Nikhil Taneja is a writer-producer, who swears by Aaron Sorkin, Chandler Bing & Andaz Apna Apna, and thinks 'Taneja Main Hoon, Mark Idhar Hai' is a witty thing to say in a bio. An engineer by degree, he's so far created a sitcom, and produced a thriller and six TV films for MTV. He currently works at Yash Raj Films as a creative producer for Y-Films and teaches at Jai Hind College on weekends. He spends any remaining time watching movies and TV, or trying to write them. He can be stalked at @tanejamainhoon.
I just read an article about how the person of the year in India is the "Bhakt". A Bhakt, of course, is any supporter of Narendra Modi or his policies. It could be someone who casually believes PM Mod...
The previous year gave us a taste of what is being called "Peak TV", with more great TV shows to watch than we could ever find time to, with streaming media jumping in to compete with cable TV channels. The greatest thing about 2016 is that not only are we going to get more great fresh shows, we'll also get exciting new seasons of returning shows that blew our minds in 2015.
If you thought last year was spectacular for the movies with reboots of Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Rocky and sequels of Avengers, James Bond, Mission Impossible, trust me when I say this: 2015 stands pale in comparison to what 2016 has lined up for us.
Masaan deserves to be watched because it is a rare film that holds a mirror to that deep-rooted ambition that runs through the pulse of this modern India: to break out of the boxes it's been holed into, to overcome the circumstances it was born into, to rise above the demarcations that were set in its outdated texts and its archaic traditions, and to have the liberty and choice to be whatever and whoever it needs to be... to not just live, but to truly be alive.