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Friday, May 07, 2021

Ektaa Malik


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

How a son’s photographs of his elderly father’s battle with COVID-19 won him a POY Asia award
Sat, May 01, 2021

The Indian Express photographer Amit Chakravarty's montage on his father’s fight against COVID-19 has won him the second spot in the Picture of the Year-Asia 2021

The Disciple review: A delicately woven offering
Sat, May 01, 2021

The Disciple sneaks up on you with its truth just as Court did. But that’s Tamhane’s signature. The film is a delicately woven macramé offering, built knot-by-knot, scene-by-scene.

Explained: Life-lessons from My Octopus Teacher
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Craig Foster talks at length about the impact the octopus has on his life, and how his relationships with other human beings also changed. He also attributes the ‘gentleness’ in his son — now a diver himself — to the thousands of hours spent in nature.

‘We underestimate the power of empathy women bring’
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

Film producer Guneet Monga, awarded France’s second-highest civilian honour, on stories that choose her, the importance of supporting women-led projects and what it takes for a movie to get into the Oscars

A voice of the voiceless, actor-singer Vira Sathidar dies of Covid
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Sathidar died of complications arising out of Covid at a Nagpur hospital on Tuesday. He was 61.

Can clothes have a domino effect?
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Fashion designer Ruchika Sachdeva on everyday chic, her love for kantha, and why she believes in slow fashion

Explained: The role, significance of film certification tribunal, now abolished
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

The abolition means filmmakers will now have to approach the High Court whenever they want to challenge a CBFC certification, or lack of it.

OK Computer review: Vijay Varma series is an acquired taste but worth the effort
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

OK Computer review: Even for those who like sci-fi, this Vijay Varma-Radhika Apte starrer would take some getting used to. But tide it out, as it is worth it.

Explained: Ripped jeans — and everything about them
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

Ripped jeans have been around since the 70s. We look at their origin, popularity and modern adaptation.

Dazzling details, with a side of pop culture
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Day 1 of the ongoing FDCI x Lakme Fashion Week had designer Anamika Khanna present a collection blending art and textile

Tastes like cardboard: the long term effects of Covid
Mon, Mar 15, 2021

The diminished ability to taste, or hypogeusia, impacts our mental health much more than we think. Along with anosmia — the complete or partial loss of smell — it can wreak havoc on one’s perception of food.

Not just Meghan Markle-Prince Harry’s interview, six times talk shows got the world talking
Sun, Mar 14, 2021

Late-night television and its numerous talk shows have had their share of truth bombs drop on talk shows. Besides the Royals’ interview that grabbed global attention, here are six other times talk shows got the world talking.

Explained: What is the row between Bombay Begums and the child rights body?
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

The NCPCR, a statutory body formed under an act of the Indian Parliament in 2007, issued a legal notice to Bombay Begums on Thursday, asking Netflix to stop airing the show for its "inappropriate portrayal” of children.

The meeting of the giants: After 15 years, Lakme Fashion Week and Fashion Design Council of India will present a joint showcase
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

"For now, we are creating this partnership only for this particular edition, as both LFW and FDCI were facing similar challenges, courtesy of the pandemic," Sunil Sethi, President FDCI

1962 The War In the Hills review: We suffered through this Hotstar Special so you don’t have to
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

1962: The War In the Hills review: Set in 1962, just as the 1962 Indo-China war is about to break out, the show pretends to be a period piece, but fails miserably.

Flora and Ulysses review: A happy, uplifting film
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Watch Flora and Ulysses, curled up on the couch, preferably with your family. With the year that the entire world has had, we could do with such films, which make you believe that better things are around the corner.

Actor-producer Rajiv Kapoor dies at 58
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Rajiv Kapoor, who was the youngest son of veteran filmmaker Raj Kapoor, and the sibling of Rishi and Randhir Kapoor, passed away on February 9 in Mumbai after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 58.

Why can’t the acceptance be extended to a woman who has shaved her head on a whim?
Sun, Jan 17, 2021

Hair, especially for women, has almost always been sacrosanct. Medusa, the female monster from Greek mythology, had snakes for hair locks, and anyone who looked into her eyes turned to stone.

Satya Paul, who introduced Indian fashion to bold prints, neon colours, dies
Fri, Jan 08, 2021

The man behind the brand, designer Satya Paul, died on Thursday, at Isha Ashram in Coimbatore. He was 78. The veteran designer had been unwell for some time, after having suffered a stroke in December last year.

Explained: As Coolie No. 1 releases, a look at the ‘coolie’ in Hindi films
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

Indian cinema has had an old relationship with the character of the “coolie” — this isn’t the first time there’s an entire film on it.

OTT must duck formula trap: Pankaj Tripathi
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

His comment, coming at the end of a year that saw the Hindi film industry embroiled in a debate about nepotism, was made at the Express eAdda on Monday, where the actor was in conversation with national features editor Devyani Onial and the Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta.

The go-to actor for new stories, Pankaj Tripathi at eAdda today
Mon, Dec 28, 2020

Among those at the forefront of this phase in entertainment, playing out largely on online streaming services, is Pankaj Tripathi, credited with delivering some of 2020’s most talked about performances.

Sandwiched Forever review: A cringefest
Fri, Dec 25, 2020

Nothing, and we stress on the nothing, is funny about the sitcom. We see garish loud colours, over the top eye rolls, and actors who don’t really need to prove their worth, but instead are found hamming.

Criminal Justice Season 2 review: A gripping morality tale
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors is no Orange is the New Black, Netflix’s breakout series, though one can see hints of the Australian series Wentworth.

10 most loved films and popular plays themed on Christmas promise to bring in festive cheer
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Take a trip to the North Pole or watch how a little girl can change the heart of a Grinch and while at it, stop to laugh with pantomime artiste Dick Whittington.