Sampada Sharma

Sampada Sharma is the Senior Sub Editor in the entertainment section at Indian Express Online. Her interests include films, web series and international television shows. She has been writing for Indian Express Online since 2017 from New Delhi. She is the alumna of Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University and Xaviers Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Articles By Sampada Sharma

Jinn Review: Netflix’s first Arabic original is an engaging supernatural teen drama

The main protagonist here is Mira (Salma Malhas) who has somehow called a Jinn after her classmate is killed mysteriously in Petra. From here on, the show takes a supernatural route while also trying to balance the dynamics of teenage friendships and relationships.

Anu Menon’s Wonder Menon: Another addition to Amazon’s list of mediocre stand-up specials

Anu Menon was one of the early VJs who made Channel V popular. She was known for her comic timing then which is still intact but what feels missing here is the freshness of content.

TV Rewind | Parks and Recreation: The Amy Poehler office drama that focused on the silver lining

Parks and Recreation starring Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza and many others began airing in 2009 and ran for seven seasons.

Leila: 3 reasons it works and 3 reasons it doesn’t

Leila tells the story of a mother looking for her lost daughter in the dystopian land of Aryavarta. Also starring Siddharth, Seema Biswas and Arif Zakaria, Leila is streaming on Netflix.

TV Rewind | Fringe: The underrated sci-fi drama that deserved more

Another gem from JJ Abrams, Fringe was a high concept sci-fi drama which had a fantastic storyline, executed with precision.

Leila first impression: The Netflix drama paints a dark picture of the future

Leila is directed by Deepa Mehta and is based on the book of the same name by Prayag Akbar. The show sets up its world by painting a dark picture of the future. While it's not that unbelievable, it certainly does not jolt you enough to make you squirm.

Saaho teaser: Prabhas sheds Baahubali image for a new and improved action avatar

Directed by Sujeeth, Saaho stars Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Jackie Shroff among others. Saaho releases on August 15.

Big Little Lies Season 2 first impression: It’s the Meryl Streep show now

Meryl Streep's Mary Louise hooks the viewer from the get-go. Of course, she is a charmer on screen but the fact that the entire season's progress hinges on her character gives her all the power here.

TV Rewind | Broadchurch: David Tennant and Olivia Colman form the perfect cop duo

Starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, Broadchurch first aired in 2013. After a three-season run, Broadchurch was wrapped up but the makers managed to give us a nail-biting mystery that delivered perfectly.

Good Omens first impression: Neil Gaiman’s dark comedy hinges on postponing the apocalypse

Good Omens first impression: The six-episode series starts off well and it would be interesting to see if an angel and demon can work well together to postpone apocalypse.

Article 15 trailer: Ayushmann fights against the discriminatory society

Article 15 movie trailer: Ayushmann Khurrana plays a cop in this Anubhav Sinha directorial. The film also stars Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub among others and releases on June 28.

Game Over trailer: Taapsee Pannu impresses in psychological thriller

Game Over movie trailer: Starring Taapsee Pannu, the film has been directed by Ashwin Saravana. The film will be released in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi on June 14.

TV Rewind | Seinfeld: The show about nothing that has everything

Seinfeld was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld and it managed to last for nine seasons. Throughout its run, it won 10 Emmy Awards but what Seinfeld gave to its audience was much more than anything that could be quantified. In my opinion, they don't make them like Seinfeld anymore and they can probably never do it again.

TV Rewind: Lost, the original binge-worthy mystery series

Lost put JJ Abrams on the map and through the six seasons the show aired, it had a cult following. Much before streaming services made binge-watching popular, Lost had all the elements that made it the perfect binge-watching experience.

TV Rewind: Mad Men – The period drama that was never dated

Mad Men was set in the 1960s advertising world and starred Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in their breakout roles. The character drama did not gloss over the inefficiencies of humans but in fact, acknowledged the ugliness that manifests within us.

TV Rewind | Sex and the City: The show that was proud of its women

It has been over 20 years since Sex and the City first premiered and over time, it has been discovered by younger generations and of course, they don't find it as 'woke' as people did back in the day. But to give credit where it's due, SATC actively explored fashion, female friendship and found its way into television’s hall of fame.

Late Night trailer: Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling take on the world of late night talk shows

Late Night trailer: Starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, Late Night premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film releases on June 7.

Arbaaz Khan on Salman Khan in Dabangg 3: It didn’t take him a second to become Chulbul Pandey

Salman Khan has already started shooting for his next film Dabangg 3 that is scheduled to release in December. Arbaaz Khan shared that Salman was back to playing Chulbul Pandey as soon as he donned the moustache.

Big Little Lies Season 2 teaser: Meryl Streep joins the Monterey Five

Big Little Lies Season 2 teaser: Meryl Streep joins the cast of Big Little Lies this season. Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will reprise their roles. The second season premiere on HBO on June 9.

Student of the Year 2 movie trailer: A sequel that no one asked for

Starring Tiger Shroff in his Baaghi avatar and newcomers Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria, the film takes ahead the franchise that launched the careers of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra.