Ashameera Aiyappan

Where are the older heroines?

This weekly column is a rumination on how women are portrayed in cinema

17 Nov 2021

What makes a woman?

Predominantly, the sports world continues to reflect the patriarchal outlook of the society.

20 Oct 2021

Danger in disguise

In his paper, ‘Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development’, BR Ambedkar says that subjugation of women is inherent in the process of caste formation.

06 Oct 2021

'Dikkiloona': A journey through time to denigrate women

I chanced upon this cursed video before seeing the film. I thought it was enough to set the stage for the film, and yet, Dikkiloona’s crimes are more sinister.

22 Sep 2021

Terminator: Judgment Day

Even having the most supportive partner, doesn’t help with the physical demands of pregnancy and termination. This is why only a woman should be in charge of her body.

25 Aug 2021

Sarpatta Parambarai: The Perfect Wife Syndrome

The women that get celebrated are usually those who, to varying degrees, stomach patriarchy around them, an stand by their husbands, who have often treated them with indifference and cruelty.

11 Aug 2021

Maadathy: No place for a woman 

Madaathy exposes many hypocrisies and idiosyncrasies of these oppressive systems in gut-wrenching detail.

28 Jul 2021

The lone tigress

This weekly column is a rumination on how women  are portrayed in cinema

23 Jun 2021

Our mothers need to be saved

On the surface, Mare of Easttown might be a whodunit, but it is actually about the trauma women bear as caregivers.

09 Jun 2021

Why it’s important to fight numbness

We often think of anger as a negative quality, but does it also not hold the spark of rebellion? It is when you are angry that you question... you fight.

26 May 2021

The stressful matter of tresses

My friend and I chopped our hair recently, and we chatted about all the time and effort such a decision saves.

12 May 2021

Ms Representation: Complex love

Nevertheless, Geeli Puchhi is revelatory in the intersectional spaces of caste and gender, and their ramifications on social behaviour.

28 Apr 2021

Vakeel Saab, why ruin Pink ?

This isn’t just Tamil cinema; it is Indian mainstream cinema’s favourite trope, given that it is still largely male-centric.

14 Apr 2021

Amy Poehler’s high-school feminist drama 'Moxie' checks all the boxes

March is usually a chaotic month for women, one in which the world, around Women’s Day, seems to awaken from its slumber to acknowledge once again that women exist.

17 Mar 2021

'Eeswaran' review: A resurgent Simbu, but little else

Once, he even picks up the ball and throws it to the bowler, almost getting Puli Kutty run out. And then, the final ball arrives, and Eeswaran hits the CG ball for a six.

16 Jan 2021