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Ektaa Malik


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

Delhi: Musical on B R Ambedkar to be released on January 5
Fri, Dec 24, 2021

🔴 Manish Sisodia said, “The event will begin from January 5, and 50 shows will be held in Delhi, two shows in a day — at 5 pm and 8 pm. It will done on a grand scale in a big venue, Broadway style.”

Film fraternity urges Centre not to merge/close film bodies
Fri, Dec 24, 2021

Former I&B minister Prakash Javadekar had announced in December last year to merge FD, NFAI, DFF and CFSI with NFDC, a “loss-making” public sector undertaking.

How Urf, the documentary on Bollywood look-alikes that’s headed to IFFR 2022, got made
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Filmmaker Geetika Narang Abbasi on being fascinated by the celebrity look-alikes in the Hindi film industry, the quest to finding them and making the film, which will be premiere in the Cinema Regained section

Wheel of Time review: No shock and awe in this bad copy of Game of Thrones
Fri, Nov 19, 2021

Wheel of Time review: While Game of Thrones felt like it was on acid, with the many twists and turns, WOT feels like a show that’s taken a downer like Xanax. Fantasy on Xanax is not a mix that goes down well.

Manu Bhandari — ‘She gave the Hindi literary world pragmatic, bold heroines’
Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Bhandari, on whose stories popular films Rajnigandha (1974) and Swami (1977) were based, passed away on Monday in Gurgaon. She was 90.

Red Notice review: Dwayne Johnson film overpromises and underdelivers
Sat, Nov 13, 2021

Red Notice movie review: Dwayne Johnson-Gal Gadot-Ryan Reynolds’ film is like an auto rickshaw ride down Delhi roads in peak evening traffic, where the saving grace is the Chatty Cathy of an auto rickshaw driver -- in this film's case, Reynolds.

How is Brand SRK holding up against calls for boycott?
Sun, Oct 31, 2021

In the neo-swadeshi movement, it's not enough to be made in India, but brands also have to project the right kind of Indianness

On the set: death of Bruce Lee’s son and child actors, injuries to Bachchan, others
Sun, Oct 24, 2021

A cinematographer has died after actor Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun while shooting a film. A look at some of the serious accidents that have happened on set over the years, causing death and injury.

#boycottFabIndia: Clothing brand pulls ad after latest campaign sparks row
Wed, Oct 20, 2021

Many netizens called out FabIndia for unnecessarily trying to infuse religions, and trying to impose a ‘secular’ world view on a Hindu festival.

House of Secrets The Burari Deaths review: Netflix docu-series gives goosebumps but fails to ask the right questions
Tue, Oct 12, 2021

House of Secrets review: From incorporating the many conspiracy theories, to revealing the actual truth, the docu-series unravels like a work of fiction, backed by a solid screenplay. But its execution is hampered by the short-sightedness of its creators.

House of Secrets The Burari Deaths director Leena Yadav: ‘The mind behind the crime is the biggest catch’
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Director Leena Yadav on making a documentary series on the famous Burari mass-suicide case, crime and violence on screen, and how fiction differs from factual filmmaking

Explained: What’s Korean show Squid Game, and why is it insanely popular?
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Squid Game is the opposite of the saccharine sweet K-Dramas where romance is the dominant theme. It has no well dressed people or exotic settings; it is a straight-off dystopian thriller.

Explained: The legacy of James Bond
Fri, Oct 01, 2021

James Bond: A look back at the character, its origins and the enduring mass appeal that has lasted for more than half a century.

Reopens after close to two years: PVR Anupam, India’s first multiplex, gets a new name, features
Fri, Oct 01, 2021

On Thursday, after almost two years, PVR Anupam opened in a revamped avatar as PVR Saket. The highlight of the evening was a special screening of the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die.

Eight films and shows that take you into the country side
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us pack our bags and head to greener pastures. Many of our films and shows, too, have sent out protagonists to smaller towns and places, where they found their calling and made it their home

Ankahi Kahaniya review: Stories in this Netflix anthology were better left unsaid
Sat, Sep 18, 2021

Ankahi Kahaniya review: Netflix seems to be obsessed with the anthology format. We have had a tonne of them lately, with Ray, Navrasa, Ajeeb Dastaans and a host of others. We wonder why?

Sex Education Season 3 review: Scintillating Netflix series enamours us with empathy
Mon, Dec 27, 2021

Sex Education Season 3 review: Watch this show and get enamoured by this beautiful series, and a scintillating third season. Perhaps it can teach our schools a thing or two.

Explained: A look at the politics of fashion at MET Gala 2021
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

MET gala 2021: The fashion extravaganza had several sartorial moments, but what stood out was the political stances of many attendees.

Explained: What is the outrage about Priyanka Chopra’s new show, The Activist?
Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Priyanka Chopra, Usher and Julianne Hough are facing criticism online after being cast as judges on a reality show titled 'The Activist'. What is the controversy about, and what happens now?

Shang-Chi review: Simu Liu starrer is not the Asian Black Panther we were promised
Sat, Sep 04, 2021

Shang-Chi review: It just seems as if Shang-Chi is someone who has been thrown into the deep end of the pool and he is doggy-paddling to stay afloat.

TV actor Sidharth Shukla passes away at 40
Sat, Sep 04, 2021

Actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40: Sidharth Shukla passed away at the age of 40 on Thursday. He was the winner of Bigg Boss 13 and had appeared in popular shows such as Balika Vadhu and Dil Se Dil Tak.

‘M’ in US, ‘L’ here: Govt begins survey to chart India-specific sizes
Fri, Aug 27, 2021

While the project was announced in February 2019, it got delayed because of the pandemic.

PVR Priya, once a popular haunt, gets new look
Fri, Aug 27, 2021

PVR Priya: The cinema hall has been around since 1978 and was renovated earlier in 1990. It shut down completely some months prior to the Covid pandemic.

Comedy Premium League review: The closest India will get to a Saturday Night Live
Sat, Aug 21, 2021

Comedy Premium League review: The show gets real when comics take digs at themselves and go off the script.

‘Comedy is a funny way of being serious’
Thu, Aug 19, 2021

Tanya Bami, Director, International Originals, Netflix India, on Indian comedy, Comedy Premium League, Kapil Sharma and why laughter will always lead the way.