Bollywood Superstar Under Investigation for Pre-Natal Gender Testing

India's strict ban on pre-natal diagnostic tests aka finding out if your unborn child is a boy or a girl have been rigorously enforced since federal legislation on the matter passed in 1994. The ban came about as a result of the alarming rates of female foeticide— by 2006, researchers estimated that 10 million female… » 6/17/13 7:15pm 6/17/13 7:15pm

More Indian Yuppies Eschewing Arranged Marriage For Online Dating

In an attempt to explain the shifting romantic climate for women in India, Mumbai businesswoman Shyra Mogul — who escaped an abusive arranged marriage in her 20s and is now single again — tells NPR that her generation grew up on Bollywood rom-coms which, generally, feature a rich girl feuding with her parents over… » 5/25/13 1:30pm 5/25/13 1:30pm

Pearl Clutchers, Start Your Engines! Bollywood’s Jism 2 Hits Theaters…

There's an increasing trend in the Indian cinema to sexy things up a little bit. For a long time, India's government censors wouldn't even allow kissing onscreen, a restriction that evaporated in 1996 with a long tongue-kiss in the film Raja Hindustani (Indian King). Now, however, filmmakers such as Pooja Bhatt are… » 8/03/12 9:30am 8/03/12 9:30am

Transgender Romance from Bangladesh Is Poised to My Big Fat Greek…

A movie called Common Gender about a love affair between a transgender person and a Hindu boy has become an indie hit in Bangladesh after a small release in only six theaters. Encouraged by this early success, the film's distributor Emanul Karim plans to extend its release nationwide and push cinema owners to extend… » 7/08/12 2:30pm 7/08/12 2:30pm