articles by Karishma Upadhyay

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Delhi Crime’s International Emmy win paves the way for a much-needed rise in realistic storytelling

As far as cop stories go, Delhi Crime and Netflix original film, Soni, which dropped around the same time, broke the mould from what we’ve been used to seeing in this country.

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With Scam 1992 and Chhalaang, Hansal Mehta ushers in a new wave of thought-provoking, entertaining content

The last time Hansal Mehta reinvented himself he gave us films like Aligarh and Shahid. Post Scam 1992 and Chhalaang, I can’t wait to see what Hansal 3.0 will bring us.

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Junior Masterchef Australia on Disney+ Hotstar is wholesome and joyous viewing at its best

In these fraught times, the show is an escape into a world where the biggest drama is overcooked meat and runny pannacottas.

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The spectacle of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has exposed society's misogyny, apathy towards mental health

Sushant’s death should have turned the spotlight on the fragility that lies beneath the glamorous façade of showbiz. There is a desperate need to address the mental health crisis in the industry along with a conversation about the lack of economic viability in the arts.

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Changing perception of Bollywood: From global soft power to 'murky den of substance abuse and criminality'

While the vilification of Bollywood started on social media, it has slowly but surely trickled into real life.

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Revisiting Rangeela, 25 years on: How Ram Gopal Varma's path-breaking film changed Bollywood's fashion trends

Manish Malhotra’s costume design not only changed Urmila Matondkar’s onscreen image but elevated the importance of the wardrobe department on a film set.

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Beyond Shakuntala Devi, Gunjan Saxena: Where are the inspiring stories of the aam aurat in Bollywood?

While Bollywood is beginning to tell more stories that put women front and centre, they tend to be stories of extraordinary women. For every Gunjan Saxena, there's also a Tumhaari Sulu, but the former tends to outweigh the latter. We still don’t tell enough stories about the ‘every woman’.

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As content not stars take spotlight, how Indian films, series are retailoring marketing strategies for a post-COVID world

In a post-Coronavirus world, film marketers have had to come up with creative strategies to promote big Bollywood films, like Shakuntala Devi, Dil Bechara and Gunjan Saxena, ahead of their digital releases.

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Gunjan Saxena, Thappad, Panga and the rise of the male ally in Hindi cinema

In recent years, we’ve had some beautifully written male allies in our films, but none more so than Sachin Sandhu (Kumud Mishra) in Thappad, or Col Anup Saxena (Pankaj Tripathi) in Gunjan Saxena.

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With The Old Guard, Gina Prince-Bythewood sets a great example for women directors breaking into the action genre

The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood revealed Skydance approached her after Patty Jenkins delivered a blockbuster in Wonder Woman.

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Netflix film Axone and (the lack of) Northeast representation in Indian cinema and TV shows

Axone, with an ensemble cast led by Sayani Gupta, Lin Laishram and Tenzing Dalha, tells a story of what it means to be from the Northeast and live in mainland India.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Writers and creators weigh in on how the pandemic will shape the stories Bollywood tells

Director and writers talk about how the coronavirus outbreak will affect the way films are shot and stories are written in the Hindi film industry.

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The women of Gulabo Sitabo: Juhi Chaturvedi equips her female characters with agency, choice and self-worth

Gulabo Sitabo is the kind of film people have either fallen in love with, or simply haven’t cared enough to watch through — it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

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Sushant Singh Rajput passes away: The unspoken hierarchies in Bollywood and what it means to be an 'outsider'

For every cliché-ridden post of being shocked and saddened after Sushant Singh Rajput's unnatural death, there are those calling out the powers that be for their cavalier attitude towards outsiders

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Anushka Sharma's filmography as an actor is laudable, but it’s her stint as a producer that sets her apart

Anushka Sharma’s career path has been so different from the other leading ladies of our times.

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Paatal Lok, Mirzapur, Sacred Games: Has sexual violence become a common trope for 'edgy' streaming shows?

If a story line involving the brutalisation of a female character is inevitable, the questions that arise are: How is it treated? Is the act gratuitous?

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COVID-19 and paparazzi culture: With no leads and celebrities in lockdown, gossip sites are running dry

Coronavirus lockdown may prompt rethink of Page 3 culture, but celebrity gossip mill will always find takers.

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Netflix's popular reality show Too Hot to Handle is strangely relevant in the times of COVID-19

Netflix's Too Hot to Handle brings ten undeniably hot young women and men to a beautiful tropical island for ‘what they think is the most exotic summer of their lives’.

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Rishi Kapoor wasn't afraid to be himself, both online and offline, amid celebrities who thrive on political correctness

In this zero-privacy age, when his fellow celebrities still managed to keep a façade of correctness, Rishi Kapoor wasn’t afraid to be himself. And, that’s what quickly catapulted him to being a Twitter A-Lister.