demystifying bollywood

First published on Ampersand on October 2, 2018.

If you live in urban America, you’ve probably heard of Bollywood. You’ve either seen a poster for the latest Bollywood blockbuster at your local multiplex theatre, or watched Bollywood week on So You Think You Can Dance, or heard a co-worker rave about their new Bollywood workout class.

But what exactly is Bollywood?

In this audio story, Devika Girish demystifies everything you need to know about India’s most popular film industry: its name, its history, and the “secret sauce” that makes it special. Featuring Dr. Priya Jaikumar, Associate Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Image CourtesyYash Raj Films Entertainment.

the film comment podcast: new directors/new films 2018

I was featured on the Film Comment podcast posted on April 3, 2018. The below blurb is from the website.  

“With the ostensible arrival of spring comes the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA’s New Directors/New Films. In this year’s crop the traditions of assorted genres and national cinemas play out in often spectacular fashion, alongside up-close-and-personal narratives. FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca is joined by Nicolas Rapold, FC Editor-in-Chief, and Devika Girish, contributor to the magazine, to reflect on those films that caught their eyes, including Our House, ClosenessGood MannersThe Great Buddha +, and more.”