Bhaskar Chawla

OPEN TO OPINION

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ART & CULTURE

 |   8-minute read

How the manufactured buzz around Sara Ali Khan exposes Bollywood’s deceit

In the last two years, Bollywood has said plenty on the nepotism debate. When will it finally act?

ART & CULTURE

 |   6-minute read

No, 'Raazi', 'October', 'Andhadhun' were not ‘great cinema’: How 2018 proved we need better film journalism before better films

If we want good cinema, its watchdogs must fearlessly call out shoddy scripts and bad acting. However, if they're chasing stars for interviews, film critics will be the first to praise their mediocrity.

VARIETY

 |   6-minute read

Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye: On the anniversary of the cult film, how a Delhi thief became the Indian Jay Gatsby

It is Lucky, a man who only wanted what we’re all conditioned to want, who is labelled a dangerous criminal in the same league as murderers.

VARIETY

 |   4-minute read

How we can protect #MeToo from allegations of 'mob mentality'

Any revolutionary movement that challenges the status quo generally faces the burden of addressing many factors within it that make it less 'palatable' to those in power.

ART & CULTURE

 |   7-minute read

How Friends encouraged us to be a sexist, homophobic and regressive lot

Throughout its 10 seasons, the popular sitcom is littered with instances of problematic, judgemental behaviour by its characters.

SPORTS

 |   4-minute read

Why India needs Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli to be more than just good motivators

Planning, preparation, and strategy are more important and it is high time they pick up the slack in these departments.

HUMOUR

 |   8-minute read

10 years of The Dark Knight: Does the film deserve all the praise it has received?

The film is riddled with needless plot devices and nonsensical contrivances any time one sequence needs to lead to another and take the story forward.

ART & CULTURE

 |   5-minute read

How Sacred Games is burdened with our expectations

The Netflix-original series breaks new ground for Indian TV, but doesn't quite put it on par with the world.

ART & CULTURE

 |   11-minute read

Ranbir Kapoor sucks: His B-grade acting in Sanju proves it

Bollywood confuses the talent of writers, musicians and make-up artists as that of the actors alone.

ART & CULTURE

 |   4-minute read

Why are we always ready to forgive Bollywood stars for shameful behaviour?

Indian audience is far more active in demanding accountability from Hollywood than from the Mumbai film industry.