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February 11, 2021

In a letter to his teenage self, fashion stylist Dhruv Dave unpacks the coping mechanisms he developed at a young age to deal with the insecurity around his appearance and feelings of being unlovable 
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Wonder Women
February 10, 2021

Our knowledge of mentorship in deeply patriarchal Bollywood is largely restricted to the narratives that get reported in the press – of the blue-eyed darlings of A-list production houses and male actors and directors. Conversations with a few good women from the Hindi film and webseries space – actors, writers, directors, costume designers, producers – firmly convince us that changing the way women are perceived on-screen is only possible when they actively lead the way off it and help other women feel heard and seen
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Diya Patel, Featured, Meryl Streep, Online Exclusive, real beauty, self-acceptance, unrealistic beauty standards

For aspiring actor Diya Patel, the quiet power of Meryl Streep’s talent combined with her confident self-acceptance while rising to the top of a judgemental industry has proven to be a lasting inspiration, and she channels the screen icon’s early years in an exclusive shoot for Verve
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Androgyny, Featured, Gender Identity, Imdad Barbhuyan, Maiki, men in saris, Online Exclusive, queer identity, queer photoessay, societal restrictions, Visual Artist

Delhi-based visual artist Imdad Barbhuyan recalls the memory of when his mother dressed him up in one of her saris – it was a moment in which he felt like the most authentic version of himself. Over two decades later, the now-27-year-old recreates the emotionally significant series of photographs taken that day in 1999
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15th May Bridge, Abou El Sid, Cairo, Cairo Time, Egypt, Egypt travel, Egypt travel diary, El Fishawy cafe, Featured, Online Exclusive, Patricia Clarkson, places to visit in Cairo, places to visit in Egypt, Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri, Tanoura, what to do in Cairo, what to do in Egypt
January 27, 2021

Motivated by the exhilarating backdrop of director Ruba Nadda’s 2009 award-winning film Cairo Time, Rathina Sankari, family in tow, explored the Egyptian city in pre-pandemic times and discovered herself completely at home with its many moods
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Fallen Angels, Fashion inspired by Wong Kar-wai's movies, Featured, Happy Together, In The Mood For Love, Online Exclusive, Wong Kar-wai

Paying homage to Wong Kar-wai’s cinematic explorations of longing, isolation, forbidden desire and hopeless romance, a photo series – shot exclusively for Verve – captures the poetic visual atmosphere of three films from the influential Hong Kong director
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director of International Original Films at Netflix India, Featured, Netflix India, Online Exclusive, OTT platforms, Srishti Behl Arya, Women leaders

The director of International Original Films at the OTT platform speaks about her role and the diverse voices whose stories she is green-lighting
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