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A weekly wrap up of consumable and non-consumable entertainment curated, especially for the internet age. Hosted by Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen. Click here to support Newslaundry: http://bit.ly/paytokeepnewsfree
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    Ep 173: Raat Akeli Hai, Three Identical Strangers, and more

    Ep 173: Raat Akeli Hai, Three Identical Strangers, and more

    While talking about Raat Akeli Hai:
    Rajyasree: I would not recommend it but if you all have time, you all should watch. What else is everyone doing? You’re sitting at home. Watch it.
    Abhinandan: You know only you are! Everybody is working by the way.
    Rajyasree: I’m working. I do three things...
    Abhinandan: Then why do you assume...“Since all of you are sitting home doing nothing. Abhinandan, you don’t watch anything, you’re sitting and doing nothing.” Why do you assume everybody’s sitting and doing nothing?
    Rajyasree: Why? I’m assuming people manage their time like I do. I cater, I do a full-time job, and I do this podcast and some other things.
    Abhinandan: Rajyasree, I think on January 26 you should get to ride on the elephant with the bahadur bachhas of India who salute the President.
    Rajyasree: You should make an elephant, na? Make a little statue over here. 
    Abhinandan: Yeah, you can do that. Then you can congratulate yourself.
    Rajyasree: Nobody is congratulating me, I might as well congratulate myself.
    Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.
    This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Raat Akeli Hai and Lootcase, Netflix documentary Three Identical Strangers, Roger Federer’s new commercial for Barilla, and Nike ad You Can’t Stop Us.
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    Timecodes
    00:08: Introduction
    02:36: Three Identical Strangers
    10:21: Letters from listeners
    14:39: Raat Akeli Hai
    22:29: Letters from listeners
    27:30: Nike Ad
    30:17: Lootcase
    42:39: Barilla Ad

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    • 50 min
    Ep 172: Dil Bechara, Olivia de Havilland, and more

    Ep 172: Dil Bechara, Olivia de Havilland, and more

    While reading out a letter from a listener:
    Abhinandan: “As someone who is active in the field of theatre, Hamilton is sacred to me and I would've loved it had Abhinandan Sir, a former thespian himself, watched it.” So...
    Rajyasree: She’s very young.
    Abhinandan: Have you passed out? Are you choking?
    Rajyasree: No, I’m choking so they’ll get me my smelling salts, I’ll be fine. But you must not use these words loosely.
    Abhinandan: I will be honest with you. Had bad acting been a crime, I would’ve got capital punishment based on one play that I did.
    Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.
    This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Dil Bechara, Netflix series Norsemen, documentary film A Suitable Girl, the death of Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, and a whole lot more.
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    Timecodes
    00:08: Introduction
    02:16: Dil Bechara
    10:31: Letters from listeners
    16:32: Norsemen
    25:46: Letters from listeners
    37:29: A Suitable Girl
    54:52: Olivia de Havilland
    1:01:05: Letters from listeners
    01:12:49: Today Tea ad
    01:13:40: Amitabh Bachchan’s blogpost


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    Is Entertainment Journalism all about access?

    Is Entertainment Journalism all about access?

    How dependent are journalists and film critics on access to power for their stories? Has the entertainment beat always been close to power structures – or have things improved/worsened?
    In this session of #TheMediaRumble -
    Dispatches, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Anupama Chopra, Mayank Shekhar, Ravina Rawal and Sowmya Rajendran to discuss this, and much more.

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    • 45 min
    Ep 171: Indian Matchmaking, The Arranged Gay Marriage Scam, and more

    Ep 171: Indian Matchmaking, The Arranged Gay Marriage Scam, and more

    Abhinandan sharing his first acting experience in a play:
    Abhinandan: I didn't have dialogue, so I was just showing love with expressive eyes and my eloquent facial expressions. He [the director] said, “Okay, show love.” Then I was showing love and he said, “What are you doing?” I said, “I’m showing love!”
    Rajyasree: This explains why you’ve never gotten married because when you’re showing love, the person must be so confused, thinking, “Why is he so angry with me?”
    Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.
    This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the Netflix series Indian Matchmaking; Vice Media’s documentary The Arranged Gay Marriage Scam; the trailer of upcoming miniseries A Suitable Boy; Arnab Goswami’s interview with Kangana Ranaut, and a whole lot more.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep 170: Hamilton, Breathe, and more

    Ep 170: Hamilton, Breathe, and more

    Talking about The Old Guard:
    Abhinandan: If Charlize Theron did an Alibaba film with Jack Ma...
    Rajyasree: Hmm?
    Abhinandan: If she made an ad for Jack Ma and she played a thief in it, it would be called Alibaba and Charlize Chor.
    Rajyasree: Okay, we will get back to the film I was discussing so we cannot hear bad jokes.
    Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.
    This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the American musical drama Hamilton; Amazon Original series‎ Breathe; Sony Liv series Undekhi; Netflix film The Old Guard; and Apple and WhatsApp ads. They also talk about stand-up comedians apologising for hurting religious sentiments.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 169: The Saroj Khan Story, Politician, and more

    Ep 169: The Saroj Khan Story, Politician, and more

    Abhinandan’s version of how he and Rajyasree met:
    Abhinandan: I was shooting a documentary in Bengal actually. I was in the Sundarbans and late at night, I was going with my crew.
    Rajyasree: And? Chudail came?
    Abhinandan: Suddenly there was this [malicious laugh] and the whole crew ran off. I was like, what is this? Then suddenly she emerged.
    Rajyasree: And then?
    Abhinandan: Then I said I’m not scared because I’m a brave Punjabi with Tamil blood also. So I said, “I’m not scared.” She was impressed and then she said, “Will you give me a job?”
    Rajyasree: And when you came back, you brought a chudail with you. [Surprisingly] you didn’t say that I sat on a tiger and I came towards you.
    Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.
    This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss Season 2 of the Netflix series Politician; Saif Ali Khan’s comments on nepotism; documentary The Saroj Khan Story, and various commercials.
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    • 1 hr

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