Parul Bhandari
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Film analysis | Parallel Mothers: Of war, loss, trauma, and womanhood

Madres Paralelas is a film not only about a shared experience of motherhood but also refers to the parallels between mothers across generations, who are tied together by a shared tragedy of loss — the loss of their husbands and sons to war.

Little did Almodóvar know, when he began directing this film that it would resonate with contemporary global politics. (Screengrab)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 04:20 PM IST

Thinking beyond love and arranged marriages

Contemporary Indian romance, intimacies, and marriages are far more complex than surveys, reality TV shows, or social institutions make them out to be

My research set out to explore what these categories of arranged and love mean for the urban Indian middle-class, and what is a modern process of matchmaking (Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:24 AM IST
ByParul Bhandari

A Suitable Boy: Where love is intricate and the personal is political

Nair’s adaptation has captured well how the personal is always political, and has explained well that religion, pride, and intent create an intricate web that is to be traversed in order to find a suitable spouse.

Mira Nair has been bold to undertake an adaptation of this 1,500-page masterpiece. This certainly runs the risk of not being able to capture the complexities of the characters, political situations, and personal struggles(BBC/Lookout Point)
Updated on Nov 03, 2020 06:27 PM IST
ByParul Bhandari

Matchmaking illustrates the ills of Indian society | Opinion

A recent Netflix show has accurately captured the gendered politics of arranged marriages, with its biases

Indian Matchmaking has brought attention to a woe that the onus of sustaining the marriage squarely falls on women. Episode after episode, prospective brides are advised to adjust and compromise and be “flexible”(Screengrab via Netflix)
Updated on Jul 21, 2020 07:41 PM IST
ByParul Bhandari

Parasite: A defining film on class relations, inequality

Through smell and sight, it depicts the intimacies that bind and the resentments that divide the haves and have-nots

Aided by brilliant cinematography and acting, Bong Joon-ho’s film, though about money, does not trace differences between the rich and poor only through the prism of money(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 10, 2020 08:11 PM IST
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