articles by Kusumita Das

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Eternally Confused and Eager For Love review: Yet another addition to the list of emotionally vacant high-aesthetic shows

The show co-produced by Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar among others is in the extreme Urban Hindi comfort zone, where the story is watchable, the characters super relatable, and nearly nothing is memorable.

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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 4 review: Rachel Brosnahan's show goes around in circles, but has its moments

Rachel Brosnahan as Midge continues to impress, but she isn’t given an arc to develop this season, and that feels like a colossal waste for a talent like her.

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The Weekend Away movie review: Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester anchors this unevenly paced, light whodunnit

The Weekend Away is not a badly made movie, but stories like these have been told so many times, that they have now lost their lustre.

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Emily in Paris Season 2 review: Lily Collins' Netflix show continues its magnetic allure of an airport chick-lit paperback

There is plenty of content out there for you to flex your cerebral muscles. For this one, sit back, strap your seatbelts, or get into your pajamas.

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Decoupled review: Honesty and clarity make this Madhavan show an endearing watch, aside from being hilarious

There is a lot of banter, riffing, fights, squabbles that create many humorous moments, but at the end of the day, the couple knows that they are in a sticky spot, and the show does not pretend otherwise.

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Oops! I did it again to Britney Spears: Why I can't help but forget the OG 'Toxic' song after discovering Melanie Martinez's cover

If Britney Spears' 'Toxic' transported you to a seedy dance floor with flashy lights and strangers grinding to the music, Martinez’s version gently pulls you into a very private space, probably with a DND sign hanging on the door.

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Passing movie review: Rebeca Hall's brave, bold and brilliant directorial debut is thousand layers of grey

By eliminating colour from the palette of a story that is hinged on skin tone and the world it carries, Rebecca Hall keeps the audience unsettled, from start to finish.

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As Call My Agent: Bollywood releases, a look back at the original French series that showed stardom isn't all that glitters

In a society riddled with taboo, where chai is served with a side of salacious blind items, can the Indian adaptation go beyond the ‘gossip’ appeal?

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Scenes From A Marriage review: Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac's striking chemistry wedded to cinematic realism

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac make Mira and Jonathan’s sparring, tensions, lovemaking, ugliness, and repression so real and raw that it might feel awkward and uncomfortable to watch Scenes From A Marriage with your own partner.

Arts & Culture

Book review: Attention Factory tells the story of TikTok and the mysterious art of converting attention into dollars

Attention Factory manages to tell a story, humanise the company behind TikTok, dispel myths, and decode the power of short videos that changed the world in 2020

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With Netflix show Shtisel, a walk through the neighbourhood in Jerusalem

The neighbourhood of Shtisel is just a 10-minute walk from my home in Jerusalem. But confined to a quarantined existence, I only caught its first glimpses on the hit Israeli show.

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On The Verge review: Julie Delpy is a hoot in irreverent show on female friendships

Irreverent to the core, On The Verge does not care for political correctness; and that may feel shocking at times, but remains very real. Let’s face it – who is politically correct while talking to friends?

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As Netflix show Atypical wraps up after four seasons, a look at how it navigated the tricky terrain of living on the spectrum

Atypical incorporated all the traits of a quintessential American sitcom, but through the prism of living on the spectrum. So even if Atypical looked familiar, it was far from it.

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Tracing Satyajit Ray's influence on Hindi cinema; Netflix anthology on auteur's short stories is only a drop in the ocean

A new Hindi anthology series aims to bring Satyajit Ray's legacy to the Netflix generation. Will this be our version of the 21st century retelling of Sherlock Holmes?

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Impact with Gal Gadot: National Geographic docu-series aims to make stories of real-life Wonder Women accessible

Even as the reality is hard to cope with, it brings back that one commodity that seems to be rapidly depleting from our lives – hope. And for that alone, may there be an encore.

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Breaking Boundaries review: David Attenborough’s Netflix documentary is a frantic wake-up call

David Attenborough's Netflix documentary, released a day ahead of World Environment Day, effectively conveys that the end is near through "scarily bleak figures and statistics"

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Mare of Easttown: Kate Winslet show is an examination of the love and loss embedded in motherhood

A whodunit is not typically a genre one would expect to be a study of anything maternal, but Mare of Easttown is not your quotidian guilty-pleasure crime television.

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How The Kominsky Method, Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin's brilliant Netflix show, mastered 'the art of ageing ungracefully'

Failing health and ageing as themes always provide rich fodder for self-deprecating humour but not too many stories venture into the indignities of ageing masculinity.

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North Korea: Inside The Mind Of A Dictator, Kim Jong-un docu on Nat Geo, is portrait of an enigmatic, reclusive leader

In its fairly detailed exploration of the key events in Kim Jung-un’s regime, the documentary does manage to circle around the mind of the dictator, if not crawl “inside” it as the title claims.

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Oscars 2021: Iceland's Gísli Darri Halldórsson on celebrating monotony through his nominated animated short Yes People

The director opens up on his animated short film, where the only word the characters speak is "já," which is the Icelandic word for 'yes.'