articles by Sonali Kokra

Entertainment

Sushant Singh Rajput's death puts the spotlight on the relevance of cancel culture and 'take-down' pieces

When we actively create a culture of crushing loneliness, fear, and open hostility, where a person’s worth is almost entirely determined by the opinion of strangers’ perception, we also make the world too difficult to keep living in for far too many among us.

Entertainment

Mardaani 2, a film about rape and justice, has the chance to steer national narrative, instead it chooses to sensationalise crime and punishment

It would be premature and unfair to be decide, already, what Mardaani 2’s position and treatment of the topic of underage rapist-murderers will be, even though the film’s trailer is a pretty strong indicator of the direction it will go in.

Entertainment

Akshay Kumar backing Bhumi Pednekar's Durgavati may be a welcome change from him hijacking women's stories

It might be for optics but for now, one can celebrate the fact that Bhumi Pednekar has been positioned as the hero of Durgavati, and Akshay Kumar the presenter.

Life

Suhel Seth's return to Twitter says less about people believing women and more about how rich, famous men are protected

It doesn’t matter how many people believe Suhel Seth’s accusers, what matters is his return to public life, and our collective response to it

Entertainment

Out of Love review: Rasika Dugal's measured performance can't save this fest of cliches and melodrama

Out of Love, now streaming on Hotstar, crosses the line that separates suspension of disbelief and outright absurdity.

Life

Sure, let's call Emma Watson 'self-partnered', but why are women so terrified of being single?

By trying to replace ‘single’ with 'self-partnered', is Emma Watson implying that there’s something so objectionable about being by yourself?

Entertainment

Section 375 isn't a bad film, but furthers a dangerously toxic 'message' in the garb of being nuanced

Section 375 is more interested in siding with a rape-accused then giving us the survivor's perspective

Entertainment

Scarlett Johansson doesn't owe political correctness to her fans regarding Woody Allen; all she owes us is good films

‘Whom to believe?’ is the question that can trip up the best of us. And Scarlett Johansson chose to believe Woody Allen. It's her choice.

Entertainment

Kabir Singh director Sandeep Vanga's problematic views on love and intimacy are worse than his films

As problematic as both Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh are, they’re nowhere near as unnerving as Sandeep Reddy Vanga's views on intimacy and love.

Bollywood

Zaira Wasim quits Bollywood: An 18-year-old's decision should not be milked to score ideological brownie points

Can we all take a deep breath and stop terrifying Zaira Wasim by making it seem like the fate of women’s empowerment rests on her young shoulders?

Entertainment

Murder Mystery review: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston's Agatha Christie-style whodunit is crippled by lack of logic

Murder Mystery is not all bad. It’s just bad as a murder mystery. What does it say about a thriller if its best parts are not the actual murder or the clues that lead you to the killer, but the squabbling, grumbling interactions of a bored, middle-aged couple?

India

India's 'social media sena's' reaction to Pakistan ad mocking Abhinandan Varthaman is self-righteousness on steroids

So when a Pakistan TV channel released an ad featuring a mock interrogation between When a Pakistan TV channel released an ad featuring a mock interrogation between Pakistani officials and an actor playing Commander Varthaman, it was bound to make India’s always-on-the-ready 'Social Media Sena' take immediate umbrage and cry foul over Pakistan’s shameful, rude, insensitive, etc., etc., behaviour for allowing such an offending ad to be aired in the first place.Pakistani officials and an actor playing Commander Varthaman, it was bound to make India’s always-on-the-ready 'Social Media Sena' take immediate umbrage and cry foul over Pakistan’s shameful, rude, insensitive, etc., etc., behaviour for allowing such an offending ad to be aired in the first place.

Entertainment

Hostages review: Sudhir Mishra's Hotstar show is a series of improbable, unintentionally comedic events

While the original Israeli show was saved from drowning in the absurdities of its script by stellar acting, the Hindi version of Hostages offers no such respite.

Entertainment

Wanted: Superhero with alt sexuality in films

With the world opening up on LGBTQ+ inclusion, the time seems right for the launch of a queer superhero franchise on screen

Entertainment

Salman Khan's rants over Priyanka Chopra quitting Bharat are typical of Bollywood's toxic male entitlement

Salman Khan, 53, is pissed that Priyanka Chopra chose getting married over making a movie with him, and he’s not shy about announcing it to the world.

Entertainment

Wine Country movie review: Amy Poehler-led Netflix film has all the right ingredients but ends up being a let down

If Wine Country was meant to help women find humour amid the humdrum of their lives, it misses the mark spectacularly

India

How India’s spark lit the Camp fire

This is the land of Ranveer Singh, who thinks nothing of going out dressed up as a condom

India

The Endgame of women's empowerment

Avengers: Endgame fails to fix Marvel Cinematic Universe's recurrent problems with women

Entertainment

Game of Thrones season 8: Sansa Stark's survival instinct proves she deserves to be Queen in the North

The King in the North might be admirable and honourable, but the North, with its ability to withstand and outlast the harshest of winters, deserves a queen. And Sansa deserves to be that queen — the Queen in the North.