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Jai Arjun Singh

Jai Arjun Singh

Writer and criticjaiarjun@gmail.com
Writer and critic. Blogs at Jabberwock (http://jaiarjun.blogspot.in ). Author of Jaane bhi do Yaaro: Seriously Funny Since 1983. Edited The Popcorn Essayists.

By Jai Arjun Singh

Yeh ghoul-istaan hamaara? Netflix’s Ghoul is a clever 'anti-nationalistic' story using the framework of horror

We are led to first believe that the horror stands for one thing, then realise that it was about something else.

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The menacing quietness of Gurgaon

Shanker Raman’s film – about a family turning against each other – is an unusual, often mesmerising blend of narrative and anti-narrative.

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How 'supernatural' is M Night Shyamalan’s latest film?

And what links it with his best work, the 2000 film Unbreakable?

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Why Fan reminded me of puppetmasters and their psychotic dolls

It is possible to see SRK's film as the story of a father refusing to take responsibility for the child he helped create.

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Neither Aishwarya nor Shabana, best thing about Jazbaa is Irrfan

The actor shines, in an otherwise thoroughly muddled film.

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How Aarushi murder trial evokes the gruesome Jeffrey MacDonald case

It is time to worry when impressions gained from looking through a glass darkly start to determine the official course of justice.

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Why these visions of Bob Dylan keep fans up past the dawn

New book sheds light on the legendary songwriter's most obsessive followers.

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Rafa Nadal probably isn't winning the French Open this year. So what?

After ten full seasons of being a top player, the Spaniard doesn't have to prove himself all over again.

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Piku: Plenty of potty talk. No toilet humour

A lovely slice-of-life film about a father, daughter and a cab driver.

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This year's Crossword Fiction award winner wasn't even on the longlist...

And other little hiccups felt during the judging process.

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The naked truth about invisibility in Hindi films

With Emraan Hashmi's 'Mr X' about to release, a look at a 1971 film where Vinod Mehra played a cocky invisible man.

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Our market has a sad view of books on cinema

In other countries, there are dozens of accessible books on every aspect of the filmmaking process, not just on the most instantly recognisable actors.

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NH10: Thriller about a savage, split society

The distinction between yuppies and cavemen, and how they can bleed into each other.

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Good Golly, Miss Dolly: Trying to make sense of "Dolly ki Doli"

What is this movie about, I kept wondering, and why does it exist?

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How iPhone met my mother

In a post-modernist age where literature is mainly about literature and cinema is mainly about, perhaps it is natural for new technology to facilitate the sort of communication where all you’re doing is talking about the new technology.

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