All stories by SREEHARI NAIR
Gulabo Sitabo: Bachchan's finest performance in 30 yearsRediff.com30 Jun 2020
'It's a performance that puts the Bachchan hysteria to shame,' observes Sreehari Nair.
Monsoon Wedding RevisitedRediff.com22 May 2020
'What guides Monsoon Wedding through and through is Mira Nair's openness as a film-maker,' observes Sreehari Nair.
Irrfan has left me with no definite answers, only questionsRediff.com8 May 2020
'Since Piku, Irrfan seemed content in delighting us with his finesse than striking a nerve.' 'Now, why was this so?' 'Why did our No 1 soul-searching actor suddenly decide that he'd rather be a heart-warmer?' 'Did those journeys take too much out of him?' asks Sreehari Nair.
11 Remix Videos You Must Watch!Rediff.com17 Apr 2020
These videos are like butterflies in a case, says Sreehari Nair. They have neither aged badly nor grown over-familiar.
Do you know these HIDDEN MEANINGS in movies?Rediff.com12 Apr 2020
This piece is a tribute to that corner of film criticism that they call subtextual film criticism.
10 Ways to Survive the LockdownRediff.com3 Apr 2020
Sreehari Nair lists some movies, documentaries, recorded-performance films, and literature and music suggestions that might help.
Review: Special OpsRediff.com20 Mar 2020
The world according to Neeraj Pandey. Observed by Sreehari Nair.
Serial Killer who won't stop talkingRediff.com18 Mar 2020
A serial killer may be insane; a show about a serial killer need not be a celebration of his insanity.
Can Bollywood make a film as smart as this one?Rediff.com16 Mar 2020
Sreehari Nair reviews Ayyappanum Koshiyum.
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 reviewRediff.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 SongsRediff.com17 Jan 2020
Sreehari Nair attempts to bring you up-close the pleasures of Javed Akhtar's poetry.
Ghost Stories reviewRediff.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 DecadeRediff.com2 Jan 2020
Sreehari Nair presents his Top 20 movies of the decade.
Happi ReviewRediff.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 ReviewRediff.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 2019Rediff.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 gameRediff.com30 Oct 2019
Shah Rukh Khan had David Letterman in his grip, giving him no quarter whatsoever, declares Sreehari Nair.
The Saand Ki Aankh ReviewRediff.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 wrongRediff.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!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 ReviewRediff.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?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?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 dramaRediff.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 ModiRediff.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 astrayRediff.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 masterpiecesRediff.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?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!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 DeRediff.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 whodunitRediff.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 revelationsRediff.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 worldRediff.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 againRediff.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, uneditedRediff.com8 Feb 2019
Soni is a soft treatment of a very complex subject, feels Sreehari Nair.
Rubaru Roshni: Starts tough, ends softRediff.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...Rediff.com18 Jan 2019
...A hate letter to our system, feels Sreehari Nair.
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 lastsRediff.com5 Jan 2019
'A big reason for its low recall value is that Rangbaaz's colourful characters are all essentially punks,' feels Sreehari Nair.