The cinematic universe in India is broadening, with what were considered ‘just’ regional movies gaining blockbuster status and finally attracting the ‘north-indian gaze’. For decades, not only were ‘south-indian’ movies, themselves a diverse palette with Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam creative energies only being dubbed into Hindi for a certain audience, other regional movies shared the same fate.

Bollywood has been the dominant force in the Indian cinematic universe. The lack of representativeness in Bollywood movies which are made by and for the ‘Hindi’ speaking heartland is disheartening. Moreover, the overwhelmingly racist overtones in most Hindi movies that attempt to sketch a ‘south Indian character’ make them objects of ridicule. <<< Read More >>>