When cameos meet casting coups, they no longer remain 'guest' appearances. Irrespective of the screen time, they become a crucial part of the story, given the intertextuality and cross-referencing at play.
Oops! I did it again to Britney Spears: Why I can't help but forget the OG 'Toxic' song after discovering Melanie Martinez's cover
If Britney Spears' 'Toxic' transported you to a seedy dance floor with flashy lights and strangers grinding to the music, Martinez’s version gently pulls you into a very private space, probably with a DND sign hanging on the door.
To beat the chaos of my wedding prep, I turned to films, especially centred on weddings. Not to look for any aesthetic ideas, but to soak myself into an emotional marathon.
From Ranjha in Shershaah to Ambarsariya in Fukre, poetry under the cloak of the new slow Bollywood melody
If today, Bollywood music is looked down upon, it’s a reflection of how we’re not focusing on being good listeners, since intensity and poetry can both be found in droves in a lot of today’s popular music.
What makes Jackie Shroff interviews a genre: Good mix of worldly wise and frank talk with a sprinkle of cuss words
Jackie Shroff remains deliriously unafraid of these pitfalls, always speaking straight from his heart in trademark tapori language, without anyone taking any offense. The fun lies exactly in hearing a popular celebrity speak without any trace of self-consciousness.
How pro-wrestling’s combination of sports and spectacle won me over (and helped me understand America)
At the turn of the millennium, when most Indian households such as ours did not have access to the internet, it was pro-wrestling that helped me understand what America was thinking on a weekly basis.
Even when I was as young as five years old, I could sing word for word several of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, and Asha Bhosle songs. I didn’t know what they meant, which movies they were from, or who acted in them, but I knew them by heart.
Farooq Shaikh's 1986 comedy Peechha Karro never tries to overreach its universe of sheer silliness and inanity
Released 35 years ago, Pankaj Parashar's madcap comedy Peechha Karro used stupidity to a great effect, turned it almost sublime, and made screwball transcendental.
What makes me return to the unapologetic, unadulterated sweetness of the Sooraj Barjatya extended universe
It might seem artificial amid a rash of violent, realistic films, but Sooraj Barjatya attempts to draw us into a world he knows best, a world that is nostalgic to many, but real to him.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom soundtrack was the chef's Kiss of Love in what was otherwise a recipe for disaster
The music of Shaad Ali's 2007 dud Jhoom Barabar Jhoom — composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics supplied by Gulzar — is everything the film isn't. It is irreverent, kooky, and sensational.
The enduring popularity of Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon? lies in how this very textbook romance in effect became the first “full blown love story” to appear on the small screen.
Hot wheels, shiny dials, gearshifts that could launch you into orbits: Why I can't put a break on my love for Fast & Furious
You’d have to be a zombie to not have your adrenaline pumping through each one of those drag races and car chases in the Fast & Furious franchise.
How Limp Bizkit’s Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water became my gateway to heavy music
As much as getting an uncensored version of the 2000 album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was like unearthing a treasure – each expletive uttered bringing a toothy grin upon my face – there were often times I heard songs like 'Rollin’' or 'My Way,' where all the abuses were blanked out.
The wholesome, unadulterated joy of watching cinema in fragments — where parts are often greater than their sum
I am now unembarrassed about my propensity to watch and re-watch specific scenes, especially the ones with great background score. Being able to take pleasure in the small moment is, I find, as important and valid as anything else.
Decoding the irresistible appeal of Money Heist: Nothing ever goes according to plan. Just like my life.
Money Heist could easily be a Bollywood film: It is mindless, there's too much drama (much of it unnecessary), there are a clutch of good-looking people, there is emotion, and there is even singing and dancing. The exception: I won’t watch those Bollywood films but I will watch Money Heist again.
Cloud without a silver lining: Why Twilight's stark, opalescent skies had me riding the Bella-Edward train
Twilight became a gleefully morbid reminder that my cloud-induced edginess was actually triggered by the onset of growth, not tragedy.
To see a couple of privileged folk, frantically trying to scramble their way to safety, their faces whiter than their original white after what they have just seen. It is oddly satisfying to see how it ends for them, because I know it will.
I first heard 'Where Is My Mind?' when The Narrator and Marla hold hands in the final scene of cult classic Fight Club in 1999. Since then, it has revisited me at every milestone of my life.
Koffee with Karan takes itself too seriously. And that's exactly why we don't.