Pop Culture

  • The Great Millennial Fandom Will be Hashtagged

    There was a time when fans built temples to their idols and stood outside their houses for hours on end. All that the millennial fan needs, though, is a broadband connection.

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  • Tubelight Never Go Full Tubelight

    In Tubelight, Salman Khan’s Laxman believes he can actually move mountains, but all he manages to do is move the audience to yawns.

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  • The Greatest Sex Toy Ever Made

    The guitar is an intimate instrument to play. You adjust to its rhythm, you pluck and coax out notes that sound like the moans of a lover in the heat of a charged moment.

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  • Crazy Little Thing Called Loev

    Little details come together to guarantee that Loev, a fairly unremarkable tale, is elevated to a momentous film for the Indian queer community.

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  • TupacShakur Tupac in the Gully

    Tupac Shakur found splendour in squalor, simultaneously an activist and a gangsta. A bunch of Indian rappers are now tapping into the spirit of the subaltern that Tupac channelled.

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  • JhoomBarabarJhoom The Jinx of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

    On this day, ten years ago, Shaad Ali’s ambitious musical, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, single-handedly sounded the death knell for five flourishing careers.

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  • Border Border Bros: Bees Saal Baad

    J P Dutta's Border not only summarised for us the five kinds of soldiers we saw protecting our battlefields, but it also predicted the role of cyber soldiers – men who protect our social-media feeds today.

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  • HughLaurie House and the Arrival of the Asshole

    Hugh Laurie, as House MD, epitomised the TV Asshole, a modern update on the Byronic Hero. What does it say about us that we enjoy seeing a flawed man at the centre of a narrative?

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  • Jurassic Park: The First English Movie of a Generation

    For several kids of my generation, Jurassic Park was our first real exposure to Hollywood. It marked the arrival of American culture, in all its ugly beauty, in the subcontinent.

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  • SonamKapoor The Coming of Age of Sonam Kapoor

    Sonam Kapoor has transformed from the chatty, over-the-top Dolce-wearing diva, to the outspoken champion casually throwing shade at the patriarchal nature of Bollywood.

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