articles by Karishma Upadhyay

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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.

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Making films in times of social distancing: How the Coronavirus pandemic is bringing innovation to entertainment

With traditional production shut down, the fate of scripted television and film content is very much in a flux. But some creative minds are looking for solutions that circumvent lockdowns.

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How Mindy Kaling became a force to reckon with in an entertainment industry dominated by white men

Mindy Kaling’s a bit of a powerhouse in Hollywood today and not just for Indian-origin-Americans, but also for women in general.

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Why I prefer watching sitcoms to apocalypse-themed films and series during this Coronavirus lockdown

Move over apocalypse-themed films and series; the ordinariness of sitcoms is a welcome change

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Movies at the time of Covid-19: Could the Coronavirus Outbreak change the way we consume entertainment?

With no films releasing and all shoots scrapped, experts have estimated that this Coronavirus related shutdown is going cost Bollywood losses in the region of Rs 800 crores.

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Taj Mahal 1989 review: Poetic writing, attention to detail make this Netflix Original rise above its low production value

Everyone here is trying to build his or her own little Taj Mahal, that everlasting symbol of love.

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How The Good Place strikes a balance between being deeply philosophical and a hilarious sitcom

The first three seasons of The Good Place can be streamed on Netflix. The fourth and final season is yet to come to Netflix India.

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For India review: Vir Das' latest Netflix special is smart, timely and decodes what it means to be desi

For India is a good title for Vir Das’ latest Netflix stand-up special. The show that clocks in at just a little over 75 mins is his ‘love letter’ to the country.

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What's in a name? Love Aaj Kal borrows its title from the 2009 Imtiaz Ali film; Is it a sequel, reboot or reimagining?

Imtiaz Ali's upcoming Love Aaj Kal 2.0 only adds to the perennial confusion of Bollywood placing sequels, reboots and remakes under the same umbrella.

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Ranveer Singh, find of the decade: It's impossible to pigeonhole the versatile actor into one genre

Since his debut in 2010, Ranveer Singh has delivered one seasoned performance after another, which is a testament to his range as an actor.

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Bala, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Stree, Tanu Weds Manu: Tracing the rise and success of Bollywood films from the Hindi heartland

In the last decade, the landscape of our reel stories has shifted from London to Lucknow, and Miami to Mathura.

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Made in Heaven, Fleabag, Girls: Why this decade's 'messy' heroine trope in television is a welcome change

Fleabag is that show, the one that takes all that’s seen by society as ‘messy’ and pumps it into one central character.