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Meet The Staff: Saumya Bhutani

Hi everyone! My name is Saumya Bhutani. I’m 21 years old and a senior at Vassar College, a small liberal arts school in the Hudson Valley in New York. I’m majoring in History and minoring in Biology, and I plan to attend
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Parody of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ by Stony Brook University Medical School

Our very own BG contributor Saumya Bhutani co-directed, wrote and produced a parody of "Blank Space," by Taylor Swift, with the help of her classmates at Stony Brook University Medical School.
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These 11 Bollywood Celebs Dominated the 2018 Filmfare Awards Red Carpet

by Saumya Bhutani - Follow @SaumyaNotSonia Saturday marked the 63rd Annual Filmfare Awards, Bollywood’s most glitzy affair to commend the very best in cinema. As the years go by, I am often unable...

The Only Good Thing to Come Out of ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ is its Title

by Saumya Bhutani - Follow @SaumyaNotSonia This past Christmas, like almost all others, my family partook in our annual tradition of going to the movies. In the past, I have dragged my parents...
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10 Unique Gift Ideas for the Fiercest Women in Your Life

Christmas is officially days away and what better way to show your appreciation for the fiercest women in your life than by giving her gifts that encourage empowerment, resistance, and all-around badassery?
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Hasan Minhaj’s Top 10 Moments at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

“You know you’re news, right? Come on! But every time I watch CNN, it feels like you’re assigning me homework. ‘Is Trump a Russian spy? I don’t know, you tell me! Tweet us @AC360.’ No, you tell me! I’m watching the news!”

“Sarabhai vs Sarabhai” is Coming Back and Our Hearts Will be Whole Again

Originating in a time before parody was mainstream in Indian television, the series was ahead of the curve as it satirized elite, urbane Indian society, providing a flippant culture critique.

Anushka Sharma’s ‘Phillauri’ Brings A Refreshing Twist To The Bollywood Rom-Com

by Saumya Bhutani - Follow @SaumyaNotSonia Bollywood, unfortunately, sometimes garners a reputation for spitting out predictable, generic romantic comedies. Anushka Sharma’s latest home production “Phillauri” counters this notion with a unique perspective on...
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10 Times Utkarsh Ambudkar Has Been The Hero We Need in a Post-Trump World

While many celebrities have been vocal in fighting for what they believe is right, everyone’s favorite talented brown boy Utkarsh Ambudkar of “Pitch Perfect” and “The Mindy Project” fame, stands out from the crowd.

From Pre-Med to Medical School: You Can Make It Happen!

Medical School. Those two words loom large in the minds of many premedical students throughout their college life. They are daunting words; however, acceptance into medical school continues to be increasingly competitive.

Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari Wowed the Crowd at BookCon 2015

With their cult-like following and celebrated TV shows like "The Office,” “The Mindy Project” and “Parks and Recreation," Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari have become two of the biggest names in comedy.
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Film Review: Dr. Cabbie Comically Brings Academic Immigrant Issues to the Forefront of the...

“Dr. Cabbie” is a unique story that brings the issue of wasted immigrant talent to the forefront, in a clever way. Much credit goes to leading man Virmani, who developed the story and wrote the screenplay.
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‘Happy New Year’ Is The Perfect Guilty Pleasure Bollywood Has Been Missing All Year

The big Diwali release of 2014 was Farah Khan’s “Happy New Year” starring her golden boy, Shah Rukh Khan. After making magic with “Main Hoon Naa” and “Om Shaanti Om” the dynamic duo was back at it again to provide us entertainment, excitement, and laughs in this typical high-energy caper.

You Can Be Indian and Not Hindu: An Agnostic Indian’s Thoughts

I read an otherwise well-written piece arguing Urban outfitters indulged in cultural appropriation when they chose to sell products featuring Lord Ganesh. While I agree that their actions were insensitive to Hinduism, as a religion, I had qualms with Saumya’s assertion this was cultural appropriation.
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“The Hundred-Foot Journey” Breaks Down Western Stereotypes

As an Indian-American, I always find that hearing about a Hollywood film that features a strong Indian presence gives me a combination of excitement and unease. I feel excitement, because, of course, I am eager for the representation of my culture on the silver screen. I become uneasy, because representations can go wildly wrong and fall into a series of tropes that have very real consequences for South Asians living in America.
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5 Reasons Why We Need “The Mindy Project”

We all know the lovable Mindy for creating, writing, and starring in her own prime time sitcom on a major network, but more importantly, Mindy, as a brown girl, is an inspiration. She has reached unprecedented heights in Hollywood for a woman of Indian origin. She is a force to be reckoned with.
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Brown Boy: Monty Kataria

Brown Boy Monty Kataria's work in media ranges from being a journalist, an entertainer, to successful media personality. Kataria's work allows many young South Asians to stay connected with their culture. He prides himself on his heritage and shares his successes and future goals with #BG Saumya.
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Koffee With Karan with Freida Pinto And Nargis Fakhri

Their stories are almost opposite, yet it seamlessly ties them together. They both left the mainstream cinema industries in the countries they grew up in to venture into new territories. This makes their experiences and views unique, which provided for some wildly entertaining television. In case you are still confused, I am referring to Indian-born Frieda Pinto and American-born Nargis Fakhri, and their recent appearance on the show “Koffee with Karan," with the beloved "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" film director playing as host, Karan Johar.

Koffee with Karan: Season Four

Do you love Bollywood? Do you thrive on gossip? Do you wish you could spend hours with the hottest actors and actresses? Do fun alliterations impress you? If you said “yes” to all of the above questions you are either my soul mate or evil twin, as well as the perfect viewer for “Koffee with Karan.” See? Fun alliterations already!

Recap of the Filmfare Awards 2014

We all know last Sunday was the equivalent of Superbowl Sunday for Bollywood lovers all over the world. The 59th Annual Filmfare Awards show is full of glamour, glitz and fame, as stars lined up to dance on stage and take home their much-deserved trophies.

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