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Episode 80: A look at female desire in Bollywood, with a special guest - Suparna Sharma. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar and Filmi Khabrein. Then in Bollywood Behes, a conversation with noted Indian film critic and editor Suparna Sharma about how Bollywood films have failed to depict expressions of female desire. This discussion was partly …
 
Episode 79: A look at the Netflix Original film Bulbbul. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar and Filmi Khabrein. Then in Bollywood Behes, we look at how Bulbbul takes on patriarchy through the metaphor of a “churail” and other difficult/nasty women. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq/ Material Breakthrough by Peritune…
 
Episode 78: A look at Gulabo Sitabo, the latest film directed by Shoojit Sircar, and written by Juhi Chaturvedi. This director-writer duo has given us films such as Piku, October and Vicky Donor in the past. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, where we remember veteran Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan. Filmi Khabrein brings us the latest new…
 
Episode 77: A look at the films of Sushant Singh Rajput. The talented Bollywood actor was found dead at his Mumbai home in June 2020. His death was ruled a suicide by Mumbai Police. He was 34. After making his debut in Bollywood with Kai Po Che (2013), Singh went on to play critically acclaimed roles in films such as M. S. Dhoni - The Untold Story …
 
Episode 76: A look at Mindy Kaling’s Netflix show Never Have I Ever, starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. The show centres around Devi Vishwakumar (Ramaksrishnan), an Indian American teenager growing up in well-heeled California suburb. After a traumatic incident has made her a social pariah, Devi comes back to class with a mission – to recast herself a…
 
Episode 75: Remembering Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Although the two actors had very different career paths in the Hindi film industry, they shared a desire to expand their acting repertoire. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq/ Material Breakthrough by Perituneद्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 74: A tribute to Irrfan Khan, celebrated actor who made a mark in both Hindi and international cinema. Khan had been diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq/ Material Breakthrough by Perituneद्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 73: A look at Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Gajrao Rao. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, where we pick songs based on the theme of distances – literal and metaphorical. Filmi Khabrein delves into upcoming releases on streaming services and how some Bollywood stars are react…
 
Episode 72: A look at the music of R. D. Burman, with Ed Hanley, co-artistic director of Toronto band Autorickshaw. Burman was one of the most popular Bollywood music composers of the 70’s and 80’s. His music is popular to this today. In many ways, he was way ahead of his time. Hanley and his bandmates reprised an R. D. Burman song called “Aaj Ki R…
 
Episode 71 Bonus (Bonus): For this Filmi Funde segment, a chat with Saloni Gaur - a social media star whose riffs on Kangana Ranaut’s current affairs hot takes have become viral. Check out her interpretation of ‘Kangana Runout’ reacting to the Kunal Kamra and Arnab Goswami confrontation.द्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 71: A look at Kangana Ranaut, the Bollywood actress who makes news for her antics on and off the screen. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, where we choose two songs from films featuring Kangana Ranaut – an old Asha Bhonsle song, and a travesty from Krrish 3. For Bollywood Behes, Aparita and Baisakhi talk about Kangana’s ability to ch…
 
Episode 70: A look at Chhapaak, Meghna Gulzar’s film inspired by acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal and starring Deepika Padukone. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, where we choose two songs by Gulzar - Meghna’s father, celebrated lyricist and erstwhile filmmaker, who also penned the songs for Chhapaak. For Bollywood Behes, Aparita and Baisa…
 
Episode 68: To ring in the New Year, Aparita and Baisakhi each choose a film they’d want to re-watch on their TV screens. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, where we choose two very different songs that we occasionally groove to. In Filmi Khabrein, we look forward to Hindi movies coming out in 2020 - including Chhapaak, Panga and Thappad. For…
 
Episode 67: At a time when many Indians and those in the diaspora have taken to the streets to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), we look at Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, where we remember Bollywood’s version of protest songs. In lieu of Filmi Khabrein, Aparita brings you voices from a Toront…
 
Episode 65: A conversation about some of the other films and documentaries we watched at Toronto International Film Festival 2019, including Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator; Made in Bangladesh and Bombay Rose. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq/Image courtesy TIFFद्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 64: A conversation with Geetu Mohandas, Nivin Pauly, Roshan Mathew, Shashank Arora and Shobhita Dhulipala, who brought Moothon to the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq/Image courtesy TIFFद्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 62: A conversation with Lijo Jose Pellissery, one of the directors leading the ‘New Generation’ of Malayalam cinema. Pellissery brought his latest film Jallikattu to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliqद्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 61: A conversation with India’s leading film critics and writers on the South Asian selection and other remarkable films at 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). We begin with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar and a quick hit of Filmi Khabrein. And then we bring you a spirited discussion between Namrata Joshi, Aseem Chhabra and Suparna Sharm…
 
Episode 60: Aparita and Baisakhi are at TIFF 2019, and give you an update on films they have watched so far. We begin with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar and a quick hit of Filmi Khabrein. In lieu of Bollywood Behes, Aparita and Baisakhi talk about watching films such as Parasite, Jallikattu and The Sky is Pink, as well as Hollywood films such as Hustlers. …
 
Episode 59: In this episode, a tribute to Vidya Sinha and the modern Hindi film heroine in Rajnigandha and Chhoti Si Baat. We begin with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, remembering Salil Chowdhury and his music. In Filmi Khabrein we talk about three leading ladies in Hindi cinema today, and their upcoming projects - Sonam Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu and Jahnvi Ka…
 
Episode 58: In this episode, a look at how Kashmir has been portrayed in Bollywood and Hindi films over the years. We begin with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, paying tribute to older movies set in Kashmir, as well as veteran star Vidya Sinha. Filmi Khabrein returns, in which we talk about Akshay Kumar and other Bollywood celebrities. And then Bollywood Be…
 
Episode 57: In this episode, a conversation with Sanjeev K Jha, the writer of Jabariya Jodi. He talks about growing up in a small town in Bihar, watching films seriously for the first time as a university student in New Delhi, and writing a film to combat Bihari stereotypes in Indian popular culture. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq…
 
Episode 56: In this episode, a look at Ivan Ayr’s debut film Soni. During its debut at Venice International Film Festival, Soni received praise from critics and audiences alike for telling a compelling story about two Indian female police officers, who are trying to maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives. The film has been…
 
Episode 55: In this episode, a look at Deepa Mehta’s Netflix series Leila. We talk about its origins as a book by journalist-turned-author Prayaag Akbar, and why a dystopian series set in India doesn’t seem to be too far from present day reality. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar that features two songs starring Ayushmann Khurrana: Pani Da Ra…
 
Episode 54: In this episode, despite our better judgement, a look at Kabir Singh. The Hindi remake of the Telugu sleeper hit Arjun Reddy is a bonafide Bollywood blockbuster. We try to understand why this misogynist film has struck a chord with viewers. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar remembering two unique Hindi song takes on the idea of lo…
 
Episode 53: In this episode, a look at Luka Chuppi. Starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, this was the latest Hindi film to explore live-in relationships. It’s now available to watch on Netflix. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar with a Tamil twist, featuring two AR Rahman songs: Thaiyya Thaiyya and Mental Manadhil. Filmi Khabrein covers the…
 
Episode 52: In this episode, we pay tribute to veteran playwright, actor, writer and thinker Girish Karnad - who played a starring role both in art house and commercial Hindi/Indian cinema We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar featuring two songs to remember Karnad by: a Kannada bhava-geethe Deepavu Ninnade Gaaliyu Ninnade and Mero Gaam Katha Par…
 
Episode 51 Pt. 2: A special short corollary - Toronto filmmaker Gursimran Datla’s analysis of Ritesh Batra’s new film Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. For more on French filmmaker and philosopher Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle, see this quick introduction.द्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 51: In this episode, a look at Ritesh Batra’s new film Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra. Rafi (Siddiqui) is a street photographer who happens to take a photograph of Miloni (Malhotra) in front of the famous Mumbai tourist spot Gateway of India. Tired of his grandmother’s constant refrain to get married, Rafi sends…
 
Episode 50: In this episode, we record live on location at IFFSA Toronto. We talk about one of the opening films Bhonsle, and kick off a short series called 50-50. Music: Bollywood Blades by Professor Kliq/ Material Breakthrough by Perituneद्वारा Khabardaar Podcast
 
Episode 49: In this episode, we unpack our feelings about Kalank, the multi-starrer film featuring Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt among others. Set against the backdrop of the Partition of India and Pakistan, Kalank attempts to tell the story of love, betrayal and loss. The elaborate family…
 
Episode 48: In this episode, a look at Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s sophomore film Super Deluxe, starring an ensemble cast that includes Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil, Mysskin, Ramya Krishan, Gayathrie and Ashwanth Ashok Kumar. Super Deluxe features four separate stories (we mistakenly counted three in our discussion, skipping the …
 
Episode 47: In this episode, a look at Govind Nihalani’s cult classic Party, starring an ensemble cast of some the best Indian theatre and art-house actors such as Deepa Sahi, Manohar Singh and Rohini Hattangadi. The premise of the film is deceptively simple. A celebrated playwright Diwakar Barve (Manohar Singh) has been awarded a prestigious liter…
 
Episode 46: In this encore presentation, a look at Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, directed by Vasan Bala, starring Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan and Gulshan Devaiah. Also introducing a new segment called Filmi Funde. In this inaugural version - a conversation with Karan Kulkarni, the music director for Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, about three songs from the…
 
Episode 45: Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, co-written by Alankrita Shrivastava, and co-directed by Nitya Mehra and Prashant Nair, Made In Heaven is an Amazon Prime Video series that uses the backdrop of the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ to talk about social realities. First we start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, a shaadi special featuring som…
 
Episode 44: Gully Boy brought the sounds of Mumbai’s gullies to the big Bollywood screen. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie featured A-list stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and a team of formidable supporting actors. Together, they brought to life a story based on the lives of Indian rap stars Divine and Naezy. First we start off with Geeton Ka…
 
Episode 43: Aparita Bhandari watched Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga with Queer South Asians and Allies of Toronto (QSAALT). A conversation with its members after watching the movie. The group talked about queer representation in Bollywood movies of past, and the importance of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga in giving voice to a mis- or under-repre…
 
Episode 42: A look at the influence of Telugu cinema on Bollywood, and a discussion of the sleeper hit Telugu film Arjun Reddy. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar featuring the hit A. R. Rahman song Urvashi Urvashi, as well as Jumme Ki Raat from Kick. Filmi Khabrein has us talking about Kangana Ranaut and the ensemble cast featured in Total Dh…
 
Episode 41: A debate on whether Uri: The Surgical Strike, starring Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal among others, is a jingoistic film - or not. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar featuring two A. R. Rahman songs, and Filmi Khabrein full of new teasers and trailer information. Then in Bollywood Behes, an in-depth discussion of how w…
 
Episode 40: A conversation with author Moupia Basu on her book The Queen’s Last Salute, which is partially inspired by the story of Rani Laxmibai. Basu’s book covers much of the same ground as Kangana Ranaut’s latest film Manikarnika. The Queen’s Last Salute is published by Juggernaut Books and available at your local bookstore or online. To see wh…
 
Episode 39: We have lots to talk about when it comes to Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh’s collaboration in Simbaa. While the movie had many fun elements, tacking on a serious issue like rape to a Shetty style masala movie didn’t sit well with us. We start off with Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar, followed by Filmi Khabrein - where we talk about the depiction …
 
Episode 38: We watched Zero, the big budget Anand L. Rai extravaganza starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, alongside top-billing female leads Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. The movie didn’t impress us much; but then neither did Race 3 or Thugs of Hindostan earlier in 2018. So, this episode features our experience of watching Zero, followe…
 
Episode 37: In this special episode, a conversation with celebrated Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan about his latest work Vivek/Reason. Vivek/Reason screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival (2018). Although many balked at first at its run-time – the 261 minute long documentary is meant to be screened in two sessions…
 
Episode 36: In this episode, a look at Stree. This horror-comedy film starring Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurrana, Abhishek Banerjee and Pankaj Tripathi was a sleeper hit, telling an unusual story of an evil female spirit who kidnaps men. Although the film used the horror-comedy genre to address themes such as patriarchy and consen…
 
Episode 35: In this episode, a look at Badhaai Ho, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao and Surekha Sikri. Although Hindi films typically centre around its younger stars, Badhaai Ho featured stand-out performances by the senior artists, stealing scene after scene, in a film that broached the topic of parental sex wit…
 
Episode 33: We are back to our regular programming! In this episode, inspired by the Netflix hit To All The Boys I Loved Before, Aparita and Baisakhi pick their favourite contemporary Bollywood romcom aimed at young people. While romance is always an ingredient in popular Hindi films, Bollywood romcoms are a genre unto themselves. Contemporary Hind…
 
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