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ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Pati Patni Aur Woh: Why Bollywood refuses to grow up even in the time of #MeToo

The film industry continues to fail in terms of onscreen portrayal of sexual harassment, especially in the shadow of its legacy of trivialising the issue.

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

Soft power for hard messaging

While PM Modi excels at using Bollywood's soft power for hard messaging, his predecessors used it to supplement their own messaging.

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

A peek into the Joker's mind

When the film ended, I instinctively looked around for my mask before I realised I was wearing it already.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

War's success shows critics and audiences differ on what is a good film

The Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer film is as far as it can be from anything that could further the cause of cinema, but that isn't something that concerns the viewer.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Utpal Dutt Today: How would the thespian have fared in the age of Netflix and Chill?

It's 26 years since Utpal Dutt passed on. Would he have achieved the same glory today with online platforms, where ‘content’ and ‘actor’ surpass the ‘star’, but have a much shorter screen life?

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

'Tripathi bach jayega!' Decoding Pankaj Tripathi and why India's drooling over this middle-aged guy

Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are passé. There’s a new heartthrob on the bloc.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Surge of nationalism or political promotion: What is wrong with Bollywood’s recent blockbusters?

If the audiences are lapping up films that reinforce a sense of patriotism, why is it being talked about as effective propaganda?

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

The Second Time Curse: 'Sacred Games 2' with Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, hit by Netflix’s season two syndrome

Every Netflix original dips in the second season, after delivering a punch in the first, only to pick up in the third.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Mission Mangal Movie Review: 'Mission Mangal' is Mission Accomplished for Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan!

You know it's more than worthy of a watch when Vidya Balan shines over Akshay Kumar in a film headlined by him. I'm going with 4 stars out of 5.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Batla House Movie Review: With ‘Batla House’, John Abraham packs a powerful patriotic punch!

‘Batla House’ evokes memories of a time when saying ‘terror’ was a huge ‘error’. It merits 3.5 stars

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Because Rakhi is not regressive! An open letter to those who think Raksha Bandhan is patriarchal and sexist!

Dear Liberals, this Raksha Bandhan, please spare us the horror of why you think the festival is regressive. It's not. It's only about caring and love.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Tracing the legacy of Lord Ram: This clan of Jaipur royals claims that they are descendants of Kush, the son of Ram

Jaipur royals have been known to take care of properties in Ayodhya since time immemorial.

ART & CULTURE | 6-minute read

Happy Birthday Sridevi: A homage to Bollywood's fabulous 'Hawa Hawaii'

From 'Sadma' to 'Mr India', 'ChaalBaaz' to 'English Vinglish', here's looking at some of Sridevi's most significant contributions to Indian cinema.

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

Akshay Kumar, Fair Superstar: Why criticism over 'sexism' in Akshay Kumar’s 'Mission Mangal' is unwarranted

To many, it seems 'Mission Mangal' gives Akshay Kumar more prominent display than his woman co-stars. But Kumar has always shared screen space equitably with women actors.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Remembering Shammi Kapoor, India's answer to Elvis Presley

The ever-energetic, almost bouncy, yet deliciously broody-eyed Shammi Kapoor showed us it is okay to be a little crazy in love, and taught us the twist!

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

The original female superstar: How Vyjanthimala danced into Bollywood, and made the industry dance around her

Happy birthday, Vyjayanthimala!

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

13 YO Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna: A progressive film with utterly regressive treatment

We were ready for an alternate 'Silsila'. Instead, we were left feeling guilty and uncomfortable for siding with Dev and Maya.

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

Death of the Coffee King: Thank you VG Siddhartha for giving us CCD, a home away from home

A lot, it seems, can actually happen over coffee.

ART & CULTURE | 6-minute read

Two decades on, The Sixth Sense still has the greatest 'twist'

The beauty of the movie's twist ending is not that it worked for the first time — it is about how it continues to still hold up even after 20 years.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Lady with a gun: Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad teaser is bloody intense, quite literally

As she licks blood from her own face and then looks straight into the camera, Kangana in Dhaakad redefines 'menacing'.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Jabariya Jodi Movie Review: Despite the zari and jokes, the Sidharth Malhotra-Parineeti Chopra jori doesn't work!

A clumsy plotline, overuse of kitsch and colour, and damp performances by the lead pair, Jabariya Jodi does nothing. I'm going with 2 stars out of 5.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

The Adonis Struggler: Three reasons why Sidharth Malhotra's career is yet to take off

And nepotism is not one of the reasons.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Sara Ali Khan lugs her own luggage! Why this shook the internet

Sara Ali Khan is being praised for something millions of people do every day without any comment. Why do we always fall for the 'gracious celebrity' image?

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

25 Years of Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The film that gave Salman Khan that ‘Prem’ tag

Prem became a yardstick all Indian men would be judged by hereon. Interestingly, that includes Salman Khan.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Kim Kardashian feels breathless in her tight dress: 3 lessons to learn about ‘looking good’

After reading this, you may want to give your shapeless body a tight and warm hug.

ART & CULTURE | 7-minute read

A tribute to the king of yodeling and humorous musical battles, Kishore Kumar, on his birth anniversary

A screenwriter, lyricist, actor, producer and director wrapped into one, Kishore Kumar will go down in history as the best musical and acting talent to have ever existed.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Not So Masoom: Why Shekhar Kapur's 'main bhi underprivileged' is just a cry for attention

Truth is, 'Masoom' remains one of the best films ever made in India. Kapur's rant about his struggle though only reminds us of the value of humility.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Udta Bollywood: Drugs or no drugs, here’s what happened at Karan Johar’s private party

A video of celebrities at Karan Johar's party has gone viral, but not for the stars themselves. Allegations of drugs being involved are flying thick and fast. Here's what really happened.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Because women are from Venus: 'Mission Mangal' space scientists show how Bollywood gets gender wrong

In Bollywood's ISRO, the women scientists are always on edge, a step away from breaking down or abandoning their work. Thank their lucky stars for mission chief Akshay Kumar!

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Indian Inferiority Complex: From Govinda to Neil Nitin Mukesh, we still reject Indian actors in Hollywood roles

Govinda apparently refused James Cameron's 'Avatar'. We're glad because now, we can't mock him mercilessly, like we do Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

The New Aamir Khan: How Akshay Kumar is slowly but steadily dethroning the 'thinking Khan'

Christmas of 2020, expect to see Aamir at the movies. But alongside, there will be Akshay Kumar. And there's more to the box office clash than meets the eye!

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Judgementall Hai Kya Movie Review: The Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao starrer will make you leave your judgemental mind at home

Perfection is an illusion, and if you're seeking it, perhaps you're crazy. That's the message in Prakash Kovelamudi's offering. I couldn't agree more. I'm going with 3 stars out of 5.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Why the internet wants Deepika Padukone to take a stand, but not Ranbir Kapoor?

This utterly biased outrage on social media shows how we demand women to be heroes while absolving the men of their responsibilities.

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

Mehmood Ali: The man who made people laugh and was often sad at heart

A tribute to the prince of joy and laughter on his 15th death anniversary.

ART & CULTURE | 6-minute read

A king, a noble, a common man: Tracking three travellers of the Mughal era

How one travels has always been a statement of wealth and social status.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Why Aryan Khan’s debut in The Lion King is the greatest of all times

Aryan Khan voices Simba in the Hindi version of the latest Disney movie, The Lion King. Need we say more?

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Toxic, immoral and sexist: What re-watching Yes Boss after 22 years taught me

No, boss. Immorality is not ambition. And love doesn't really change a person's inherent nature.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Netflix deleting the 'suicide' scene from 13 Reasons Why is proof that it never understood the show!

As we continued to applaud Netflix for taking a stand even as criticism poured in on social media, it was actually just riding on the success of the show.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

The Bronze Lining: Does Hrithik Roshan's make-up in Super 30 stand out because of our inability to see him in non-glamorous roles?

Apart from the makers’ ambitious plans to make a 5’ 11” Greek God look like a 5’6” common Indian man, we, the audience can obviously only picture Hrithik as a suave, stylish man.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Done ranting about Kabir Singh? Watch Noblemen, a movie which shows bullying, one of the earliest signs of toxic masculinity

Toxic masculinity can be seen in young boys in the form of bullying, and Noblemen’s gritty portrayal of child bullies is an eye-opener.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

Super 30 Movie Review: Hrithik Roshan and Vikas Bahl present a strictly average film despite great potential

Even with all of Hrithik's hard work and efforts, he sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm going with 2.5 stars out of 5.

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

Pran, whose name remained unique: Bollywood's admired villain, Pran, was so talented, parents shied away from naming kids his name!

Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, all became heroes only by defeating Pran! He too floored viewers with his sardonic wit, flamboyant appearance and his chilling acting.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Dear Kangana and Rangoli, you invoke the nation to hit your critics. But you're missing what India is all about!

Of course you have the right to be annoyed at a bad review. But why does writing that make us 'anti-national' in your eyes? Don't you believe in India's freedom of speech?

ART & CULTURE | 5-minute read

Baby, love hurts: Bollywood's romance with violence against women has been its most enduring affair

From Amitabh Bachchan to the Khans, Bollywood has always normalised violence against women. Today, 'Kabir Singh' director Sandeep Vanga describes violence as expressing true love.

ART & CULTURE | 2-minute read

'Kabir Singh will change after kids'. But Sandeep Reddy Vanga will never change

Two priceless lessons from Sandeep Reddy Vanga: True love is a slapfest, and don't bother on becoming a better person yourself, just have kids instead.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

Et Tu, Kangana? As she picks on a journalist, Kangana Ranaut falls prey to her own nemesis, 'toxic celebrity'!

It is now a sad truth that celebrities in positions of power will almost certainly abuse it. They could be Karan Johar. Or, ironically, Kangana Ranaut.

ART & CULTURE | 6-minute read

A tribute to the brilliant Guru Dutt: The great master of the art and craft of film making

On his 94th birth anniversary, we pay a tribute to the legendary actor and director, Guru Dutt, and celebrate his unique contribution to the world of cinema.

ART & CULTURE | 3-minute read

Casual dining is leading to the death of fine-dining culture and nachos might have played a role in it

The end of the fine dining culture is near and nachos could be responsible for the same.

ART & CULTURE | 8-minute read

Rampur ke Andarsey: The gorgeous, crisp, golden-fried sweet is typically monsoon on your plate

Delicious andarsey, once made with rain water, deep-fried in large kadhais brimming with ghee, are inextricably linked with the smell of wet earth, songs of monsoon loves and Indian longings.

ART & CULTURE | 4-minute read

'Ayushmann had to play an entitled male in 'Article 15'. To show how immune we are to crimes against Dalits'

Gaurav Solanki, writer of the successful and disturbing 'Article 15', speaks with Nairita Mukherjee about the film's 'saviour complex,' why the protagonist couldn't be a woman and 'Kabir Singh'.