That was also nearly a decade ago.) Netflix can take solace in the fact that most of Red Chillies’ efforts still have been commercially successful, but that doesn’t excuse the irresponsible travesty that’s on display with Bard of Blood. For a show set in the troubled Pakistani province of Balochistan, that deals with cross border terrorism, and involves rogue Indian agents contending with Pakistani intelligence services, it’s laughable that its makers think the Netflix series isn’t political. Bard of Blood plays into xenophobic stereotypes and Islamophobia by portraying most of its Pakistani and Afghani characters as barbaric villains, some of whom molest children or impulsively chop off heads among other misdeeds.
It is arguable that one is more easily an Indian abroad than in India; the category of is not contested abroad as it is in India. This is perhaps all the more remarkable, when one considers that the of the Indian diaspora is not as evidently conceptualizable, or even visible, as the distinctly Chinese characteristics of the Chinese diaspora or the Islamic features of the Arab diaspora. Hindi does not bind together diasporic Indians in the manner in which Chinese holds together the Chinese diaspora; nor does Hinduism play in the Indian diaspora a role comparable to that of Islam within, if one could speak of such a thing, the Islamic Diaspora.
Starting in 1965, Jhalakman Gandharwa sang songs of his own caste community, the Gandharwas (also sometimes known as the Gaines) for Radio Nepal. In 1961, folksong collector/singer Kumar Basnet began to sing at Radio Nepal and be recorded at Ratna Recording. He became especially famous for collecting and popularizing songs of the Tamangs, and collected songs from a great many of the ethnic groups of Nepal.
If you don’t tip or look like you will, you’ll be more or less ignored for table service when you’d like drinks while watching the show. Even at the bars, people with money in their hands were served much quicker than those without. The rooms were very nice and cleaned on a daily basis however sometimes the mini fridge in the room wasn’t filled each day.
Friendship has sometimes been described as the noblest of all human relationships, untainted, in its most idealistic moments, by considerations of blood, expediency, lust, indeed what might be called “history”. It has been a subject of the commercial Hindi cinema for several decades, but friendship began to be trivialized around a decade ago when the Hindi film, opening itself up to the reality of liberal sexual mores and the idea that a friendship not leading to sexual intimacy between men and women might well be not merely possible but even desirable, found itself unable to grapple with the theme of friendship with any degree of complexity. Thus, in Maine Pyar Kiya, viewers were subjected to juvenile representations of friendship, with the heroine Suman (Bhagyashree) sporting a cap with the word “FRIEND” emblazoned on its front..