Mimi Review – Well Intentioned But Skin Deep, Mimi Could Have Been So Much More

Tall, svelte and charming, yet never the choice for a ‘strong’ role; Kriti Sanon is an actor wasted so far. With Mimi, the PR stunt drop of a film on Netflix, she tries her best to become an actor to be taken seriously. While it looks at a complex and morally polarizing issue through aContinue reading “Mimi Review – Well Intentioned But Skin Deep, Mimi Could Have Been So Much More”

How GST Has Made Life’s Little Joys A Lot Dearer In India

More often than not, here in India, we talk about the bigger picture. Terms like ‘macro’, ‘long term’, ‘future’, ‘inclusion’ are thrown in as jargon in pretty much every conversation that focuses on economic, social or socio-economic development. While policy makers and the government use these terms because it becomes their job, regular folk alsoContinue reading “How GST Has Made Life’s Little Joys A Lot Dearer In India”

Here’s Why The Unlikeable Heroine Doesn’t Work In Bollywood Films

From huge billboards, bus stand posters to tepid reviews of a much hyped release, Haseen Dillruba on Netflix has gotten as much attention as any big ticket theatrical film. Extreme responses to its protagonist Taapsee Pannu and its story, has driven both its heroine, and its writer Kanika Dhillon to also react angrily. This DillrubaContinue reading “Here’s Why The Unlikeable Heroine Doesn’t Work In Bollywood Films”

Tough Parenting Battles That I Wish I Could Win

Not about life’s ‘big’ parenting challenges, this one is about the little ones that have made me sweat. Here’s a ready reckoner from a not so yummy mommy who survives and learns something new so often about bringing up a kid Trying to be a mother, one that is superb at it, hasn’t always worked.Continue reading “Tough Parenting Battles That I Wish I Could Win”

Celebrity or Regular People, Time to Get Over Divorce Noise

Aamir Khan & Kiran Rao have announced their divorce. They called themselves an extended family and co-parents to their son Azaad in their press statement. Given the subsequent hue and cry online, they have now released a video, holding hands, like an appeasement message, saying their relationship has changed but they are happy. And theyContinue reading “Celebrity or Regular People, Time to Get Over Divorce Noise”

What Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar Tells Us About Judging Actors And Filmmakers

When Dibakar Banerjee first announced Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar about six years ago, everyone worth their salt viewed it with interest (and some skepticism). After all Yash Raj Films has a standard, cut and dried structure for rolling out potentially popular and mass entertainment films. Most are produced slickly and use the best of VFX,Continue reading “What Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar Tells Us About Judging Actors And Filmmakers”

Why Schooling My Child Online Makes Zero Sense To Me

“Clap yourself, Clap yourself!” When a tinny voice rang out through my laptop, my 4-year-old blinked. He couldn’t figure out what was going on (naturally).  Online school for prep (pre-primary in Indian terms, a standard above nursery internationally) had begun. And so had a surreal experience in the vagaries of law, regulation and the pointlessnessContinue reading “Why Schooling My Child Online Makes Zero Sense To Me”

Why The Handmaid’s Tale Is One Of My All Time Favorite Shows

Dark, desolate and downright frightening, the dystopian universe where this series of extremes features a misogynistic worldview that rings very close to present day lived reality As The Handmaid’s Tale wraps up its fourth season, reviews and opinions, debates and discussions online proliferate. Adding another one to this list of reviews isn’t my intention. IContinue reading “Why The Handmaid’s Tale Is One Of My All Time Favorite Shows”

Kate Winslet Shows There’s More To Middle Age

Kate Winslet is 45 and a mother of three. One of her three kids is a baby. So her decision to play a youngish grandmother in Mare of Easttown might come across as unusual. Despite best efforts to break free from the image of a gorgeous English beauty, Rose in Titanic still looms large overContinue reading “Kate Winslet Shows There’s More To Middle Age”

Why Looking Natural On Screen Works With Viewers

When Kate Winslet walks on to the setting of Mare of Easttown (2021), the first thing that strikes you is just how beautiful she is! Try as she might, she can’t look anything but striking. Winslet wears her age proudly, with lines and wrinkles and greying hair. Dressed in loose casuals without any make upContinue reading “Why Looking Natural On Screen Works With Viewers”