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 research associate with Sarai (CSDS), New Delhi. She contributes regularly to Artforum, ART India, Scroll.in, and tweets at @SharmaKamayani.

Keywords: Hindi cinema Bollywood romance feminism masculinity gender stereotypes
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