Indian cinema. “Traditionally, we as a nation have tended to view a woman either as devi (goddess) or as property of man but never as an equal… So it is not surprising that a mass, popular, highly visible media like cinema, particularly Hindi cinema, has perpetuated these cultural myths.” Preach it, Sharmila-ji. [OutlookIndia]
RIP Nelson Mandela. Watch a documentary of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. And read Mandela’s speech at the unveiling of the Gandhi Memorial in 1993. Fact: In 1990, Mandela became one of two non-Indians awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India).[YouTube] [SAHistoryOnline]
Esquire Gets Down with the Bolly. The men’s magazine has a fun list of 5 ridiculous Bollywood action flicks you’ll want to watch on Netflix streaming. And like every Bolly action film, there’s always something for the ladies as well.
Hrithik Roshan. Songs and saris galore. [Esquire]
Performing Girl. Queer, transgender, Tamil Sri Lankan American political theater actor, writer, director, music producer and comic D’Lo discusses Performing Girl, the documentary on his life, with Huffington Post contributor Mitch Kellaway. “I hope that this film allows people to share their similar stories of growing up with others,” says D’Lo in the interview. “In the least, I hope this film forces people to talk and others to listen.” [Huffington Post]