All stories by Vikram Johri
Uber's Kalanick was a boss from hell, but...Rediff.com12 Jul 2017
'The fact that Kalanick and others managed to build such great companies, in spite of their apparent foibles, should give us hope,' says Vikram Johri.
Loev is a complex gay drama, the kind we rarely seeRediff.com1 Jun 2017
The real achievement of the film, which is now available worldwide on Netflix, is that it resists the temptations of the genre.
Who is a liberal?Rediff.com19 May 2017
'Is he one who defends individual liberty at all costs, or is he one who allows some give and take that recognises the primacy of the social contract, our coming together to live in a society?'
On Netflix: The show no photography buff should missRediff.com12 May 2017
Tales By Light is devoted to the kind of nature photography that appears on the pages of Nat Geo, but it exposes viewers to fascinating vistas that have only partly to do with photography, says Vikram Johri.
Lessons Pepsi should learn from Tata TeaRediff.com19 Apr 2017
Unlike Pepsi's Kendell Jenner ad, Tata Tea's Jaago Re campaigns were careful not to insert its product in the ad's storyline and they targeted topics on which there was near unanimity of outrage.
The shock of denied parenthoodRediff.com21 Mar 2017
'The inability to have children with the person you love is a foundational shock of being gay,' says Vikram Johri. 'Karan Johar's becoming a parent through surrogacy focuses attention on exactly the demographic that India's divisive Surrogacy Regulation Bill targets.'
Akhilesh, the man to watch out forRediff.com24 Feb 2017
Akhilesh, the man to watch out for
Review: Manchester by the Sea is bruisingRediff.com23 Feb 2017
The film's genius is not in its ability to provide answers. Rather, it expands our empathy and forces us to locate the sublime within the unbearable, says Vikram Johri.
For a democracy, Modi's words are ominousRediff.com6 Feb 2017
'Modi followed a prime minister whose second term was marked by such tragic passivity that Indians, it would seem, are willing to go to great pains to help this one realise his ambitions for them.'
Why Naseer may have apologised for his Rajesh Khanna commentRediff.com2 Aug 2016
'For a working actor in Bollywood, it is nearly impossible to criticise its reigning deities.' 'Besides, due care ought to be taken when speaking of the dead too.'
Bollywood's matter-of-fact bow to homosexualityRediff.com6 Apr 2016
Of the two brothers in Kapoor & Sons, Fawad Khan's is the more successful, the better-earning, the more polite, the apple of his parents's eyes. Beside this perfection sits his homosexuality and the film forces us to question if we can look at Rahul as perfect, inspite of that fact.
Is the e-commerce hiring bubble about to burst?Rediff.com18 Mar 2016
Fewer e-commerce companies hired candidates from B-schools this year.
Who can be immune to Oscars magic?Rediff.com7 Mar 2016
'They are perhaps the only night when the stars, those celestial seraphs, become as vulnerable, as doggedly human, as the rest of us.'
The temporary failures of campus placementsRediff.com21 Feb 2016
The placement process at B-schools comes as close to psychological cannibalism as one is likely to witness.
Why the battle against Section 377 must continue!Rediff.com30 Jan 2016
'No country has moved from bigotry to equality fast, and India, with its leisurely, elephant-like pace for the most non-controversial of things, will only take longer.'
Why Chanda Kochhar's remarks on women raised hacklesRediff.com13 Nov 2015
ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar stirred a hornet's nest this week when she linked the low numbers of women in B-school to a focus on quantitative ability in the testing process.
Why has Sushant not made it big yet?Rediff.com26 Oct 2015
One mega success and the industry would be knocking on his door, camps be damned.
Where is the reform-oriented India we keep hearing about?Rediff.com4 Nov 2014
Haven't we all united behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, our national saviour-cum-reform evangelist? How can we still be in thrall to regionalist impulses, asks Vikram Johri
The World Before UsRediff.com23 Jun 2014
The World Before Her is a remarkable film, if for no other reason than that it tells the story of India's women centred on them alone.
The shamefully archaic conversation on rapeRediff.com30 Nov 2013
Beware the 'educated' man who thinks he is on women's side, says Vikram Johri