10 Things I Loved About ‘Messiah’

‘Messiah’ is a 10-part drama series created by Michael Petroni on Netflix which premiered on January 1, 2020. It follows the rise of a mysterious, soft-spoken Christ-like figure named al-Masih (aka “the Messiah”). A skeptical CIA agent Eva Gellar (Michelle Monaghan) is assigned to figure out whether this person they call al-Masih (Mehdi Dehbi) is […]

ShahRock: Chennai Express Avatar

Many, many years ago, I had created a cartoon character called Shah Rock for my friend, actor Shah Rukh Khan. Someday, we both hoped, we could do a live action + animation movie starring Shah Rukh and Shah Rock. Over the years, I have updated Shah Rock in the many movie avatars of Shah Rukh. […]

The Zen of Creativity

Every few months, my creative compass as a blogger goes a little awry and begins pointing towards approval seeking. My writing leans towards the show-offy shortcuts and borrowed genius. My effort becomes to craft that cleverly-written post that will get the maximum likes. The symptoms are familiar: I begin to be driven by a compulsion […]

Turn On Your Star Light

So here’s what I experienced last night: Travelling by private jet. Check. Police escort and bouncers. Check. Being chauffeured in a Rolls Royce Phantom. Check. Partying with people considered legends. Check. Twelve thousand screaming fans. Check. Not many of us experience the superstar life, let alone all in one evening, but I did when I […]

The Silent Movie Star

I have written on this blog in the past about my concern with regards the negativity on Twitter*, and last month, it claimed a victim in actor Shah Rukh Khan who went off Twitter indefinitely. A piece I wrote about this aspect of social media, especially connected with Bollywood, was carried by the Mumbai Mirror […]

Honoring the Impulse

“Congratulations, you have arrived!” A friend sent me this message when he saw me on KBC (the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’) with actors Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan. As I marveled at the many layers of unintended irony in his comment, even I wondered how I got […]

A Sweet Weekend Reminder!

“If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn’t be a human being. You’d be a game-show host.” – Winona Ryder in Heathers (1989) Photo Used Under Creative Commons via katerha