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Get fit or cry trying: Reebok's 100-Day Fitness Challenge
8th Aug 2015
Get fit or cry trying: Reebok's 100-Day Fitness Challenge

The weekend before the first day of my #100DaysOfFitness with Reebok, I ran away to Thailand. But it was all part of the process. If you've ever given an exam in school, you already know that in order

Bhai’s heart of gold shines extra bright in this instalment
18th Jul 2015
Bhai’s heart of gold shines extra bright in this instalment

There were two guys in their 20s sitting next to me in the theatre when I went to watch Kabir Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan Friday morning. At some point, one of them leaned over and asked if there wa

Morphine drips and flexible teeth: The pregnancy paradox
4th Jul 2015
Morphine drips and flexible teeth: The pregnancy paradox

I don't know what's causing all the unpredictability this year — must be the weather — but all my friends are suddenly having babies. My closest friend is on her second, but it's after a resp

Mango memoir: Tales of the forbidden fruit
20th Jun 2015

The best father in the world is the best father in the world because he will start his search for mangoes for us in February, and not stop looking till September. That's at least two months on either

This sequel has little novelty to offer to film, or dance
20th Jun 2015

A bunch of aspiring dancers are caught out and shamed at a televised dance competition for copying another international troupe's routine. Rejected, dejected and so on, the group breaks up and goes ba

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An official remake riddled with Bollywood clichés
15th Aug 2015
An official remake riddled with Bollywood clichés

When you've decided to play by the rules — getting the rights for the official adaptation of a movie — all you really need to do is what Bollywood's been doing all this time: copy + paste. Of cour

Gabbar shouldn’t have come back
2nd May 2015
Gabbar shouldn’t have come back

Akshay Kumar is starting to high-five that league of actors in Bollywood who sign films that mould themselves to the star; story, script, dialogues be damned. Much like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh and even

Brent Owens: Reinventing the dosa and other stories
18th Apr 2015
Brent Owens: Reinventing the dosa and other stories

Brent Owens was squinting at me. Mostly because he was tired, but also because he was very suspicious. "Are you sure you know what AFL is?" It's never a good idea to lie, especially when you're rubbis

This ‘romcom’ falls prey to the clichés it lampoons
22nd Nov 2014
This ‘romcom’ falls prey to the clichés it lampoons

"There's no such thing as a happy ending." Just the sort of thing this film's target audience will relate to immediately because that's exactly the cynical, jaded, melancholy-laced excuse for an excu

On the road with a bunch of delightful loonies
13th Sep 2014
On the road with a bunch of delightful loonies

We've crossed into another state.What state?A bloody mental state! Bundled into a battered blue car, trying desperately to get through a road trip, are five slightly unhinged characters getting on ea

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