Pop Sanskriti: Russian Doll, Gully Boy, Dilli 6 Nostalgia & More!
If you have ever fallen down the rabbit hole of endless YouTube videos, movies, TV shows and games, Pop Sanskriti is just the podcast for you. In the second episode of this podcast, we discuss Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, Om Prakash Mehra’s Dilli 6, which recently celebrated it’s 10th anniversary and Netflix’s uber-cool show Russian Doll. And that’s not all, there are some new recommendations as well.
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Nobody is inherently good or bad — we’re all gray at the best and that’s what Zoya Akhtar has shown with great finesse in her new film Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt that grossed over Rs 81 crores within eight days of its release.
Unlike the toned down version of poverty and inequality that we’ve been used to seeing in Bollywood, Gully Boy manages to show the hardened reality of what it really means to come from a low-income family.
Having said that, there are also a few misses. While it depicts inequality and contemporary protest culture, it also steers clear of any serious engagement with politics of class and identity.
From the gully of one city to the gully of another city – let’s explore the nostalgia of Dilli 6.
Delhi 6 is an interesting comparison because like Gully Boy, the location is a character in itself with a distinct personality. Delhi 6 tried to depict Chandni Chowk the way Gully Boy tried to show Dharavi.
It’s been 10 years since the former was released and filmmaking has changed a lot since then and we can only thank god for that!
Do women make better shows and films? Nobody can seem to keep calm about Netflix Original Russian Doll which has been created by women.
What makes this show so good is how it breaks away from stereotypical characterisation of male and female characters and we can thank its female makers for that. The music, cinematography, costumes and a wholly new attitude towards plots of time loops only adds to its greatness.
After Bandersnatch, this is yet another Netflix Original that has time loops and the feel of video games. Are we seeing a pattern here?