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Monojit Lahiri

Monojit Lahiri

Monojit Lahiri is a media commentator, specialising in cinema, advertising and popular culture.

Opinion: Why no Indian film ever won the Oscars

"..Beyond quality, cracking the Oscars need tickling many boxes and joining many dotted lines", says veteran Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal. Read Article

Opinion:  What did Sridevi have that no other heroine did?  

Despite her shy nature, Sridevi was believed to have sensuousness of a very special kind in all her dance numbers, making all her fans zonked to the theater screens. Read Article

Opinion: Will comeback of Rani Mukerji in film Hichki be a hit?

Post marriage and motherhood, Rani Mukerji will have to concentrate more on performance than looks to make a successful comeback. Read Article

Opinion: Valentine's Day and ways millennials wish to pray, eat and love

While festivals become carnivals, ramp-shows and sponsored programmes, muting the spiritual and religious content, it makes sense to do a reality check and realise that it’s clearly a sign of the… Read Article

Opinion: Padman, Vicky Donor, Toilet indicate Indian audiences are finally getting progressive

Viewers don’t give a damn about political colouring. They want 'paisa vasool' entertainment. If along the way, there is a message interestingly factored-in, not preachy, didactic or… Read Article

Opinion: Can Arthouse actors ever connect with masala audiences?

Everything being equal and the Bollywood and our mass audiences being what they are, niche will remain niche and big-budget blockbusters will remain… Read Article

Opinion: Is Padmaavat turning into the Rani of controversy?

The hooliganism around the film raises the question if India is turning into a banana republic from the world’s largest democracy. Read Article