Beauty and the Beast | The story of Gabrielle Villeneueve and Feminism 

The Brothers Grimm are, in many ways, one of the most influential writers in the history of literature. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm made it their life’s purpose to travel throughout Europe in the first half of the 19th century, gathering folklore which was largely unbeknownst to the world. The endearing tales like Hansel and Gretel,…

World Theatre Day | Prithvi Theatre| ‘Ladies Sangeet’ Review

27th March was World Theatre Day. So this write up is an ode to one of the shining glories of the Indian theatre scene, Prithvi Theatre, nestled in the laid back and upmarket area of Juhu,Mumbai. Since 1978, Prithvi Theatre has kept the flag of the stage play circuit in India fluttering high and we hope…

Phillauri | Movie Review | Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma

Among the list of upcoming film trailers, Phillauri was one of the few which had grabbed my attention. I am one of those paranoid movie-goers who is absolutely terrified of being prejudiced about the story before watching the actual film. So much so, that I refrain from reading any reviews or interviews or hearing even the slightest…

Trapped | Movie Review | Rajkumar Rao

Before we even begin to discuss the film, let’s take a breath and revel in the ingenuity of the avant garde that is Vikramaditya Motwane. If that name sounds a tad unfamiliar to you, let me take the liberty to name some of the projects he has worked in either as a Director or a Writer…

Mantra | Movie Review | Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapur

Amidst the force-fed machismo of mainstream cinema, there’s this off-beat genre of films which is averse to all pretense and presents life just the way it is. There is no adornment to satisfy our visual appeal or a plot that is supposed to rhyme with a song or two. These films strive to portray the most basic…

Badrinath ki Dulhania | Movie Review | Varun Dhawan | Alia Bhatt

Bollywood is replete with examples where a novel idea is conceptualised at the start but loses the plot when substance is discarded in lieu of gimmicks or forced comedy. Badrinath ki Dulhania is a prime example of such a well intentioned yet badly executed movie purporting to be a social commentary. I’m sure when the…

Lion | Movie Review | Dev Patel

Growing up in West Bengal and being a native of the sister state of Odisha, we used to travel a lot by train. Every journey would be a kaleidoscope of myriad sights and smells and sounds. Being a small child, I stood with bated breath, waiting to jump onto the next platform and embark on…

Logan | Movie Review | Hugh Jackman

“You’ve seen me, I come and stand at every door Then you’ve seen me, I always leave with less than I had before Then you’ve seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor Tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more? Tell me can you ask for…

Why Comic Con is not for me | Rant of a 90s kid

The last time I had a similar quiver in the belly was when my dad took me to those semi-urban fairs where you had the robotic future-predicting machines and the maut ka kuans or the “Pits of Doom”. After all these years of strangling and repressing the child in me, I was finally getting to go…

Split | Movie Review | M. Night Shyamalan

Sigmund Freud, through the time spent with his subjects over the years, became convinced that – “The individual does actually carry on a double existence: one designed to serve its own purposes and another as a link in a chain, in which he serves against, or at any rate without, any volition of its own.”…