Love and Labour

October’s experiments with the Bollywood romance genre

01 May 2018

In a scene mid-way through the movie October, the lead character, Dan, played by Varun Dhawan, is chided by his friends for wasting his time looking after a dying girl he barely knows.

What’s the point, they argue.

“Do you guys only do something if there’s a point?” he asks.

Kamayani Sharma is a writer and researcher on visual culture, media studies and philosophy. Her work has appeared in ArtforumThe White ReviewART IndiaScroll.inThe Wire and Firstpost, among others. She tweets at @SharmaKamayani.

Keywords: Hindi cinema Bollywood romance feminism masculinity gender stereotypes