Is Pataakha the Sisterhood Story Bollywood’s Been Waiting For?

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Is Pataakha the Sisterhood Story Bollywood’s Been Waiting For?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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indi television has cracked the winning Sister Act formula. Every possible hoary combination that the sister trope has to offer has been exploited: We’ve seen biological sisters (Behenein), half-sisters (Swaragini), cousins (Bidaai), twins (Hubahu), conjoined twins (Amber Dhara). You get the drift? But this is no celebration of sisterhood – more often that not, this is sisters pitted against each other, plotting and planning as women are wont to, in the limited imagination of Hindi TV.

Hindi cinema, on the other hand, prefers its brothers in arms. Sisters serve as an accessory: They are mostly bechara, often vidhwa because mainstream Bollywood’s patriarchal roots are as subtle as a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film set.

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