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Ekaant – Sarhad Paar – International special – Ravan ki Lanka

The stories of India are vast and many, – sometimes limited to a particular region, sometimes spread across regions. And some stories take one to such long distances, traveling the length and breadth of the land and some times transcending international borders. In a special hour long episode of Ekaant on the Epic channel, Akul Tripathi travels to find stories connected to India, in the beautiful island nation, Sri Lanka. In this Diwali special episode, on a day when Lord…

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Sailaab – A 1995 Zee TV Classic

A beautiful ghazal sung by a ghazal maestro for the title song, stellar performances by the main and second leads, superb direction and brilliant script writing are some of the highlights that make Sailaab a popular and unforgettable show. This 1995 classic, that was first shown on Zee TV remains one of my top few favourite shows among all times. Sailaab can be called as TV’s own Silsila because the story is about two ex-lovers who meet again while they…

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Why is Beyhadh worth a Watch?

Why is Beyhadh worth a Watch?

Sony Television’s new show Beyhadh gets better with each episode. The promos promised a show about a poor little rich girl who is obsessed over a guy. Not a Meera Bai kind of selfless devotion (that I personally love), but apparently a more evil kind of fixation in which a death or two is of no consequence. Turns out I love this latter kind of wild craziness as well. Maya Mehrotra is a nuanced well thought out character that Jennifer Winget manages to…

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Ek Rishta Sajhedari ka

Ek RIshta Sajhedari Ka Review

When I heard there is a show by Sooraj Barjatiya production I had to watch. I used to love his grand big joint family sagas full of weddings, songs and dances.  All the teachings around the perfect home with a Ram like son… I used to think some of that inherent goodness is bound to seep in somewhere in me, even if in all other things am full of reality. In fact, I still tease my best friend, who laughed at me when I…

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Mysterious and Spooky.. The Addams Family..

mysterious and spooky.. the addams family

Historically Halloween or All Hallows Eve is the day dedicated to remembering the dead. I didn’t particularly feel like doing that, so I settled for trying to think of the scary movies I like. But, I don’t like horror movies. My main problem with them is not just that they are scary, but mostly they are plain depressing. I don’t want to be terrified of losing my way returning from a hiking trip because of the psycho with a chain saw.…

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My Favourite Moments in Poldark Season 1

favourite moments Poldark season 1

Finally succumbing to all the rave reviews by Poldark lovers, I watched Season 1 of the popular PBS show. The hero, Ross Poldark, played to perfection by Aiden Turner, is a Byronic fantasy come alive. Ross Poldark is complicated, scarred,  hot-tempered, passionate. The best part about him and the story are how unpredictable and dark situations and characters can get.   **Poldark Season 1 Spoilers Ahead **   Had to come here to write about my favourite moments in Poldark Season…

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not all love stories perhaps are about a boy and a girl

there are some things we never talk about. perhaps they threaten our sense of security, perhaps they challenge our limits of defining the world, perhaps they disturb us fundamentally, so we look away. right now in a television soap, an interesting – and i feel, courageous – story is on, which makes us stare point blank at one such thing. the third gender as the law calls it, hijras as we have called them for as long as i can…

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Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi has lost its color..

kuch rang pyar ke has lost its colour

You know, how YouTube very smartly and often accurately tries to recommend videos you might like? That is how I watched a lissome pretty young girl get pulled close by a smart earnest looking young man. She had the most beautiful black heels and her hair and dress both whirled as he twirled her into his arms. He appeared to be getting on her nerves while a lilting song played in the background. She finally confessed that his rudeness and…

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an offensive note in kuch rang pyaar ke aise bhi

don’t know about you, but i am beginning to find kuch rang pyaar ke downright offensive. there are many things that don’t appeal but one thing is really getting to me. this crass divide between people who do and don’t eat meat is grotesque and sickening in tone. i am bengali and i eat fish, yeah. my own mami is a vegetarian from up, my mausa was a brahmin from up… never have i ever heard of such nonsense and…

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bade bhaiyya ki dulhania was not what i thought it would be

the other afternoon, surfing channels looking for something to watch, i came upon a scene in bade bhaiyya ki dulhania that made me pause and watch. i honestly don’t remember what the scene was, but there was a silent intensity mixed with a beguiling amiability in the hero’s eyes, the heroine looked fey and was actually so, there was a mother on the upper floor of the house whose eyes were as eloquent as her son’s… the hero. there were…

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