I am still surprised at the title I have just now typed above. This movie was not on my radar. I had seen the trailer once as a part of the previews for some other movie but that was it. I had neither any intention nor motivation to go watch this movie. I had written Karan Johar off as an out-of-touch Boomer who didn’t understand how love and relationships have evolved since the 90s ever since his “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. And boy was I surprised!

I sincerely think that autobiographies should be placed in the fiction section. It is the accounts of one person looking at the highlights reel spanning decades through the dusty glass of her own memories, and often has very little to do with the objective truth, if a such a thing even exists. I think all of us should revisit our planned autobiographies in our heads many times before we start writing them. Look for memories that might have been forgotten, question if you remember things correctly, find plot threads that you missed on the first reading.

At the height of his popularity, the first edition of his books sold five lakh copies. He himself waas nominated for the Filmfare award for Best Story 6 times in a career spanning roughly 20 years. Yet, if I walk up to the average person on the street today and ask them if they knew who Gulshan Nanda is, I would in all probability draw a blank stare.

I am usually cautiously optimistic any time I pick up a book by an author I have never read before. Many times, an author’s style is just not your thing, even if the author themselves might be competent, even gifted writers, So, I approached Sushma Kasbekar’s Murder At The Club with the same caution. However, having devoured the short 200 page book in a single sitting late on a Saturday night, I feel that my caution was premature and thoroughly unnecessary.

Westland, and now Harper Collins has Amish Tripathi’s Shiva and Rama series. To make matters worse Harper also has Ashvin Sanghi’s books on their catalogue now. These two writers put together possibly outsell majority of the industry combined. Now Penguin does have romance writers like Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh on its catalogue, but they don’t have a marquee fantasy series. So, in order to find their own franchise, Penguin has turned to Akshat Gupta’s Hidden Hindu trilogy.

Netflix seems to be making movies with a “social message” in hopes that even if the movies are terrible, they will not be criticized and simply be forgotten. Any criticism directed at the movie can be thrown back into the face of the critic, accusing her of ignoring the plight that the movies strives to bring attention to.