Masaba Masaba Review: Not the ‘hot mess’ it wants to be

When I heard a show about Masaba Gupta was coming up on Netflix, I was immediately intrigued. I find Masaba’s prints fascinating and her palette vibrant; her aesthetics fuse the modern with the traditional. Not to mention, she is the daughter of Neena Gupta, who is a rockstar in her own right. So, I was interested in the premise of this partly-fictionalised series based on the lives of these two unconventional achievers. But Masaba Masaba isn’t quite the heady mix of fashion and drama you would expect.

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Nathicharami review: A rounded assessment of social conditioning

If the phrase ‘It is easier said than done’ applies to anyone, it is the modern woman who faces a very unique battle. The modern-day woman might be armed with liberal thoughts and progressive ideas, the zest to be independent, but she also comes bearing years of social conditioning. After lifetimes of being told how to sit, how to walk, how to think, what to speak, what to aspire for, what to wear etc, suddenly we realise the unfairness of it all. Thus begins the journey of rebellion, one baby step at a time. Your brain knows that you have got this right, but there are moments when doubts creep in. After all, the most painful accusations come from close quarters. This later builds into anger and frustration which gives way to a space of indifferent peace.

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Soni Review: A deep, explorative peek into our gender biases

Soni begins with the eponymous lead (Geetika Vidya Ohylan) furiously pedalling a cycle. She has a ‘gentleman’ in close pursuit — one who finds whistles and catcalls appropriate ways to communicate with women. If you are an Indian woman, you know how this scene unravels. Soni maintains a stony silence while the gentleman continues his advances. After a point, she loses it and he retaliates with a version of ‘chalti kya’. Now, Soni absolutely loses it and beats him black and blue. A horde of policemen storm the scene out of nowhere and break the scuffle. One cop hands Soni her police jacket, while the man is taken to a hospital. (It is a decoy operation) However, Soni is reprimanded by Kalpana (Saloni Batra) for not following protocol. The scene effectively sets the stage for what follows — an exhaustive, level-headed, and rounded look into the lives of two policewomen and the gender issues they face.

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#MildSpoilersAhead #Bandersnatch #Netflix

If there’s one emotion that the #BlackMirror series embodies, it’s helplessness. The frustration that stems from the futility of the characters’ actions, not very different from ours despite set in a dystopian world, is what made the series personal. I stopped watching the series after 2 seasons because I didn’t want to feel hapless and our myself through the grind. So, it’s with a pinch of salt that I started watching Bandersnatch, the new stand alone interactive film. Continue reading “Bandersnatch”

Bird Box Review: A film that is more horrifying to ponder than watch

After A Quiet Place, here’s another post-apocalyptic horror thriller that has a supernatural creature that becomes an epidemic of sorts for mankind. While the creatures are blind in the former film, in Bird Box, they are invisible; and they push the people who ‘see’ them to kill themselves.

The difference is that while A Quiet Place works as a thriller on face-value, Bird Box needs you to look underneath the horror stereotypes. What are these creatures? Why is it that some people who ‘see’ them, kill themselves, while others turn into propagators, hunters looking for more prey? What is the film actually about? Your answers to these will determine the effect the film has on you. Continue reading “Bird Box Review: A film that is more horrifying to ponder than watch”

Selection Day Review: A middling start to a long innings

Selection Day, Netflix’s latest offering for its Indian audiences, is based on Aravind Adiga’s book by the same name. However, it is also one of those rare adaptations that isn’t a photocopy of the original. Selection Day, the series, takes only the characters from the book (it adds a few more as well) and gives them a new twist; sort of like creating a new dish with the same ingredients. If you have read the book, fret not, you will still be fascinated (in fact, more than those who are new to this story) by the version Marston Bloom has created for the streaming platform. Continue reading “Selection Day Review: A middling start to a long innings”

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