Bollywood Inspired PSA from the UN Has a Surprising Gay Twist

Did you know that it is against international law to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity? The United Nations would like to remind you that such an international law exists—oh, and even if it didn't, discriminating against people for those reasons is just plain shitty. » 5/11/14 11:06pm 5/11/14 11:06pm

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

Meet The World's New Shortest Woman

Have you noticed the atmosphere has felt a little changed in the past few days, that things seem to have shifted somehow, but you can't quite put your finger on what's different? Well, here's your answer: the world has a new shortest woman! That's right, Jyoti Amge, of Nagpur, India, was given the honor on Friday—her… » 12/18/11 12:35pm 12/18/11 12:35pm