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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ektaa Malik


Ektaa Malik is a special correspondent with The Indian Express. She writes on the ever-evolving digital space, cinema and fashion.

The show is a reflection of where we are as a society: Smriti Mundhra
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Director Smriti Mundhra on making Indian Matchmaking, the tension between the old and the new and dealing with our biases

The idea of arranged marriages has evolved: Sima Taparia
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Matchmaker Sima Taparia on the reality show Indian Matchmaking, what families want and being open-minded

As D&G holds physical catwalk in a Covid-19 world, a look-back at the long road Fashion Weeks have travelled
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

We go behind the scenes to where it all started, in 1943, with the first-ever fashion show in New York.

Explained: How Brooks Brothers survived two centuries but not the pandemic
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

The Brooks Brothers, who survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and 41 US presidents, could not survive the economic fallout of the pandemic.

‘Saroj Khan was a taskmaster’
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

Choreographer Saroj Khan broke the glass ceiling of Bollywood style choreography, one step at a time.

Hamilton review: Play it on a loop
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

From the very catchy and hummable music, to the eclectic choreography — Hamilton, streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar, is a winner on all fronts.

Threads of history: The Story of PM Modi’s ‘Manipuri’ Gamchha
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

The now-trending 'Modi gamchha' has its origins in the Manipuri Leirum Phi, and many other northeastern states have their version of the same.

The Basu Chatterjee Mumbai Playlist
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

Basu Chatterjee often declared his love for Mumbai through his songs.

Mindy Kaling: ‘I never saw any minority actors play lead characters in a high school movie’
Sat, May 30, 2020

The actor-producer talks about creating a credible Indian-American teenager to play the lead in her new show, Never Have I Ever

Yogesh (1943-2020): Stories in a song
Fri, May 29, 2020

Veteran lyricist Yogesh, who penned many hits for films like Anand, Mili and Rajnigandha, passed away in Mumbai on Friday. He was 77

Space Force review: The dark side of the moon
Sat, May 30, 2020

Space Force brings the dream team of Carell and Greg Daniels, who gave us the supremely brilliant The Office seven years ago. But the Space Force is no Office, even though almost every second thing in the show reminds us of it.

The first ever ‘digital fashion week of India’ is in the works
Tue, May 26, 2020

Ever since the announcement by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), on Sunday evening, for the ‘first-ever digital fashion week of India’, the Indian fashion fraternity has been jolted out of its summer siesta.

Paatal Lok: Journey to the dark side
Fri, May 15, 2020

Paatal Lok hits home with its supremely authentic take on law enforcement, the nexus between media, politics and crime and at the same time it makes a scathing, but subtle commentary on caste, gender and sexual violence.

In Upload, there’s a mix of genres: Greg Daniels
Thu, May 07, 2020

Writer and director Greg Daniels on Upload, the tough times that we are living in and why we must not believe everything peddled on social media

Upload review: A quirky, watchable web series
Fri, May 01, 2020

Patience is the key with Upload. The first two episodes are where you have to stay put and plough through, but once you get over the nerd lingo, you get the minute satire that’s inbuilt in every scene — very Greg Daniels, who created the show.

Bamfaad actor Aditya Rawal: I always forged my own path
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Actor Aditya Rawal on his debut film, writing and growing up in a non-filmy home.

Never Have I Ever review: American Born not so Confused Desi
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Never Have I Ever is akin to a bumpy roller coaster ride. It’s enjoyable in parts, sure, but stops short of being an exhilarating experience.

Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill review: Timepass at best
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill review: The special lacks the distinct spark and the spunk that was a trademark of Kanan Gill. Here the hour-long act drags many times and feels insipid.

Hasmukh review: A matter of laughs and death
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

What works for Hasmukh is the unusual premise, of a stand-up comic needing to kill before going on stage. The perfect world-building, from the gaudy outfits to the printed shaadi-ke-tents, they are all on point. Vir Das’ foray into semi-urban India, a space where we haven’t seen him before, has revealed a different side of the actor, a side that is very welcome.

Four More Shots Please Season 2 review: Reality check needed
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

What's too tough about female bonding? Why can’t they get it right? And for the umpteenth time, its not just about getting drunk and talking about sex — that’s the pole star to which this group inadvertently steers itself to.

Ranjit Chowdhry (1955-2020): The boy next door
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Remembering Ranjit Chowdhry, once a fixture of simple Indian middle-class movies, who passed away on Wednesday.

Would get stressed about being typecast: Panchayat actor Jitendra Kumar
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Actor Jitendra Kumar on perfecting the underdog persona, his latest show Panchayat, and the need to connect with rural India.

Tiger King Murder, Mayhem and Madness: Theatre of the absurd
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness takes us into the enchanting, wild world of ‘big cat’ lovers, but completely misses the larger point of wildlife abuse and animal rights.

Panchayat review: It takes a village
Sat, Apr 04, 2020

Panchayat review: Jitendra Kumar is continuing his fine form after Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and his ‘hairan-pareshan’ expression has only gotten better. Though we wonder how long will he keep doing this underdog-needs-to-be-rescued roles.

On a Screen Near You
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

With rising TRPs during the nationwide lockdown, channels are turning to classics