Sreehari Nair

Sreehari Nair wishes to write about that which is in the cultural air but absent from trending lists. You can e-mail the author at sreeharin@rediff-inc.com

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10 Ways to Survive the Lockdown

10 Ways to Survive the Lockdown

Rediff.com3 days ago

Sreehari Nair lists some movies, documentaries, recorded-performance films, and literature and music suggestions that might help.

Review: Special Ops

Review: Special Ops

Rediff.com20 Mar 2020

The world according to Neeraj Pandey. Observed by Sreehari Nair.

Serial Killer who won't stop talking

Serial Killer who won't stop talking

Rediff.com18 Mar 2020

A serial killer may be insane; a show about a serial killer need not be a celebration of his insanity.

Did Parasite deserve all those Oscars?

Did Parasite deserve all those Oscars?

Rediff.com21 Feb 2020

Parasite's razor-sharp characterisations ensure that the picture is thoroughly entertaining though it falls short of greatness, declares Sreehari Nair.

The Forgotten Army review

The Forgotten Army review

Rediff.com31 Jan 2020

'What was previously buried in the sands of time now gets buried by the weight of banality,' notes Sreehari Nair.

Javed Akhtar at 75: The Best Songs

Javed Akhtar at 75: The Best Songs

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

Sreehari Nair attempts to bring you up-close the pleasures of Javed Akhtar's poetry.

Ghost Stories review

Ghost Stories review

Rediff.com7 Jan 2020

'Dibakar Banerjee isn't simply giving a particular fascistic regime the finger.' 'Here, he wants to offer us a preview of the invisible forces and human tendencies that drive fascism, blind conformity, and mass hysteria,' says Sreehari Nair.

TOP 20 Indian Movies of the Decade

TOP 20 Indian Movies of the Decade

Rediff.com2 Jan 2020

Sreehari Nair presents his Top 20 movies of the decade.

Happi Review

Happi Review

Rediff.com31 Dec 2019

'Surely a person like Happi deserves to be treated with dignity.' 'But does he deserve a two hour movie dedicated to his daftness, and to the failure of the rest of the world to come round to the purity that shines behind that daftness?' asks Sreehari Nair.

Good Newwz Review

Good Newwz Review

Rediff.com27 Dec 2019

Beset by a Princess Syndrome in the past, Kareena Kapoor reigns over this pandemonium like a stately queen, feels Sreehari Nair.

My FAVOURITE Indian films of 2019

My FAVOURITE Indian films of 2019

Rediff.com24 Dec 2019

Sreehari Nair could not put up with turgid and self-serious ones like Super Deluxe and Gully Boy. His list of favourite Indian movies of 2019 contains just five names.

How Shah Rukh beat Letterman at his game

How Shah Rukh beat Letterman at his game

Rediff.com30 Oct 2019

Shah Rukh Khan had David Letterman in his grip, giving him no quarter whatsoever, declares Sreehari Nair.

The Saand Ki Aankh Review

The Saand Ki Aankh Review

Rediff.com25 Oct 2019

'I felt a constant gag in my throat, and emerged from the movie somewhat mugged,' confesses Sreehari Nair.

When Quentin Tarantino got it so wrong

When Quentin Tarantino got it so wrong

Rediff.com13 Sep 2019

Quentin Tarantino, declares Sreehari Nair, will be remembered as someone who made just two great movies, and who then brought misery upon himself.

It's been 30 years since Flop Show!

It's been 30 years since Flop Show!

Rediff.com6 Sep 2019

Jaspal Bhatti's feel for the grime, the confusions, and the madness in our system was so complete that he could take on every kind of woman or man God ever gave to the institutions of India, feels Sreehari Nair.

The Sacred Games 2 Review

The Sacred Games 2 Review

Rediff.com16 Aug 2019

Sacred Games 2 is an upgrade, and is shaping up to be one of India's great cultural events, feels Sreehari Nair.

What's so obscene about Kabir Singh?

What's so obscene about Kabir Singh?

Rediff.com19 Jul 2019

'By ruffling dignified feathers, and by polarising its audience, Kabir Singh has put movies and art back into our public discourse,' says Sreehari Nair.

Have we stopped responding to movies?

Have we stopped responding to movies?

Rediff.com3 Jul 2019

'If you can tell the quality of a movie-watching experience, only and only by referring to set standards, you *aren't really* going to the movies,' argues Sreehari Nair.

Article 15 Review: Entertaining social drama

Article 15 Review: Entertaining social drama

Rediff.com29 Jun 2019

'Article 15 is not the work of a hack, or of someone merely scooping a plot out of newspaper headlines.' 'It is a well-researched, clear-headed movie; but its findings have a purpose,' says Sreehari Nair.

How our liberals have been working for Modi

How our liberals have been working for Modi

Rediff.com26 Jun 2019

'The Indian Right can afford to be rigid; but as liberals, our position has to be one of constant evolution, or else death awaits us,' argues Sreehari Nair.

Bharat review: A film gone badly astray

Bharat review: A film gone badly astray

Rediff.com5 Jun 2019

Bharat is nothing more than a reflection of the times we are living in: where we expect our heroes to be flawless, virtuous fellas -- it is our current national disease.

Shuruaat Ka Twist Review: 6 short films, 2 masterpieces

Shuruaat Ka Twist Review: 6 short films, 2 masterpieces

Rediff.com31 May 2019

It is the two women directors in Shuruaat Ka Twist who end up making the best films, feels Sreehari Nair.

Are masala movies dead?

Are masala movies dead?

Rediff.com28 May 2019

'What we have is 'masala redeemed' as opposed to just 'masala resurrected',' argues Sreehari Nair.

Review: City Of Dreams is surprisingly sexy!

Review: City Of Dreams is surprisingly sexy!

Rediff.com22 May 2019

After 20 plus years of threatening to offer us new sensations, Nagesh Kukunoor has finally let it rip, raves Sreehari Nair.

Review: The bitter truth about De De Pyaar De

Review: The bitter truth about De De Pyaar De

Rediff.com17 May 2019

De De Pyaar De is a Radio Play being passed off as a Motion Picture, says Sreehari Nair.

Criminal Justice: More than just a whodunit

Criminal Justice: More than just a whodunit

Rediff.com9 Apr 2019

At its core, Criminal Justice is a tale of small miscalculations leading to grave consequences, feels Sreehari Nair.

Made in Heaven: Beautiful contradictions, flat revelations

Made in Heaven: Beautiful contradictions, flat revelations

Rediff.com13 Mar 2019

'Made in Heaven plays well as a busy show; when it's hip, but without being hopeless,' feels Sreehari Nair.

A small film with lots to say about the world

A small film with lots to say about the world

Rediff.com6 Mar 2019

'Kumbalangi Nights is a movie that respects women, but most importantly, it's a movie that loves them,' says Sreehari Nair.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: Dostana all over again

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: Dostana all over again

Rediff.com22 Feb 2019

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a step backward for the portrayal of female camaraderie in our movies,' argues Sreehari Nair.

Soni: Outrage, unedited

Soni: Outrage, unedited

Rediff.com8 Feb 2019

Soni is a soft treatment of a very complex subject, feels Sreehari Nair.

Rubaru Roshni: Starts tough, ends soft

Rubaru Roshni: Starts tough, ends soft

Rediff.com29 Jan 2019

Though it is a little too neat and a little too light, Rubaru Roshni is important because it is telling us stories of people who have experienced an 'Inner Migration' in their lives, notes Sreehari Nair.

Why Cheat India is a love letter to Emraan Hashmi but...

Why Cheat India is a love letter to Emraan Hashmi but...

Rediff.com18 Jan 2019

...A hate letter to our system, feels Sreehari Nair.

Is Hardik being punished for spilling insider secrets?

Is Hardik being punished for spilling insider secrets?

Rediff.com15 Jan 2019

'His sin was that he made public a certain lifestyle that was to be kept within the confines of those sweaty dressing rooms,' says Sreehari Nair.

Rangbaaz is fun while it lasts

Rangbaaz is fun while it lasts

Rediff.com5 Jan 2019

'A big reason for its low recall value is that Rangbaaz's colourful characters are all essentially punks,' feels Sreehari Nair.

The BEST Performances of 2018

The BEST Performances of 2018

Rediff.com2 Jan 2019

Sreehari Nair picks the top performers of 2018.

Ten 2018 Films I didn't like

Ten 2018 Films I didn't like

Rediff.com27 Dec 2018

Sreehari Nair is *not* impressed by this lot of films at all.

The Best Indian Films of 2018

The Best Indian Films of 2018

Rediff.com26 Dec 2018

Sreehari Nair picks his top 10 movies of 2018.

It's Not That Simple: Foul-mouthed Soap Opera

It's Not That Simple: Foul-mouthed Soap Opera

Rediff.com18 Dec 2018

What holds It's Not That Simple together is the cast; performers who frequently rise above their stodgy lines to bring something personal to the table, notes Sreehari Nair.

Review: Rajma Chawal is comfortably dumb

Review: Rajma Chawal is comfortably dumb

Rediff.com13 Dec 2018

'Wasn't there a single person below 30 in the whole production team? I wondered aloud at different points in the narrative,' notes Sreehari Nair.

Review: Tigers is too taken by its own courage

Review: Tigers is too taken by its own courage

Rediff.com22 Nov 2018

'Tigers fails to understand that the phenomenon of a million babies dying because there is not enough clean drinking water in which to mix a certain packaged baby formula may have its source in a system where deprivation runs so deep that even a small gift works like a tonic,' argues Sreehari Nair.

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