Ishita Sengupta

Senior Sub Editor

Articles By Ishita Sengupta

Memory is dynamic, constantly reauthored by people: Avni Doshi on her novel and how she remembers past

Ahead of Alzheimer's Day, author Avni Doshi talks about the importance of memory and how it is dynamic, constantly reauthored by us.

Netflix’s Unbelievable underlines how women need to behave as victims to be believed as one

In the post #MeToo universe where there is an abundance of instances of disparate women sharing their private stories, Unbelievable is the show we deserve as much as we need.

Virus: A lesson in empathy

Abu’s film, Virus is brilliantly crafted and feels astonishingly economical for the sheer breadth of the trajectory it encompasses: the eruption of the medical epidemic in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala , and its eradication.

Game Over: A thriller that captures the constant fear women live with

Ashwin Saravanan’s Game Over (streaming on Netflix) — an affecting portrayal of a woman living with trauma and attempting to overcome it — deftly captures the dread, woman, especially those staying alone, live with.

The Loudest Voice review: An uneven but a timely series

The Loudest Voice takes time to pick up and despite its stellar ensemble is not consistently engrossing. But the show, even with its flaws, is a necessary watch for how timely it feels on more than one account.

Khamosh Pani: The well as a silent symbol of the pain of Partition

Women, hailed as a symbol of chastity and biological reproducers, stood at the heart of the brutality of violence that Partition entailed, with men wrestling their power and domination through and on them.

How to survive friendship(s) in times of cancel culture?

Fighting in friendship is akin to fighting for it. It is inevitable, it is imperative.

Judgementall Hai Kya: An audacious film where the artist becomes art

Actors use the medium of cinema to assume different personalities. Kangana Ranaut in Judgementall Hai Kya uses it to embrace who she is more intensely by freely admitting to her insecurities.

The (dis)comfort of stability in relationships

Many of us associate the idea of a relationship — if not love — with stability. Perhaps, rightly so.

Every single person is political: Aparna Sen on her new film Gharey Bairey, Aaj and the need for a moderate voice

Unlike the novel or Satyajit Ray’s film, where the politics of the author is not only blatant but his allegiance is foregrounded, Aparna Sen is more nuanced, less blatant in her adaptation of Gharey Bairey.

Kumbalangi Nights: Toxic masculinity decoded, destroyed

If a hero is what a hero does, he is also the way he is perceived: the gaze not only elevating him but also putting a shroud of impunity over his misconducts. In Kumbalangi Nights, this gaze — unquestionable in its devotion — is corrected.

Aziz Ansari’s RIGHT NOW: The Netflix special is an apology in progress

His special, as the name suggests, is an update of how Aziz Ansari is right now, and, contrary to what he feels, he is disillusioned.

Noblemen: This Merchant of Venice adaptation lets Shylock have his revenge

In Vandana Kataria’s directorial debut, Noblemen, actions replace words and Shylock becomes more of an idea rather than a person.

Bombers review: An underdog story that suffers from sluggish pace and a predictable plot

The problem with Bombers is not that it is trying to tell an extraordinary story in an ordinary way but that it is telling a story we already know in a voice we are all too familiar with.

Big Little Lies Season 2: Refashioning female companionships and jostling with secrets and lies

Big Little Lies Season 2: If the first season was about lies, the second season seems to be about those lies, showing up, one after the other, threatening to dismantle familiar and filial ties.

Leonard Cohen: The selfish, selfless lover

Over the years, I have not as much listened to Cohen’s songs as I have gone back to them, each time with more fervour to seek refuge.

Fathers, the quiet caregivers who struggle with affection

Affection, like other cousins of love, has its own private language. Unlike the linguistic specificity  of love, whose mere admission serves as manifestation, sometimes, affection eludes such succinct expression.

Writing did not take courage, it has been healing: Lisa Ray

In an interview with, Lisa Ray talks about her identity as an outsider, her attitude towards cancer, how the condition triggered self-introspection and her memoir. 

Fleabag: The unbearable lightness of sisterhood

Rooted in debilitating relationships is the bond shared by Fleabag and Claire. But it is the dysfunctionality, often regarded as the fundamental and accepted tenet of sisterhood, that makes the relationship most functional.

Finding my uncle in ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota’

A misfit and his love for the silver screen.