59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 at Yash Raj Studios

Bollywood’s Brave New Stars

By Sonya Rehman Last month, the outspoken Bollywood actor, Kalki Koechlin, created ripples by sharing a dark secret with the world: how she endured abuse as a young child. In an up close and personal interview with the popular Facebook page, Humans of Bombay, Kalki opened up about her excruciatingly painful past to encourage people…

Dum Laga Ke Haisha

How Bollywood is Teaching Women to Love Themselves

By Sonya Rehman Released this year, the Yash Raj production, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is a Bollywood movie that truly breaks the size zero stereotype. Revolving around the protagonist, Sandhya, a voluptuous young woman, the movie encourages self-belief in an insecure world hungry for physical perfection. While we have read about and spoken of the…

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Last Night I Dreamt

By Sonya Rehman Last night I dreamt I was home, But I was in the middle, Not really here, And not really there, Hundreds of miles away, My mother told me, She was walking behind me, The pavement was broken, And as I walked, Never once looking behind my shoulder, She walked behind me, In…

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Fashion’s Cross-border Connection

Sonya Rehman The mesh of Bollywood and Pakistani fashion: how Bollywood beauties have launched big lawn brands across the border, in Pakistan. Lawn has fast become a force to be reckoned with in Pakistan. Each summer, Pakistani designers designing lawn have been in fierce competition with one another, working neck to neck to ensure solid…

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Leaving The Nest

By Sonya Rehman I arrived in Dubai early this month and have never felt so clueless, directionless, anchor-less in my life. At 26, I moved to New York for a year for grad school. While my year in the US wasn’t exactly easy-breezy, it was easier somehow compared to my current move. Perhaps it was…