Prahlad Srihari
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Essay: The catastrophe that destroyed all meaning

Neither the dropping of the bombs nor the aftermath is shown in Oppenheimer. But it is Japanese art and media that provide an audit of the bomb's devastation

The mushroom cloud of the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. (Everett Collection/Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 06:01 PM IST

Book to film: On Oppenheimer and American Prometheus

A look at how Christopher Nolan’s film builds on Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s scholarly biography of the famed physicist

Cillian Murphy in and as Oppenheimer. (Universal Pictures)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 09:01 PM IST

Mash-up madness: Welcome to Barbenheimer

The same-day release of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was expected to cause a cultural fission. Instead, we got fusion

The grand spectacle of a double bill (HT team)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 07:00 PM IST

Essay: An unnatural hunger

From Bones and All to American Psycho and Silence of the Lambs, a look at cannibalism in popular culture

Consumed by love (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 07:05 PM IST

The new Perry Mason – more Raymond Chandler than Raymond Burr

HBO’s Perry Mason employs the 1930s setting as a lens to investigate the perennial anxieties surrounding race, class, sexuality and immigration in America

Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason (HBO)
Updated on Jun 30, 2023 03:32 PM IST

Essay: On the caustic humour of Succession

For its entire run, an abiding pleasure of tuning into the HBO show was to watch a superb ensemble mercilessly lob verbal grenades in their jockeying for power

“The Roys wear tailored suits, fly on private jets, holiday aboard luxury yachts, live in swank penthouses — yet their lives are empty and embittered by a lifetime of waiting for their father to hand over the reins of a billion-dollar media empire.” (HBO)
Updated on Jun 08, 2023 08:58 PM IST

Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Divorce Story

Based on Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut novel, the Disney+Hotstar series makes viewers think about how women are transformed in male-centric narratives even as it takes them on a non-linear tour of a marriage from beginning to end

Publicity poster for Fleishman is in Trouble (Disney+Hotstar)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 05:16 PM IST

Without Its Hot Star HBO, A Disney+ Sub Is Slim Pickings

If losing the rights to IPL cost Disney+ Hotstar close to 4 million subscribers, losing HBO's roster may prove to be a considerable setback. By Prahlad Srihari.

Succession is among the HBO shows that will no longer be available on Disney+ Hotstar in India, from April 2023.
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 11:08 PM IST

Essay: On the continuing fascination with Marilyn Monroe

From Joyce Carol Oates to Norman Mailer and Andrew Dominik, most writers and filmmakers find it impossible to celebrate Monroe for the artist she was and view her life only as tragedy

Marilyn Monroe (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 06:50 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Essay: On remixing history

From Apple TV’s Dickinson to Netflix’s Persuasion and Hulu’s The Great, period accuracy is out and creative anachronisms are in. While this might upset the purist, it is an interesting approach that injects freshness into classic material

A scene from Dickinson. (Apple TV+)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 08:04 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Essay: On filming the “unfilmable” novel

Decoding the recent trend of cinema and TV tackling what were previously deemed as texts that just couldn’t be make that leap to a visual medium because of the original’s scope, scale and style

A scene from White Noise (Netflix)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 10:30 PM IST
ByPrahlad Srihari

Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; A Novel by Quentin Tarantino

The storytelling in Tarantino’s debut novel is non-linear, the writing is punchy, and it comes as no surprise that it reads like a motion picture

The 2018 movie set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 02:00 PM IST
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