Category Archives: Entertainment

Quiz time. Watching TV nonstop makes you a….?

By Nivriti Butalia

Sometime last month, the term ‘binge racer’ trickled into my consciousness. ‘What?’ Yea, well, I hear you. As far as I can tell, there is no difference between being a binge racer and being a couch potato. Apart from the fact that, to me, couch potato brings back parental admonishments from my childhood when I used to be parked in front of a big, ugly BPL TV: “Stop being a couch potato! Go out and play!”

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What history has to do with Padmavati being real, or not

By Anamika Chatterjee

Histories are written by the powerful, but memories are owned by the powerless as well. That might explain why a 14th century Rajput queen has made her way to our primetime debates. Today, Rani Padmavati — she of unparalleled beauty, devotion and valour — exists somewhere between this tussle between history and memory.

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Rooting for the screen version of a plunderer named Khilji

By Sushmita Bose

The trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati has just hit the ground running (there’s a hopelessly intriguing story doing the rounds that since Alauddin Khilji invaded Chittor in 1303 AD, the trailer was released at IST 13.03 on October 9 — 1.03pm). And though the film’s title may lead you to believe it’s hinged around Padmavati (or Rani Padmini of Chittor) — played by Deepika Padukone — for me, there was only one takeaway from the trailer. Continue reading Rooting for the screen version of a plunderer named Khilji

How to rediscover yourself at 75. Ask Mr Bachchan

By Anamika Chatterjee

In Hindi cinema’s social calendar, October 11 is no ordinary date. It is a day when — amid reams of listicles and slice-of-life pieces on ‘India’s greatest superstar’ — a fan of Hindi cinema re-examines his relationship with Amitabh Bachchan. Of course, it helps that it happens to be his birth anniversary. This week, he turned 75. Continue reading How to rediscover yourself at 75. Ask Mr Bachchan

So what really is the formula to go viral? Actually, #dunno

By Disha Dadlani

A song has been stuck in my head since the past few days. I can’t tell you what song it is, and I can’t hum it for you. I don’t know the language, neither does American TV anchor Jimmy Kimmel, but he’s in love with it too. Most recently, Jimikki Kammal, a fun and catchy Malayalam song took over the Internet, and in no time, it became a water cooler conversation topic; it’s been labelled ‘Tamil Nadu and Kerala’s Despacito,’ and made its way into flash mobs in colleges. Who knows, soon Ellen DeGeneres may dance to it too! Continue reading So what really is the formula to go viral? Actually, #dunno