5 Films & Series That Portray the Reality of Mental Health Challenges

The entertainment industry has a long way to go when it comes to depicting mental illnesses in a manner that doesn’t perpetuate stigma. There are plenty of films and series peddling harmful stereotypes. The hugely popular yet controversial teen drama series 13 Reasons Why (2017; Netflix) romanticizes suicide and glorifies mental illnesses by using a character’s death by suicide as a plot element to present an extended revenge fantasy. Likewise, the film Sightless (2020; Netflix), a psychological

Why Horror Films Need to Stop Villainizing Mental Illnesses

Catherine Clare, an outwardly happy young woman, cheers along with her family and friends as her daughter Franny cuts a birthday cake. Clare takes a bite of the cake, with a smile on her face, and then excuses herself to go to the washroom. In there, she makes herself throw up as if purging herself of the cake. This scene, played by Amanda Seyfried, from the recently released horror flick, “Things Heard & Seen,” is jarring and stands out even as the plot furthers. Many horror filmmakers over th

Re-conceptualising ‘contemporaneity’ by Thinking through the ‘criminality’ of the World using Chloe Hooper’s The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire and Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island | Contemporary Literary Review

Inspired by Theodore Martin’s Contemporary Drift and “Contemporary, Inc.,” this essay explores the ‘emptiness’ of the contemporary category by thinking through the criminality of the world. It also explores how genre allows authors to come up with innovative and complex ways to fill the ‘emptiness’ of contemporaneity by providing new knowledge about the world we live in. Soumya Mishra completed her postgraduate in English Studies from The University of Sydney and is now planning to do Ph D. Her


A lot like the romance genre which focuses on the romantic relationships of people, can we consider a friendship genre which focuses on the platonic relationships of people? To borrow from Fowler’s concept of the “generic repertoire”: the unique repertoire—the array of congruent features of a genre, can have many characteristics (55). It is then possible that if the friendship genre came to exist, some of its many features could include: an account of a person trying to make a new friend, or, ab

Film Review: Shakuntala Devi – A Problematic Portrayal That Barely Touches Upon Her Genius

The Vidya Balan starrer film Shakuntala Devi, which is based on the life of the eminent late genius Shakuntala Devi was released on the OTT Amazon Prime a couple of days ago. The film begins with a disclaimer which states that it is not a biography or documentary on Shakuntala Devi, but rather, this is a narrative based on a ‘true story’ as seen through the eyes of a daughter, that is, Shakuntala Devi’s daughter Anupama Banerji. In doing so, unfortunately, this film has reduced the life of the l

The Covert Misogyny In Sooraj Barjatya's Films

Sooraj Barjatya has been peddling the narrative of sanskari Indian families through his movies since 1989 when he made his directorial debut with Maine Pyar Kiya. However, in this article, I show the covert misogyny that Sooraj Barjatya has been feeding his audience for the last 30 years. Seema (Pervin Dastur), the daughter of Kishan’s (Rajeev Verma) business partner Ranjeet (Ajit Vachani) is a modern Indian woman who has a crush on Kishan’s son Prem (Salman Khan). In the movie, Seema’s charact

The Real-Time Effects Of Reel-Time Representation

Editor’s Note: This month, that is July 2020, FII’s #MoodOfTheMonth is Feminism And Body Image, where we invite various articles about the diverse range of experiences which we often confront, with respect to our bodies in private or public spaces, or both.. If you’d like to share your article, email us at pragya@feminisminindia.com. When Anne Shirley gave Mrs. Rachel Lynde a piece of her mind because Mrs. Lynde called Anne ‘skinny’ and ‘homely,’ I felt the collective rage of all young girls wh

'Baap Ko Mat Sikha' — How Ramayana Reflects The Transgenerational Trauma Within Indian Families

“We didn’t dare open our mouths in front of our parents. You guys argue with your parents; you don’t respect us.” I am sure most of us desi kids have heard these specific lines in our lives at some point in time. But what does it say about our culture? Indian culture demands that we respect our parents and elders — no matter what they do or say. Needless to say, such an arrangement becomes toxic and leads to the emergence of unhealthy relationships in our familial spheres. When conversations ar

Daily Science Fiction :: A Balloon Ride by Soumya Mishra

It was a Monday morning, and I was already late for work. Hurriedly, I shuffled into my coat, and took my hat off the rack. It was an overcast day, which meant there would be huge traffic in the stratosphere, up above. I tied my yellow balloon to my hat, and off I flew. "I'm running low on Helium. I better fill up my balloon. No one wants to crash land on a Monday morning! What with the raptors scouring the streets!" Up! Up! Up! There was an unusually ginormous crowd in the gas station. There