articles by Natasha Coutinho-Dsouza


Bhanu Athaiya passes away: Indian cinema's pioneering costume designer brought authenticity, style to films 

Those who came into Bhanu Athaiya's orbit remember a wildly creative yet methodic professional, who brought an impressive formal expertise to the still nascent field of costume design in Indian films.


Row over publicity campaign for Sony LIV's Undekhi is past, but TV biz must quit shock tactics for marketing

An executive with a TV channel said that misfires such as with Undekhi's promotions point to the immense pressure marketing teams are under to come up with strategies that set a show apart from the proliferation of competition.


Sushant Singh Rajput passes away at 34: TV industry colleagues remember the Pavitra Rishta star

Sushant Singh Rajput had been a hugely popular television actor, in shows like Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil and Pavitra Rishta. His successful turn as the male protagonist Manav in Pavitra Rishta, a Balaji Telefilms show, spurred appearances in celebrity dance reality contests and then a commendable career in Bollywood.


Wendell Rodricks passes away: Friends from fashion, film fraternity remember designer's warmth, vibrancy

When Wendell Rodricks passed away on 12 February 2020 at the age of 59, he left behind an indelible imprint on the world of Indian fashion, culture and activism.


From KBC to Koffee With Karan and Balika Vadhu, 10 Hindi TV shows from the last decade that shaped this one

Several Hindi TV shows from 2000-2009 continued to enjoy high TRPs this decade, and audiences showered them with as much attention as they did the newer entrants. Here’s a look at the 10 shows from the previous decade that remained popular in this one:


Kapil Sharma, Naagin effect, family dramas: The shows and trends that dominated Hindi TV this decade

A talk show championing social causes, a comedy star, youthful romances and long-running family dramas, eccentric characters and reality talent hunts, gods, emperors and icchadhari naagins — the Hindi TV-scape of this decade was peopled by a motley crew.


A year after #MeToo's second wave, systemic change eludes Hindi TV industry, but attitudinal shift in evidence

Post #MeToo, mandated workplace mechanisms like ICs are yet to be instituted, but members of the Hindi TV industry say there’s greater awareness about harassment-related issues and the possibility of redressal