Sameeksha Dandriyal

Sameeksha Dandriyal

A writer trying to make sense of life through narratives. Sameeksha firmly believes that stories hold the magic mirror to the society thus carry the power of reflection and change, all at once. Journalist for the past 5 years, cinema-lover for 20 odd ones.

Opinions/Stories

'Minari' review: A poignant story of bitter-sweet dreams, hope and family

Directed by Lee Isaac Chun, 'Minari' is a weed of hope that'll grow on you during these dark, dampened times

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'The Big Bull' review: Abhishek Bachchan casts an inconsistent shadow of an underdog that fails to connect

Kookie Gulati's The Big Bull oscillates between finding a ground between being inspirational and between the grey area of success and greed. In turn, it only achieves confusion.

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'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' review: The first episode is all about redemptions, re-adjustments, and replacements

The only thing to keep in mind here is, this series will play out the values of Captain America, by two of the most impulsive Avengers. If anything, that promises a lot of friction and in-turn fun…

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'Zack Snyder’s Justice League' review: Exhausting yet engaging fan service disguised as a saga

You can pick all the faults in terms of movie-making, but it never claimed to be one. It proclaimed itself to be a fan-service, an undoing of a mistake, and it does that beautifully.

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'WandaVision' season finale review: A goodbye that promises powerful beginnings 

WandaVision finale isn’t a blast, but it’s a much-needed anchor which ties and releases future conversations in the Marvel Universe.

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Yearender 2020: How K-Pop band BTS became the beacon of hope in a distressed year

BTS are a K-pop (or Korean pop) group made up of seven members - Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook - who come from all over South Korea. They launched in 2013 and have since rocketed to…

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'The Mandalorian' S2 review: A blasting finale of a cameo-packed season 

'The Mandalorian' Season 2 finale sees almost all the important characters introduced this season merging their hands to rescue the child from Moff Gideon. 

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'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' review: Chadwick Boseman's swansong is a gut-wrenching tale of trauma and ambition

Chadwick Boseman’s last appearance on-screen, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' is a testament of his performance as an actor and of Viola Davis' fiery presence.

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'Evermore' album review: Taylor Swift gives a magic-laden birthday treat to music lover

The acoustic-minimalistic palette of Taylor's previous album is taken to another height with a mix of piano, beats and even carolling vibes considering the album is Swift’s birthday treat AND a…

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How the uncertainty of 2020 affected films from Marvel and DC Universe

This year, the superheroes, well-equipped to fight the Nazis, aliens, secret world and magical beings, found themselves lost in the pandemic. It’ll be nice to see how the heroes bring back hope in…

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'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives' review: Lack of drama & oomph makes it a skippable cringe rather than guilt-binge

'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives' dwindles somewhere between ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ and ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’. The four women in the series - Bhavana Panday, Maheep…

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'Dash and Lily' review: This Netflix series is a perfect start to Christmas binge season

Netflix's 'Dash and Lily' is a must-binge for a dash of lightheartedness in a gloomy year and lily-like freshness to the overdone genre of Christmas romance.

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'Supernatural' Season 15 finale: A long road home to peace for the Winchester boys

'Supernatural', the CW horror-fantasy series comes on an end after 15 long years. Starring Jared Padalecki and Jenson Ackles, as Sam and Dean Winchester, respectively, the show was all about myths…

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I was afraid Tillotama Shome might refuse 'Sir' because of 'Monsoon Wedding': Director Rohena Gera

'Sir', starring Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gomber and Geetanjali Kulkarni had its World Premiere at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival, in 2018, in the Critics Week competition section making…

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'Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari' review: Diljit Dosanjh takes the spotlight in this otherwise passable comedy

Watch 'Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari' if you want to see Diljit Dosanjh hold his ground strongest in an actor-driven, satirical-comedy or if you are a lover of the genre and don’t mind a passable flick.…

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