articles by Kusumita Das


Narendra Modi's Man vs Wild episode plays it safe with meme-worthy moments and hackneyed messaging

Narendra Modi's Man vs Wild episode premiered in 180 countries, ushering aur achche din for Discovery at least, which played it back to back on their channel.


Anupam Kher on showing a judge's dilemma in One Day, and why his autobiography is celebration of his failures

“People treat 35 years like, okay, now it’s time to retire. But no! This is just the interval for me,” says Anupam Kher, ahead of his autobiography launch.


The Tashkent Files movie review: High on hysteria and hamming, Vivek Agnihotri's film comes off as a cheap trick

Director Vivek Agnihotri’s purpose behind Tashkent Files is as clear as day light, but he spends 144 minutes trying to hide it


Modi: Journey of a Common Man review — Dramatic performances, selective re-telling of political events

In the middle of the drama around PM Narendra Modi biopic's theatrical release, five episodes of a web series titled Modi: Journey of a Common Man are quietly streaming on Eros Now.


De De Pyar De trailer is a rude reminder that the impact of #MeToo in Bollywood has been minimal

The #MeToo movement in the West brought down 201 powerful men. We are nothing close to this number in Bollywood.


Flip review: Bejoy Nambiar brings together four edgy and engaging stories in this web anthology

Throughout the four short films that constitute Flip, Bejoy Nambiar remains restrained but in no way does he water down things.


The Least of These movie review: Graham Staines biopic starring Sharman Joshi is unremarkable, melodramatic

Hollywood production The Least of These is a missed opportunity for a telling biopic of a brave and selfless man and, instead, ends up becoming fuzzy and overdramatic.


Gone Kesh movie review: An important take on hair-normative culture that relies too much on assumptions

Gone Kesh is an important story to tell in the hair-normative culture we live in, where hair is seen as representative of femininity


Oscars 2019: Academy's selection of short film nominees shows regard for potent storytelling

As others continue their obsession with all things mainstream, nominees of one of the quietest categories at the Oscars, the short film category, are gearing up to take home the greatest honour


Perumal Murugan: 'Our society doesn’t have the right attitude towards reading and engaging with a book'

Today, with six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in his folio, Perumal Murugan is not only a crucial voice in Tamil literature, but also a professor of the same.


Four More Shots Please! review: Amazon Prime Video India Original fails to make its characters worth rooting for

Four More Shots Please! ends up being more raunchy than rich, despite its woke cast, convincing performances and 10 layers of gloss on every frame.


Relatable review: Ellen DeGeneres' Netflix comedy special is a warm bowl of soup on a cold December night

Ellen DeGeneres' comedy special is no Nanette. Relatable is classic old school escapist comedy, observational and confessional.


Priyanka-Nick or Ranveer-Deepika, Bollywood's found a new superhit formula — celebrity weddings

If one had Sabyasachi, the other had Ralph Lauren; if one had a lake, the other had a palace (fairytale weddings, remember?); if one scored Bollywood, the other scored the Prime Minister


C for Crime: Vice India's six-part series is a bite-sized crash course on the real Mirzapur

Inspired by the recently released Amazon Prime original web series Mirzapur, VICE India’s latest is a “crime documentary” titled क Se Crime.


Mirzapur review: Pointless, copious gore sinks Amazon Prime's latest Original in its own bloodshed

Aside from a few redeeming moments, Mirzapur remains profane, graphic and destructive, but never explosive. Despite all the bangs, it ends up in a whimper.


Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival Day 7 highlights: Colombian film Birds of Passage, Steve McQueen's Widows

Birds of Passage was the screened at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes this year and was among the most talked about films at the 20th Jio MAMI Film Festival.


Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival Day 6: Darren Aronofsky's masterclass, Amos Gitai’s A Tramway In Jerusalem

Highlights from Day 6 of Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival: Darren Aronofsky's insightful masterclass and Amos Gitai’s A Tramway In Jerusalem.


Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival Day 5: Lucrecia Martel’s masterclass, Mohamed Siam’s powerful docu-feature Amal

Highlights from Day 5 of MAMI Film Festival: Lucrecia Martel’s masterclass, Royal Stag Select Barrel’s Large Short Films and Egyptian director Mohamed Siam’s docu-feature Amal.


Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival Day 4: Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon, Woman At War and serpentine queues

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon, Sivaranjani and Two Other Women and Marathi film Dhappa stood out on Day 4 of MAMI.