Shahana Bagchi
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13 Reasons Why: just no.

A note to the show: I understand that a lot of teenage dramas hinge on how undependable the adult world is, but for the love of God, just go to your parents for once. 13 Reasons Why, with a three-seasons-long…

Best TV show: Fleabag: the heroine we need but don’t deserve

If the vision of Phoebe Waller-Bridge holding all her Emmys isn’t indication enough that she’s an absolute genius, watch Fleabag. Be it comedy, tragedy, family drama, romance or fourth-wall breaking, Fleabag’s got it all. The admirable economy of the show,…

The Crown Season 3: Helena-Bonham Carter is the true jewel in The Crown ★★★★

Ah, the monarchy. Whether you love it, hate it, or just think it’s weird that it still exists, both real and reel versions are inescapable. The Netflix series The Crown is back for a third season, with all the old…

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: a rickety paving stone

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw That Girl) gets its title from a classic 90s love song, sung from a man’s perspective. It revels in earnestly romantic imagery, comparing his lover to a…

The Good Place: a philosophical outlook

The first part of the fourth and final season of Michael Schur’s The Good Place aired this month (the second will follow in January). The series deals with the morality of the afterlife from the point of view of lovable…

End of the F***ing World – with a bang, not a whimper ★★★★

It’s not enough to say that being a teenager is awful and end the conversation there. Charlie Covell, creator of End of the F***ing World, thinks so too. Before I go any further: there are spoilers in this review, so…

Revisiting The Little Mermaid— 30 Years Afloat

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a coming-of-age story loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name. While the latter ends tragically, the movie is a fantastical adventure in which our heroine,…

Rafiki – Love in a hopeless place ★★★

“[You mean] the whole church was watching me and what I was doing?” “Yes.” This exchange from Rafiki encompasses the core tension of the film: the fear of constant surveillance, the intrusive feeling that everyone is watching and disproving of…

Ghost Stories – A Halloween Treat ★★★★★

To demonstrate the brilliance of this show: after I saw it, I couldn’t sleep until 3 am. When I felt a draught in the middle of the night, I made the perfectly logical leap that it was a melancholy spirit…