Sepia Tone This is Sepia Tone, a column by Nadya Agrawal on growing up with films from the South Asian diaspora.

Finding Nostalgia in Diasporic Film

Immigrant nostalgia is a Hydra—a lashing, many-headed thing made of grief.

Jul 26, 2022
Who Gets to Tell Stories About India and Its People?

India for white filmmakers is a place in their imagination.

Apr 04, 2022
‘The Namesake’ and The Stories We Tell About Our Parents

There is something resplendent in the stories of our parents.

Jan 27, 2022
On ‘Mississippi Masala’ and the Politics of Desire

They were a two-sided awakening for me; a bi-panic-inducing pairing.

Sep 07, 2021
The Fraught Identity of ‘Where’s the Party Yaar’

I get the melancholic task of laughing through my grief.

Jun 10, 2021
The Women Who Don’t Bend in ‘Bend It Like Beckham’

The film contains a pantheon of archetypes, all of them represented in these Indian Panjabi women.

Apr 12, 2021