articles by Shreemayee Das

Entertainment

Harry Potter Reunion Special review: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint return home, and so do we

Just like with home and family, as you grow older, you see the flaws and the terrible political stances and just the cringe photo albums, but you still look forward to visiting home. The Harry Potter reunion special is much like that.

Entertainment

Sing 2 movie review: A cute film but doesn’t become more than that

Unfortunately, neither the story nor the characters are strong enough to make Sing 2 a compelling watch.

Entertainment

Dhindora review: Bhuvan Bam's show works when he plays to his strengths - but only then

The pacing of Dhindhora leaves much to be desired as well. While the eight episodes are about 15 to 20 minutes long, some don’t have any major plot points.

Entertainment

Dil Bekaraar review: A warm slice of the '80s to get nostalgic with

Dil Bekaraar does a great job of building the world of DD, Campa Cola, and imported perfume. It adds to it with the music and opening credits, which immediately place you in that world.

Entertainment

Encanto movie review: Disney’s animated offering shows there’s a place for everyone in the family

Disney film Encanto prioritises the ideas of togetherness and family bonding with spell-binding detailing.

Arts & Culture

Book review: Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh is an account more of SRK's (female) fans than the star himself

Shrayana Bhattacharya pieces together a story of what made Indian women love SRK, and what that love can tell us about the women themselves.

Entertainment

One Mic Stand writers room on making stand-up sets for celebrities, and training them to be 'losers' on stage

"When you're doing stand-up, you have to believe that you're not the most important person in the room. That's what we have to explain to the celebrities. Some get it easily, but for some, it's a struggle," says Dhruv Deshpande from the writers room of One Mic Stand.

Entertainment

With Rashmi Rocket, Taapsee Pannu, Akarsh Khurana explore gender testing in sports: It's not the story of just one athlete

"Gender discrimination is so prevalent, it comes up in every story in one way or the other," says Taapsee Pannu, whose next film Rashmi Rocket also addresses a women's issue, like previous hits Pink and Thappad.

Entertainment

Storm in a coffee cup: What makes Koffee with Karan an exercise in not taking life too seriously

Koffee with Karan takes itself too seriously. And that's exactly why we don't.

Entertainment

What's in a Setting? Ask a budding stand-up comedy curator — Zoom fatigue and fall in open mic culture

It’s interesting to me that an art form as dependent on the setting as stand-up comedy is, chooses to dismiss the setting while judging performance.

Entertainment

Gaurav Gupta talks first special Market Down Hai, writing process, and the ease of drawing humour from personal life

Gaurav Gupta, whose first special Market Down Hai releases on Amazon Prime Video, opens up on his transition from dentistry to stand-up comedy and discovering his own comedic style.

Arts & Culture

Amid lockdown, digital book clubs offer readers an opportunity to connect, combat isolation

During the pandemic, and the extended lockdown, several people have turned to reading as a way to establish connections and communicate with friends, and often, complete strangers.

Entertainment

Zoya Akhtar's Luck by Chance has the most nuanced take on Bollywood's outsider vs insider debate

One of the biggest achievements of Luck by Chance is the way it depicts nepotism in the film industry, probably the only mainstream Hindi movie to do so.

Entertainment

10 years of Udaan: Looking back at Vikramaditya Motwane's breakthrough film that dared to dream big

While Udaan released in theatres in India on 16 July 2010, it was in May of that year that the movie premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Entertainment

Tracing the rising popularity of Indian cooking channels on Youtube in the time of Coronavirus outbreak

Cooking channels on Youtube are witnessing a massive surge in popularity as most people are turning to elaborate cooking during the lockdown

Entertainment

Coronavirus outbreak: How online quizzing has become a way to digitally interact during the lockdown

People across all age groups have been participating in online quizzes to keep themselves busy during the lockdown.

Entertainment

With no clarity on 'normalcy' in a post-COVIDworld, stand-up comedians are resorting to digital reinvention

Stand up comedians are forced to re-invent themselves on social media and digital platforms, to keep busy and stay relevant in these times.

Entertainment

Lisa Ray opens up on her role in Four More Shots Please! Season 2 and how her best work is with female directors

Lisa Ray plays Samara — a Bollywood star, battling bipolar disorder, who is also in a same-sex relationship with her trainer Umang — in Four More Shots Please! Season 2.

Entertainment

Beyond Money Heist, ten international shows to watch during Coronavirus lockdown, from Kingdom to 3%

If you’re looking to explore different kinds of shows, made in different parts of the world, here is a list on what to get started with

Entertainment

Beyond Tiger King, documentaries to watch during Coronavirus lockdown, from Fyre to Miss Americana

With the lockdown in effect, for at least two more weeks now, we’re all looking for more ways to entertain ourselves and be more productive