articles by Aditya Mani Jha

Entertainment

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier underlines how racial inequality is a crucial aspect of the buddy cop genre

The classic buddy cop vibe is two unlikely partners of different races teaming up for the greater good, suffering each other’s excesses along the way, becoming 'frenemies.'

Entertainment

Oscars 2021: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross' Original Score nominations for Mank, Soul are testament to their versatility

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross previously won in 2010, for David Fincher’s The Social Network, beating heavyweights Hans Zimmer and AR Rahman among others.

Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist — Netflix special gives an instructive insight into late actor's professional life

Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist is Netflix’s tribute to the late actor, one of the industry’s most well-liked figures.

Entertainment

Coda movie review: Patrick Stewart, Katie Holmes' sincere performances make this 'May-December' a winner

Coda refuses to rehash the well-worn tropes of this ‘May-December’ subgenre, swapping it out for an almost Bergman-like contemplativeness.

Entertainment

This is a Robbery review: Netflix docuseries is diligent, old-fashioned, and refreshingly free of bombast

This is a Robbery delivers what it promised — a simple, well-told story that does its best to unpack one of America’s most intriguing, unsolved crimes

Entertainment

Ahead of The Big Bull, evaluating Ajay Devgn's record as a producer, from Parched to Bhuj: The Pride of India

Suppressed under the weight of chest-thumping vanity projects like Shivaay, Singham 2, and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, there are also minor gems by Ajay Devgn Ffilms in Parched and Aapla Manus.

Entertainment

Coded Bias review: Remarkable documentary on Netflix examines racist facets of facial recognition systems

Coded Bias rounds up the troublingly ways artificial intelligence is being used around the world to assess the everyday lives of billions of people — intermittently reminding us of a long and grim fight.

Entertainment

Why Anand Gandhi's OK Computer is a commendable attempt at homegrown science fiction

OK Computer has delivered a worthy failure, at least, one that is intermittently enjoyable. Who knows what it could achieve with a better writing team?

Entertainment

Koi Jaane Na movie review: Kunal Kapoor's film is narratively weak with veneer-thin characters

Koi Jaane Na fails to get a single filmmaking discipline right, much less all of them

Entertainment

Godzilla vs Kong and the future of Kaiju cinema: Why MonsterVerse films herald new direction for the genre

Godzilla vs Kong belongs to the Kaiju genre of cinema that began in Japan in the 1950s, but has since spread across the world, especially Hollywood.

Arts & Culture

Remembering Shovon Chowdhury: Power, and man's infinite capacity to abuse it, was the writer's great subject

Through his books and op-eds, Chowdhury parodied bureaucratic doublespeak, the Bengali obsession with Durga Puja pandals, the idiosyncrasies of middle-class India and pretty much anything else that took his fancy.

Entertainment

Nancy Drew, streaming on Voot Select, takes the business of a ‘gritty’ reimagining a little too seriously

The Gen Z Nancy Drew has palpable baggage and series star Kennedy McMann does a good job of playing the hot mess that the show’s writers clearly want her to be.

Entertainment

How The White Tiger's hammy voice-over narrative adds to its white gaze conundrum

Voice-over (VO) work is not among Bollywood’s strong suites, and even though The White Tiger isn't a Bollywood film per se, it suffers the same problems of clichés as any other Bollywood film when it comes to voiceover narratives.

Entertainment

Gullak on SonyLIV belongs to TVF's new brand of soft nostalgia, family binge-watching, and small-town slowness

Until recently, the binge was a necessarily solo activity. Now, however, we are in the middle of the ‘smart TV’ boom. Parents are looking for things they can watch at home, but with their children watching, too.

Entertainment

Larry King, often misunderstood for his softball approach as celebrity interviewer, is a sizeable loss to television

Larry King, who lived through the radio and network eras, the cable boom and saw the birth of the social media epoch, was one of the last remaining links to several bygone eras.

Arts & Culture

2020, a year in reading: Amid the pandemic's disruptions of everyday rhythms, the narratives that transcended the din

The disruption of reading rhythms was among the smaller casualties of 2020, but these titles were some of the best in fiction, non-fiction and poetry that the year had to offer.

Arts & Culture

The Arvind Krishna Mehrotra interview | 'There’s a lack of historicity in way we think, talk, write about Indian literature'

In 'The Book of Indian Essays: Two Hundred Years of Indian Prose', Mehrotra collects some of the best Indian essays of all time — including works by old favourites like GV Desani, RK Narayan, Nissim Ezekiel and Shama Futehally, all the way up to contemporary luminaries like Pankaj Mishra and Amitav Ghosh.

Entertainment

Ludo and anthology cinema: How Anurag Basu's film compares to other international, Bollywood films of the genre

It’s fair to say that Ludo is more of an interesting, articulate failure than a triumph. It’s also fair to say that Anurag Basu’s failures are generally interesting and even instructive.

India

As TN uni drops 'Walking with the Comrades' on ABVP plaint, why Arundhati Roy's 2011 book is a must-read

In Walking with the Comrades, Arundhati Roy blends reportage with her signature polemic style to indict the Indian state for crimes against some of its most vulnerable citizens, the adivasis living in the forests of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and so on.

Entertainment

Saloni Gaur on a showbiz career at 20, and how Uncommon Sense is reminiscent of Jaspal Bhatti's Flop Show

Structured like an old-fashioned ‘variety show’, Saloni Gaut's Uncommon Sense combines stand-up, sketches and other assorted comedic attractions.