Links: Naming names, Apple Watch, Deepika Padukone vs TOI and more

If you thought bad movies are all that turn me into the wordy version of Angry Birds, think again. The police raid a hotel, discover an actress moonlights as a sex worker. They release her name to the press. Her “high profile” clients, however, remain anonymous and shielded from the public gaze. More cheerfully, what Bollywood thought of yesterday, Apple creates today. Case in point: Mr India’s Device versus the Apple Watch. Deepika Padukone picked a fight with The Times of India, and at least as far as the court of public opinion is concerned, Padukone won. She was helped by the fact … Continue reading Links: Naming names, Apple Watch, Deepika Padukone vs TOI and more

What happens in Rediff, stays in Rediff

On her way to a demonstration this morning, activist Kavita Krishnan kindly made time to talk about the offensive messages directed at her while she was doing a live chat session for Rediff. The messages she had to field were extremely crude and it’s appalling that they got past a moderator. Krishnan is remarkably sanguine in face of verbal abuse. “You get called things like ‘commie’, ‘Muslim lover’ all the time,” she said blithely to me and pointed out that comments like that say more about the people making the comments. That’s a basic truth that trolls don’t seem to appreciate. … Continue reading What happens in Rediff, stays in Rediff

Cover drive: Filmfare and Cine Blitz

You know how they say you shouldn’t say anything at the moment you get angry and give yourself some time before you react? Well, in my case, waiting doesn’t seem to help much. It just makes me write columns like the one below. This is the unedited version. The edited version — complete with a super headline provided by Firstpost’s Sandip Roy, bless him — is here. Centennial flop It’s possibly because I’m abysmally bad at maths, but when I saw the “collector’s edition” of Filmfare on the newsstand — with Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Dilip Kumar on … Continue reading Cover drive: Filmfare and Cine Blitz