Shailaja Bajpai has been writing about television since 1984. "Far too long," in her own words. But she has also watched it change, grow, grow and grow into what is today... the elephant in the room and any conversation on any subject. In her case, it would be true to say that you have to pay her to watch television!
Indian TV needs to look out at the world more, be less insular.
TV is falling behind the streaming services.
In Parliament and outside, the PM remains the consummate campaigner
Hindi channels’ coverage was more sober, balanced than that of English channels.
But was he probed well enough in interviews last week?
News did what it does best during SC crisis — impugn motives, pass judgement
India’s TV shows are limited to voyeurism, myth and lazy formula.
In the last week, there was news on news TV
IN 2017, Arvind Kejriwal’s place as the darling of the TV camera has been taken over by another Yogi, Adityanath. After he became UP CM in April, he has been the reigning king of Hindi news TV. PM Modi, beware.
What “moral” right did RG have to watch a film, that too, Star Wars? Was it, perhaps, to learn from The Resistance a thing or two about defeating the First Order? Or is this an interest Modi and Rahul share?
But for the Italy diversion, the Gujarat campaign was a grim sight.
For some, the demolition of the mosque was his fault. And Rahul is Aurangzeb.
News channels tracked the First Daughter’s visit, couldn’t figure out why .
Must TV channels give so much air time to the threat-throwing group?
Question ahead of Gujarat polls: Isn’t Hardik Patel entitled to privacy?
One year ago, it was on TV that the prime minister took us all by surprise.
Everyone is talking about him. He’s bow-wowing viewers everywhere.
Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat and Rajasthan’s proposed ‘media gag’ got the channels interested.
A question for KBC: Why has current affairs replaced Bollywood on the show?
Why can’t channels invite cinema’s finest, a la Kundan Shah, to make TV shows?
Food shows are a feast for the eyes, even if they need a little bit of censoring.
Footage of women being harassed does nothing to shame the perpetrators.
Indian TV is not good enough to have an award of its own
Congress vice president could borrow some telegenic spunk.
This is the moment, perhaps, to ask why India’s world ranking on press freedom is falling.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh overshadowed the resolution at Doklam
People’s real problems seldom make it to the evening gladiatorial contests.
Varnika Kundu took on her stalker, united otherwise warring news channels
Most news channels ignore the vegetable, while Nitish turns a shade of red
In the last few weeks, the women in blue have hit the men out of the TV headlines like Harman hit the ball out of the ground and Australia out of the Women’s Cricket World Cup and all the drama that went with that.
In the guise of entertainment and news, a lot of talking down to women. During the IIFA Awards, star scions of Bollywood guffawed at their own witticisms at the expense of Kangana Ranaut louder than the assembled audience.
After Amarnath attack, a question: Is it only politicians who play politics?
Why can’t TV news simply say ‘Modi in Israel’?
The Modi-Trump meeting, in detail: Not bad for two gentlemen whom we saw perched rather uncomfortably on the edge of their seats in the White House where Times Now had claimed they would meet for “5 hours, one to one”.
India lost to Pakistan on the cricket field. But that’s not all
Less coverage of issues like farmers’ protests makes these seem unimportant
Sridevi as a timeless beauty and fashion icon through the years