articles by Karishma Upadhyay

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15 years of Rang De Basanti, patriotism versus jingoism and how the modern classic has aged

One can’t help wonder how a film like Rang De Basanti would go down with audiences if it was released today — in the age of jingoism, majoritarianism and divisive politics.

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History of Swear Words on Netflix is a crash course on how linguistic excesses snaked their way into pop culture

With the sudden fancy for cuss words in everything that is Indian OTT, maybe it is time for a desi version.

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Censoring of OTT content seems to be limited to curbing voices of dissent; nuanced regulation could be a way forward

Censorship back in the days of single-channel TV was all about providing ‘clean’ entertainment on a mass platform rather than curbing a difference of opinion or catering to the powers-that-be. You’d imagine a 2021 version of that old formula would continue work for the common man.

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Prajakta Koli, CarryMinati, Bhuvan Bam, Mallika Dua — why digital influencers are fetching key acting roles

For digital creators, many of whom are aspiring actors, their online popularity is helping them find a foothold in an industry that is notoriously difficult to break into.

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Udaan to AK vs AK, Vikramaditya Motwane’s decade-long genre-hopping filmography is commendable

Vikramaditya Motwane has gone on to explore many genres as a director, from his debut film Udaan, to Lootera, Trapped and Bhavesh Joshi Superhero. The genre-bending headiness in AK vs AK is the cherry on Motwane's filmography cake, and there's enough reason to be excited about what he does next.

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Production slowdown, hybrid releases, PR crises: How mainstream Bollywood coped with 'the year from hell'

Trade analysts put the overall loss to the Hindi movie business anywhere between Rs 5000 crores and Rs 9000 crores depending on who one speaks to, but in all of this it’s important to remember those who have been the hardest hit – the daily wage workers, junior artists, and the single screen owners.

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The Fabulous Life of Neelam: Actress opens up on her Bollywood career, returning in front of the camera

"What if people hated me?" was Neelam Kothari's first thought on being offered to be a part of Netflix reality series, The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives. In this interview, the actress discusses her illustrious Bollywood career and staying relevant through the years.

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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.