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Bollywood Divas: Queering Desi Cinema

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 7:00 pm, $10

Bollywood Trannies

presented by 3rd i Films
An evening of satire, comedy, dance and drop-down drag Bollywood ‘ishtyle’!! In Kareem Khubchandani’s Lessons In Drag, Professor Lawhore Vagistan, a drag queen attempting to make it on the Bollywood Screen, educates her classroom about the day’s topic – Fillum. By combining ethnographic interviews, queer South Asian fiction, Bollywood-inspired comedic drag sequences, and improvised audience interaction, Kareem stages the many ways in which film becomes a tool of survival for marginal subjects. Anuj Vaidya’s Bad Girl With a Heart of Gold finds the artist in conversation with his own film of the same name. The performance explores the genealogy of the Bollywood vamp – from her origins in the Jewish stars of early Indian cinema to the iconic roles of the anglo-Indian actress Helen in the 60s/70s. The experimental narrative weaves many of her signature roles together to pose the question: Can Helen escape her perpetual death by Bollywood?
Presented as part of APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival and QCC’s National Queer Arts Festival.
The event is cosponsored by APICC, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts.
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