This was first published on Firstpost. What will it be this week, Indian internet? Should we succumb to delirium because porn star Mia Khalifa is tipped to be a contestant in Bigg Boss 9? Or shall we ogle at Krishna … Continue reading Flashback: Aisi Taisi Democracy, Tape, Krishna Shroff and the Internet
If you’re annoyed by how much of mainstream media (MSM) is devoted to Salman Khan and his acquittal, allow me to point out a tiny matter of 150 students being detained that has barely been reported by the very same … Continue reading What will it take to get #OccupyUGC to Page 1?
It’s always nice to have one’s byline in a publication they read, but in many ways, The Hindu is specially special. It’s stood for a serious, no-nonsense gravitas for generations. So to be in its op-ed pages is a good … Continue reading Protest, politics and Indian contemporary art
The short answer is “No”. The long answer is below. (First published on Boom.) Hate Story 3 and The Good Dinosaur are releasing this Friday. If you choose to watch any of these films at a movie theatre, then there’s … Continue reading Does it make sense to pledge allegiance to India before watching Hate Story 3?
My reviews of Drishyam, Bangistan, Brothers, Gour Hari Dastaan, Algorithms, Manjhi: The Mountain Man, Phantom and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. The government of India blocked 800 websites in an effect to keep the population pure and innocent. These were supposed to all be pornographic sites (but included comedy and news websites). In an effort to defend this crackdown, Shaina NC described the internet as a place that exposes users to “constant pedophilia”. Okay then. Earlier this year, The Economist drew up a list of the safest places in the world, evaluating them on digital security, health security, personal safety and infrastructure. … Continue reading August Links: Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai, Algorithms, teledildonics and more
Remembering the fantastic architect, Charles Correa. RIP. June is when Gajendra Chauhan was appointed head honcho of FTII. No end in sight for this controversy, despite continuing hunger strikes and fiery student-teacher protests. My reviews of Kakka Muttai, Dil Dhadakne Do, Jurassic World and Spy. On Indominus Rex from Jurassic World: It takes a while for Indominus to reveal herself. Instead she watches us and we get to see only signs of her rage and her strength: she’s made a shatterpattern in dino-proof glass. The walls of her cage are being raised higher to make sure she doesn’t scale them. Indominus grows up in a futuristic … Continue reading June Links: Gajendra Chauhan, Jurassic World, Charles Correa and more
My reviews of Gabbar is Back, The Spongebob Movie, Piku, Mad Max: Fury Road, Bombay Velvet,Tomorrowland, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and San Andreas. The music of Bombay Velvet gave me a chance to draw up a playlist of one of my favourite music composers, OP Nayyar. When Mumbai Mirror revised its rating of Tanu Weds Manu Returns because of “reader feedback and research”, I wrote this. “However, kowtowing to public opinion and blurring the lines between advertisement and editorial content threatens to be the way forward in contemporary journalism. As it is now, journalism is a broken business model and no one … Continue reading May Links: Bombay Velvet, Mad Max, Salman Khan and more.