articles by Swetha Ramakrishnan

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Flesh review: Swara Bhasker and the women of Eros Now's human trafficking saga deserve better

It's not difficult to understand the intent behind a show like Flesh, but whoever's idea it was to make audiences squirm with disgust at every third scene, really needs to think about how to tell an important story responsibly.

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Raat Akeli Hai movie review: Honey Trehan's atmospheric whodunnit will keep you on your toes

Honey Trehan's whodunnit, Raat Akeli Hai, which premiered on Netflix on 31 July, ticks all the right boxes.

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Breathe: Into The Shadows review — How much Abhishek Bachchan is too much Abhishek Bachchan?

Abhishek Bachchan is the whole and soul of Amazon Prime series, Breathe: Into The Shadows, which is perhaps why we have 12 long episodes, 50 minutes each.

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Betaal review: Netflix zombie series is neither scary nor thematic enough to be a truly immersive experience

In a bid to make a zombie thriller series more palatable to vast audience, Betaal neither sticks to tried and tested thrills that Blumhouse is known for, nor is able to dive into Indian folklore the way Tumbadd did.

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Paatal Lok review: Anushka Sharma-produced Amazon Prime series is a slow burn with the ambition of a pacy thriller

Let me tell you at the onset that Anushka Sharma's Amazon Prime Video series Pataal Lok — created by Sudip Sharma (writer of Udta Punjab, NH10, Sonchiriya) — isn't a show for those who like to multi-task while watching TV.

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Maska movie review: Netflix film is a Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham knock off, but for the Parsi community

If only writer-director Neeraj Udhwani had focused less on "it's all about loving your family" and more on "it's all about lip-smacking bun-maska", Maska would have been a lot more watchable.

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Netflix's She review: Imtiaz Ali's streaming debut could have been an intelligent thriller if not for its inherent male gaze

She is too focused on the seasoning, not the meat. It throws only sporadic light on the one strong female character of the show in a narrative full of lacklustre men.

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Guilty movie review: Netflix and Dharmatic present a flawed but important take on the #MeToo movement

As you sink deeper into the narrative of Guilty, you realise writers Ruchi Narain and Kanika Dhillon almost want to manipulate you into believing you know the outcome of the story, only to squash it as you reach the dramatic climax.

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To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You review: Netflix sequel is an easy watch, but don't expect a modern-day romance

Based on Jenny Han’s book trilogy, To All The Boys: Ps I Still Love You starts off where the first film ended: with Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky as a couple

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Street Dancer 3D movie review: More dance, less gyaan would have made this Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor film better

Street Dancer 3D has its heart in the right place, one only wishes the music and the choreography had something new to offer.

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Ghost Stories movie review: Dibakar Banerjee's political short film elevates an otherwise bland anthology that just isn't scary

Four iconic filmmakers — Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee — have come together for the third time with Ghost Stories, a Netflix horror anthology of four short films.

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Inside Edge season 2 review: Quintessential bad TV powered by Richa Chadha, Aamir Bashir's performances

Let's all agree that Inside Edge falls more in the "so-bad-it's-bingeable" category of streaming shows.

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House Arrest movie review: This Netflix original isn't a film; it's a series of bad decisions

Twenty minutes into House Arrest and I realised good ideas don't make a good film.

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War is a slick Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff action show, that needs more substance

It seems like director Sidharth Anand had channelled all of War's energy into Hrithik, Tiger and the action sequences. Nothing else.

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Modern Family season finale: A definitive ranking of all 12 lead characters, from Phil to Gloria and Cam

Perhaps one of the reasons behind Modern Family's cult success is that each character has an audience and every character is so well-etched

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Bard of Blood review: Emraan Hashmi is most impressive in this thrilling, pacy and binge-able Netflix series

Emraan Hashmi is back in our lives, and after binge-watching 7 episodes of Netflix's Bard of Blood, I can say for sure that it's a good thing.

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The Family Man review: An uneven, lengthy series held together by Manoj Bajpayee and earnest intent

The Family Man's version of a family man is someone who can't juggle his work duties and familial duties and we're supposed to find the comedy in that.

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13 reasons why season 3 review: Netflix series tries to be a socially relevant murder-mystery, but fails

If 13 Reasons Why continues to a fourth season, it stands the risk of becoming another Riverdale.

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Sacred Games season 2 review: Netflix's haphazard thriller takes on terrifying socio-political relevance

There can be no bigger crime than reducing Netflix's Sacred Games to a gangster drama. Sure, it has all the trappings, but season 2 is so much more.