articles by Poulomi Das

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Superintelligence movie review: Melissa McCarthy's rom-com could do with some intelligence

Superintelligence's utter confusion at locating itself as either a comedy or a thriller keeps being an utter disappointment

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How Sanya Malhotra's Pagglait challenges the notion of widowhood, perpetuated by Hindi cinema

Pagglait is perhaps one of those rare emotionally intelligent films that questions whether grief should really be an obligation anymore.

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A definitive ranking of Dibakar Banerjee films, from Khosla Ka Ghosla to Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

In the last decade, if there has been one Hindi film director who has constantly resisted being boxed in, it’s Dibakar Banerjee.

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Why global acclaim for Adarsh Gourav is so satisfying: Actor's rise goes against mechanisms of regular Bollywood

It’s surreal and commendable to think of what Adarsh Gourav has managed post The White Tiger, given that actors working in Hindi cinema don’t usually have a history of successfully and comfortably transcending their cachet to a global platform.

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Bombay Begums: How Alankrita Shrivastava rewrote bisexuality and infidelity in her Netflix show

Bombay Begums is replete with bisexual imagery that has long been absent in the depiction of the female experience onscreen. But it isn’t a depiction of bisexuality for the sake of treading new ground.

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The Married Woman review: ALTBalaji, ZEE5's adaptation of Manju Kapoor's novel is lazy and unremarkable

The pace of The Married Woman drags to a point where it repeats the significance of every situation thrice before resolving it.

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How Alankrita Shrivastava, Pooja Bhatt put together their Netflix show Bombay Begums

"I am just trying to tell stories that I find interesting. Besides, it’s not like I suddenly made Bombay Begums. These are characters that have been with me for many years," says Bombay Begums creator Alankrita Shrivastava.

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1962: The War in the Hills review — Abhay Deol's war drama is a 'trainwreck of epic proportions'

1962: The War In The Hills suffers from a "lack of inventiveness coupled with a sluggish pace"

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Tuesdays & Fridays movie review: Anmol Dhillon, Jhataleka Malhotra's film is an Imtiaz Ali romance sans personality

Obviously modelled on Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached, Tuesdays & Fridays is too besotted with the idea of delivering a standard Bollywood romance to ever really say something worthy of its own.

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Director Taranveer Singh opens up on the 10-year-long journey of his debut film Tuesdays & Fridays

In the decade that it took for Tuesdays & Fridays to translate into an actual film, Singh remembers writing over 16 drafts until Bhansali Productions stepped in to back the first time writer-director.

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The Big Day on Netflix, a spiritual companion to Indian Matchmaking, barely dives into the reality of desi weddings

The Big Day, like Indian Matchmaking, is inclined to see weddings as a celebration and not as an industry. There is absolutely no talk about the amount of excessive money splurged on a wedding or even on the double-standards of the institution itself.

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How The White Tiger breaks down the idea of a selfless servant, a trope romanticised in Indian pop culture

Told from the perspective of Balram, a poor, lower-caste Bihari hired as a driver for an abroad-returned couple, The White Tiger is, among other things, also a play on the idea of the selfless servant, a trope popularised by Indian pop-culture, in particular Hindi cinema.

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With a fourth Netflix stand-up comedy special, how Vir Das turned the lockdown into a joke

Vir Das started 2020 as the only Indian comedian with three Netflix comedy specials to boot, and ended the year as the only Indian comedian who now has four Netflix comedy specials attached to his name.

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Penguin Bloom movie review: Naomi Watts stars in a weepy, timid family drama that never soars high

Penguin Bloom is a riveting character study of disability that falls slightly short of completely earning the complexity it so ably teases.

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Virus Hunters review: Haunting National Geographic documentary investigates aftermath of deadly viruses

Virus Hunters successfully grounds its storytelling in statistics that doesn’t alienate its audience under the garb of educating them. But it also fumbles, taking refuge in repetition and a slight Western condescension.

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Losing Alice review: Apple TV+ show lacks the depth that could've complemented its inventive stylistic flourishes

As a psychological drama, Losing Alice feels too self-conscious to be enjoyable or even provocative

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How AK vs AK effortlessly holds the Hindi film industry accountable while also being hilarious

The genius of AK vs AK lies in its ability to have a whole lot of fun while holding the film industry to task.

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Shardul Bhardwaj on picking characters that celebrate human dignity, from Eeb Allay Ooo! to Unpaused

In two films one year apart (Eeb Allay Ooo! to Chand Mubarak in Amazon anthology Unpaused), 28-year-old Shardul Bhardwaj has given a face to the Indian migrant crisis.

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Natalie Palamides: Nate - A One Man Show on Netflix is this year's most compelling comedy special

In Nate: A One Man Show, currently streaming on Netflix, Natalie Palamides offers the most provocative one hour on rape, consent, and mixed signals.

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Bhaag Beanie Bhaag review: Netflix series is an insipid NRI guide to Indian stand-up comedy

For a show that revolves itself around the business of jokes, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is unbearably unfunny.