articles by Karishma Upadhyay

Entertainment

Amid nationwide CAA protests, Bollywood stays mostly mum: It's time to move from reel posturing to real action

Most Bollywood celebs have been caught sitting on the fence, especially those who are more worried about self-preservation than genuinely speaking up from the heart.

Entertainment

Broken but Beautiful Season 2 review: Harleen Sethi, Vikrant Massey make love messier — and even more intriguing

Vikrant Massey delivers a powerful performance, but it is Harleen Sethi’s performance that really catches one’s eye during Season 2 of Broken but Beautiful.

Entertainment

The Wedding Guest movie review: Radhika Apte, Dev Patel, Jim Sarbh's Michael Winterbottom film fails to soar

The suspense and tension are just not there for The Wedding Guest, whose entire narrative seems to be steeped in the classic tropes of film noir.

Entertainment

With Saand Ki Aankh and Bala, young Bollywood stars are shrugging off their image-consciousness to 'look the part'

Actors like Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar belong to a new breed that’s challenging the Bollywood stereotypes of what a hero/heroine should look like onscreen.

Entertainment

Hrithik Roshan is back: With bonafide hits in Super 30 and War, the actor has found fresh wings

Hrithik’s been written off before, but he’s somehow always beaten the odds and forced his way back into the reckoning.

Entertainment

Cancel culture doesn't silence celebrities; it merely holds them accountable for their words and actions

In Sticks and Stones, Dave Chappelle complains about how regular people the world-over are holding him and his fellow celebrities accountable for their words and actions.

Entertainment

Questioning the popularity of Friends in 2019: 25 years on, it is clear why the sitcom hasn't aged well

There’s a reason why the demand for Friends is fuelled by Gen-Xers, but hasn’t managed to find that kind of love from a younger audience.

Entertainment

With Bard of Blood, The Family Man and War up for release, tracing the evolution of the spy genre in India

Amazon Prime gets its first desi spy drama this month (The Family Man, 20 September) and so does Netflix (Bard of Blood, 27 September). After binge watching these two shows over the next two weekends, you can then walk into a theatre the following Friday and catch some more spy action with Yashraj Films’ War releasing on 2 October.

Entertainment

Dilli Darlings on Zee5 is guilty-pleasure reality TV at its best, a dramatic take on Delhi socialites at its worst

Dilli Darlings is the kind of content that lets us indulge in some hidden desire to live a certain kind of life while reassuring us that we’re better than these people.

Entertainment

Breaking Bad: Before El Camino, a look at what made Vince Gilligan's crime series a modern classic

Last weekend, when Netflix dropped the trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, it resuscitated long dead discussion boards and brought an end to years of speculation on the possibility of one last hurrah.

Entertainment

From Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to Luck By Chance, why we love watching films about the movies

The problematic stereotypes aside, what Quentin Tarantino manages to achieve through Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is to bring alive the world of movies of the late 1960s.

Entertainment

Mainstream Hindi cinema has contributed greatly in glossing over Kashmir, and diluting local perspective

Bollywood used Kashmir as a catalyst for romance, providing a near-perfect visual treat for audiences looking to escape their lives for three hours.

Entertainment

How Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! influenced desi pop culture 25 years ago, from weddings to soap operas

You could have been listening to Nirvana and wearing Doc Martens to college every day, but the minute it was time to go desi, this Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! set the benchmark.

Entertainment

Anushka Sharma's decision to take sabbatical from acting shows actors like her rise above fear of irrelevance

Anushka Sharma says her decision to not sign a film post Zero last year is because as creative people, actors need to take sabbaticals.

Entertainment

Kabir Singh makes Rs 275 crore, reviving a crucial debate: Do movie reviews influence box office performance?

A film review is a marketing tool for the filmmaker, but double-edged because it’s one they can’t control.

Entertainment

From Big Little Lies to Game of Thrones, when one bad season ruins our favourite TV series

In the age of peak TV, showrunners have often ruined a good thing by taking it a tad too far

Entertainment

Made in Heaven, Chernobyl, Russian Doll, Delhi Crime: Best shows of 2019 so far across streaming services

While there have been international hit shows like Chernobyl and Russian Doll, India has offered great content in the form of Made in Heaven and Delhi Crime.

Entertainment

Stranger Things season 3 shows nostalgia has become a genre in itself and an escape into 'happier times'

The latest season of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things is a fitting tribute to the power of social listening, if there ever was any.

Entertainment

The Office: Will Hotstar's Hindi remake match up to the Steve Carell-fronted American version?

Remaking a show like The Office comes with a set of guarantees, because the source material is so good. But it also comes with many, many expectations.

Entertainment

Netflix's Leila exposes Indians to genre of dystopian fiction; is India ready to tell its cautionary tales?

Netflix's dystopian drama Leila is the most recent example of content that one could not have hoped to see either on television or in theatres.