All stories by Vikram Johri
Will Bollywood's walls of nepotism crumble?Rediff.com15 Mar 2019
'In the new Bollywood, where success can translate, like a chain reaction, into gains in related fields, mere appearance on the screen is no longer a guarantor of fame,' says Vikram Johri.
Why Sacred Games, Mirzapur disappointRediff.com2 Feb 2019
'Deeply flawed, Sacred Games and Mirzapur come nowhere close to representing the diversity of stories from this country,' says Vikram Johri.
Reserving the right to changeRediff.com28 Jan 2019
Reservation is an albatross whose continuation under the current system risks creating deep fissures in our society, warns Vikram Johri.
Be very afraid Khans! Ayushmann's here!Rediff.com22 Dec 2018
'Even when he moves beyond his traditional repertoire, he sticks to a template that does not take him too far from the viewer's gentler emotions,' notes Vikram Johri.
Work culture of the futureRediff.com20 Dec 2018
Every cog in the wheel must present its unique services at the moment of instructed haste, says Vikram Johri.
Why 2019 won't be like 2004 for the BJPRediff.com2 Sep 2018
'Vajpayee was predictable in his ways.' 'Modi is a schemer, possessed of a shrewdness that can be rewarding in the chaotic world of politics.' 'His political journey gives reason to believe that 2019 will be another milestone in his private project,' notes Vikram Johri.
Dhadak's message will reach farther than SairatRediff.com26 Aug 2018
'Khaitan's film will continue to invite comparisons with Manjule's, but the fact that it is out there for viewers to see is perhaps a greater tribute to the original than is conveyed by the cautious desire to remake it,' says Vikram Johri.
Why Rahul is no match for Modi... in ParliamentRediff.com7 Aug 2018
'It is this difference in their personalities -- one in eloquent command of the requirements of Parliamentary debate, the other unable to infuse spontaneity in his script -- that will be as much a factor in who India votes for next year, as other more germane factors,' says Vikram Johri.
What makes Sacred Games differentRediff.com27 Jul 2018
'That only a certain Mumbai story -- look at Salaam Bombay and Slumdog Millionaire for other examples -- gets made when an international audience is as much a target as the desi viewer, should invoke questions of representation,' notes Vikram Johri.
Why is the Left unwilling to deal with history?Rediff.com13 Jul 2018
'The Left brands any criticism of Islam -- its history, its dogmas -- 'Islamophobic', conflating criticism of an ideology with criticism of a people,' notes Vikram Johri.
Don't take Kim lightlyRediff.com17 Jun 2018
'North Korea could choose to go China's way by selectively opening up the economy, but Kim does not seem enthused by the idea.' 'Getting Pyongyang to give up the nuclear programme may be the best outcome Trump can hope for at the moment,' says Vikram Johri.
BJP remains the side to beat in 2019Rediff.com17 May 2018
'Karti Chidambaram may be the beginning of a larger can of worms that the government has waited thus far to pop open,' says Vikram Johri.
Reckless businessman to reckless president: Decoding DonaldRediff.com5 May 2018
'Can he be the statesman that a divided nation needs?' 'Not remotely, but by following his gut, he may yet surprise the scores upon scores of naysayers,' says Vikram Johri.
The Looming Tower: How 9/11 happenedRediff.com6 Apr 2018
The Looming Tower reveals the bitter CIA-FBI turf battles that led to the worst terrorist attack in America's history.
MBA to minimum wage earner: Deepak Singh's amazing journeyRediff.com31 Mar 2018
When Deepak Singh first started working as a salesman in the US, he was ashamed of the fall in status this signalled, says Vikram Johri.
Jauhar is part of our history. Why are we ignoring it?Rediff.com20 Feb 2018
Jauhar is a recurrent theme in the history of that period. And Khilji was hardly the only Muslim invader whose onset forced women to self-immolate. Nearly the entire Mughal clan, including the benevolent Akbar, forced jauhar on the defeated, says Vikram Johri.
Why Modi-Shah must worry about the next electionRediff.com25 Jan 2018
'What has taken the wind out of its sails is the government's own expectation management and its inability to strategise on delivery,' says Vikram Johri.
Why India can't resist VirushkaRediff.com27 Dec 2017
The nature of modern celebrity is particularly explosive when Bollywood romances cricket.
Social media: It is messy, but it is democraticRediff.com2 Sep 2017
Purists may balk at this level of public discourse, but no one can deny its ability to marshal opinion.
AI: The Coming Threat to JobsRediff.com24 Aug 2017
'Some experts believe that the only jobs that will escape automation are the ones that involve anticipating the client's need, something that AI cannot do -- not yet anyway,' says Vikram Johri.