Behens, Bahus, and Badasses

Social Commentary

Behens, Bahus, and Badasses

Illustration: Saachi Mehta/ Arré


hen we argue online,
Over gender issues,
Who we gonna call?

I’m not trying to sound like the Indian Weird Al (would that be Baba Sehgal?). I’m just reflecting on the storm that kicked up when the cast for the Ghostbusters reboot was announced. This time, the team of paranormal exterminators was made up of four women instead of four men. Purists found the decision akin to heresy, while those who had been bemoaning the lack of representation of women on film thought it was a breath of fresh air.