articles by Swetha Ramakrishnan


Bird Box movie review: Sandra Bullock, screenwriter Eric Heisserer power Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller

Bird Box toes the line. It holds your attention. It lets your imagination run wild, and sparks a ticker of running questions while you're engrossed with what's happening on screen.


Zero: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina's compelling performances take this film from average to ambitious

You may or may not like Zero, but you will most certainly fall in love with Bauua Singh.


Spain, beyond the Sagrada Familia: Travels through Seville, Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga

I chose to travel to Spain to visit a culturally, artistically rich country in its off-season, to be lost in a sea of people who speak a language I don't know, to be surrounded by more World UNESCO Heritage sites that I could imagine, and eat all the paella and seafood I could stomach. I wanted to take long siestas, and walk in and around museums all day, hoping to soak in some creative inspiration for myself.


Rami Malek on playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody: It’s arduous to depict someone’s life in just two hours

In an exclusive email interview to Firstpost, Rami Malek opens up about playing a character like Freddie Mercury, his favourite Queen tracks and how it's difficult to pack in someone's entire life into a 2-hour long film.


#MeToo and mental heath: Notes on surviving this harrowing news cycle, from those who've been there

It's been a tough few days for women in India. Just following the #MeToo news cycle — whether as a reader or as a journalist — is enough to trigger panic and anxiety.


Alok Nath raped and violated me 20 years ago, but norm was to stay silent, writer-producer Vinta Nanda tells Firstpost

Vinta Nanda accused her co-worker Alok Nath "the most Sanskaari person in the film and TV industry" of rape and sexual assault in a Facebook status. In a detailed interview to Firstpost, Nanda confirmed that she was talking about Alok Nath.


Pataakha movie review: Vishal Bhardwaj proves he's a master storyteller with this mischievously quirky film

Way too many directors have managed to capture the essence, dialect and inherent charm of rural India, but Vishal Bhardwaj takes it one step further with Pataakha.


Ghoul review: Netflix's horror series featuring Radhika Apte is atmospheric, partly disturbing but fully gripping

There are several levels of horror at play in Ghoul, and this layered approach to an oft-misunderstood genre comes from a director who seems keenly aware.


Karwaan: Dulquer, Irrfan, Mithila's film proves it's the journey that matters, not the destination

Three unlikely characters, two dead bodies and one long, unwinding and unpredictable road trip — this is the setting of Karwaan.


Dhadak: Ishan Khatter is poignant, Janhvi Kapoor feisty in this Sairat adaptation

Dhadak begins with Madhukar aka Madhu (Ishaan Khatter) being woken up by the girl of his dreams, Parthavi (Janhvi Kapoor)


Sanju: Ranbir Kapoor is flawless in Rajkumar Hirani's Bollywood-ised biopic of Sanjay Dutt

Sanju ends up feel like a version of Dutt's life for children; a sanitised fable of sorts. You are very often left wanting more. This gap is filled by Ranbir Kapoor — a fine performer who understands his subject matter and audience.


Race 3: Salman Khan and Bobby Deol make this film a funny, kitschy, audacious ride

Race 3 begins with Salman Khan — aka Sikander — having to rescue his uncle (Anil Kapoor) and cousins (Daisy Shah and Saquib Saleem) from danger


Lust Stories movie review: Netflix anthology is another step forward in Bollywood's sexual awakening

Bollywood's sexual awakening (not to be confused with sexualisation and/or male gaze) has been a long time coming. In that regard, Lust Stories is a step in the right direction.


Raazi: In Meghna Gulzar's engaging thriller, Alia Bhatt gives her career's best performance so far

Raazi is an engaging, taut thriller but it will be most remembered for being Alia Bhatt's best performance (so far).


Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu movie review: Why have a story when you can mix horror, comedy and call it a day?

Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu (IAMK) is an adult horror comedy from the hit team of Gautham Karthik and director Santhosh P Jayakumar of Hara Hara Mahadevaki fame.


A Quiet Place and the sounds of silence: How absence of noise is the main character in John Krasinski's film

The vast potential of silence does the trick in A Quiet Place — one of the most terrifying films in recent times for its execution of a unique brand of horror.


Baaghi 2: Tiger Shroff plays to his strengths, while Disha Patani's damsel-in-distress act needs work

This is a first impression of Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani's Baaghi 2. Stay tuned as we send out regular opinionated-updates on the film — first day, first show.


Hichki is no sob story: Rani Mukerji is sassy, spirited in this inspiring underdog tale

In Hichki (which has been made at an impressively restrained budget of Rs 20 crore), Rani Mukerji plays a school teacher with Tourette Syndrome, a neuro-psychiatric disorder that results in multiple motor tics


Holi and harassment: Re-imagining popular Bollywood songs to be more consent-friendly

From Balam Pichkari to Badri Ku Dulhania, celebrated Holi songs in Bollywood have always ignored consent in their lyrics and depiction.