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The Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap

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A weekly wrap up of consumable and non-consumable entertainment curated, especially for the internet age. Hosted by Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen. Click here to support Newslaundry: http://bit.ly/paytokeepnewsfree
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Ep+195%3A+Tandav%2C+Tribhanga%2C+and+Tiger
access_time2 days ago
Timecodes00:01 - Introduction03:12 - Tribhanga15:16 - Tandav26:14 - Letters from listeners30:50 - Tiger51:43 - Letters from listeners54:27 - Tandav and Mirzapur controversyWhile talking about the Tiger Woods documentary:Rajyasree: It’s a two-part documentary so it’s not that long. I think each part is one and a half hours or so. And  Abhinandan: It’s not about the Panthera tigris?Rajyasree: Why? You did Google just now and found Panthera tigris?Abhinandan: No. I know that’s what the biological name for a tiger is. Just like the biological name of a frog is Rana tigrina. Did you know that?Rajyasree: You’re very well-informed. You’re a biologist? A naturalist?Abhinandan: No, I remember all of this.Rajyasree: You’re a natural pain, that’s what you are. Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Tribhanga - Tedhi Medhi Crazy; Amazon web series Tandav; HBO’s Tiger Woods documentary Tiger; and more.Song: Duji Vaar Pyar See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+194%3A+Nail+Polish%2C+Is+Love+Enough%3F+Sir%2C+and+Tour+de+Pharmacy
access_time9 days ago
Timecodes00:01 - Introduction03:58 - Tour de Pharmacy13:24 - Nail Polish23:49 - Is Love Enough? Sir42:24 - Amul ad47:14 - Freakonomics 51:21 - Letter from a listener53:44 - Arnold Schwarzenegger’s messageWhile talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s video message:Abhinandan: When I was a child, inside a cupboard I had a full collage of Arnie which explains my body also.Rajyasree: That’s why you look like Arnie!Abhinandan: My body is, yeah.Rajyasree: You know, when I turn around and I’m hanging around with Abhinandan, I turn, just for a second I think (gasp), Arnie! Then I realise oh, it’s just Abhinandan. Idiot  Abhinandan: Yeah. At least I don’t say, ‘Oh my God, I’ve worked out for one hour, I think I’m looking like Cindy Crawford.’ Who said that, Rajyasree Sen?Rajyasree: I don’t know, Abhinandan. Who are these people you know?Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Is Love Enough? Sir and Nail Polish; 2017 mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy; Amul's greeting for new parents Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma; the Freakonomics Radio podcast Does Advertising Actually Work?, and Anold Schwarzenegger’s video message condemning the attack on the US Capitol. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+193%3A+Death+to+2020%2C+AK+vs+AK%2C+and+The+Midnight+Sky
access_time16 days ago
Timecodes00:01 - Introduction01:29 - AK vs AK12:36 - The Midnight Sky24:31 - Subscriber letters34:14 - Criminal Justice40:27 - CRED ad43:33 - Subscriber letters48:36 - Trailer of Madam Chief Minister54:05 - Death to 20201:06:27 - Subscriber lettersWhile talking about The Midnight Sky:Rajyasree: George Clooney has I was going to say directorial debut, but it’s not. He’s directed Midnight Sky which is Abhinandan: But you can say it’s a debut. How does it matter? I don’t think you let facts get in the way of your sentences. Rajyasree: (mocks Abhinandan laughing) That’s you, not me. Idiot! Huh What is your new year resolution? You have to be nice to me for half an hour at a stretch everyday. Can you manage that?Abhinandan: That means I have to deal with you for half an hour everyday?Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films AK vs AK and The Midnight Sky; the British mockumentary Death to 2020; web series Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors; the trailer of Madam Chief Minister; and CRED advertisement featuring Jackie Shroff.Song: Jatt 24 Carat Da See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+192%3A+Mank%2C+The+Wilds%2C+and+A+Call+to+Spy
access_time1 month ago
Timestamps00:01 - Introduction01:29 - A Call to Spy12:10 - Mank28:50 - Letters from listeners37:28 - The Wilds47:46 - Letters from listeners51:09 - Swipe56:25 - Letters from listeners1:01:27 - Smiths City adTalking about Noor Inayat Khan, played by Radhika Apte in A Call to Spy:Rajyasree: One of her parents was Indian and she was a pacifist. So all those things Abhinandan: She was a what?Rajyasree: A pacifist. She doesn’t believe in… a, like a baby pacifier, but a pacifist.Abhinandan: Ok, who believes in Pacific Ocean?Rajyasree: Haa like she used to swim in the Pacific Ocean, so she was a pacifist.Abhinandan: She was deep. I’m more of an Atlantist.Rajyasree: Yeah, I’m also someone known as an Atlantist you know.Abhinandan: You’re a bloody Hoogliest. Which is dirty and full of fish!Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the historical drama A Call to Spy; David Fincher’s Mank; Amazon series The Wilds; Pakistani animated short film Swipe; and Smiths City’s whiteware commercial.Song: Vanjhali Waja See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+191%3A+Jallikattu%2C+Bhaag+Beanie+Bhaag%2C+and+Quiz
access_time1 month ago
Timestamps00:01 - Introduction06:13 - Jallikattu 25:08 - Quiz34:13 - Letters from listeners39:39 - Bhaag Beanie Bhaag50:44 - Letters from listeners57:10 - Girl like me by BEP ft. Shakira1:00:18 - Bob Dylan sells his entire songwriting catalog1:03:00 - Letters from listeners1:05:18 - Doc Morris ad1:07:30 - Diljit Dosanjh and Kangana Ranaut's twitter clashTalking about the Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag:Abhinandan: Rajyasree, what was your calling in life? I mean what would be your Beanie moment where you could just say, “I’m going to go pursue my dream!” Rajyasree: I wanted to work with animals. I wanted to work at the… Abhinandan: Oh, in the kitchen you keep killing them and cooking them.Rajyasree: That way only I was working. If I was given a job at the Gerald Durrell, this thing, there’s a sanctuary that’s there, like a zoo, I would have worked over there. Where the full island… Abhinandan: What would you have done?Rajyasree: I would have looked after the Pandas. I’d be like Tiger King.Abhinandan: You would’ve what? Hug the Pandas? Like what is the work? I mean just being something… Rajyasree: No, no, you hugging Pandas is also a job. I can be a Panda nanny.Abhinandan: Panda nanny nahi panny. Acha theek hai ji! You know I always wanted to be a dancer. Now at my age you can’t coz you’re old.Rajyasree: You can still be! Why don’t you raise money for Newslaundry by having a channel which is Nikku dancing and people will pay money to watch you dance more and more and that money will then… Abhinandan: Jab tak paise chalenge basanti ke pao chalenge type?Rajyasree: Haa, like that!Abhinandan: Jude, what do you say? Jude, can we visualise a show like this?Jude: No.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the Malayalam film Jallikattu; Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag; game show scandal miniseries Quiz; Black Eyed Peas’ new track Girl Like Me featuring Shakira; Bob Dylan selling his songwriting catalog to Universal Music; and Doc Morris Christmas ad.Song: Rooh by Tej Gill See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+190%3A+Fabulous+Lives+of+Bollywood+Wives%2C+Hillbilly+Elegy+and+more
access_time2 months ago
Timestamps00:01 - Introduction05:02 - Hillbilly Elegy16:47 - Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives30:18 - Subscriber letters34:31 - Tinder ad38:17 - RC Cola ad40:16 - Coolie No. 1 trailerTalking about Tinder’s new ad campaign:Rajyasree: So by midnight tonight, guys, y’all can search for Abhinandan on Tinder, and please reach out to him. He will be in the pre-section because he’s too cheap to pay for Tinder Gold.Abhinandan: I’m not going to pay for a date, ya. That’s not good for your self-esteem, paying for your date. That’s not nice.  Rajyasree: Then also you’re not guaranteed a date. And if you are guaranteed a date, there’s no guarantee it’s not a stalker or a psycho, so there are no guarantees over here.Abhinandan: Beta, that guarantee is not there in life only yaar, forget Tinder. Matlab psychos aur stalkers are not just an online phenomena.Rajyasree: But Tinder India, there's a swadesi button also, so all your rightwing guys who get no action in real life, when they go on the Tinder rightwing version also they still get no action because no one… Abhinandan: Are you joking or you’re serious?Rajyasree: I’m kidding.Abhinandan: I was like “dude, are you serious?”. That’s intense.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss Ron Howard’s film Hillbilly Elegy; the Netflix reality series Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives; the trailer of Coolie No. 1, a remake of David Dhawan’s 1995 hit; RC Cola commercial and Tinder’s ad campaign 'In our Own Way'.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+189%3A+Emmy+Awards%2C+Boy+Erased%2C+Life+Ahead%2C+and+If+Anything+Happens+I+Love+You
access_time2 months ago
Timestamps00:01 - Introduction01:16 - Subscriber letters07:35 - Boy Erased18:04 - Subscriber letters21:34 - Bichhoo Ka Khel28:48 - Subscriber letters33:25 - The Life Ahead43:25 - Subscriber letters50:13 - Bingo ad controversy54:36 - Dollar Ultra ad1:00:55 - If Anything Happens I Love YouTalking about the children Madame Rosa, a holocaust survivor, takes care of while discussing The Life Ahead:Rajyasree: Tell me, a one-and-a-half-year-old will walk around without any assistance? Won’t they fall down?Abhinandan: It depends. Some may, some may not. I mean some of us started walking much later, but when we started Rajyasree: When did you start walking?Abhinandan: Maybe at two. Before that I was too fat to walk.Rajyasree: What rubbish, absolutely! I was walking at five months.Abhinandan: Yeah, you were born walking. You walked out of your mother’s womb  Rajyasree: I was writing a novel!Abhinandan: And said, “Hey doc, what’s up? I’m Rajyasree Sen. I’m cooler than anybody else. I am an expert on everything from plumbing to coding, so don’t mess with me!”Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Boy Erased and The Life Ahead; the TV series Bicchoo Ka Khel; the animated short film If Anything Happens I Love You; the 48th International Emmy Awards, and ad controversies. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+188%3A+Ludo%2C+Soorarai+Pottru%2C+and+The+Crown+Season+4
access_time2 months ago
Timestamps:00:00 - Introduction03:38 - Subscriber letters07:15 - Ludo26:41 - HP ad31:59 - LG ad34:38 - The Crown Season 445:50 - Subscriber letters47:57 - Soumitra Chatterjee58:06 - Facebook ad1:02:35 - Subscriber letters1:04:20 - Soorarai PottruWhile discussing a scene from Ludo, where six-year-old Mini's parents must choose between retaining their house help or keeping their pet dog:Abhinandan: The moral of the story is you must know how to cook.Rajyasree: That’s what! That’s why I cook, na, so that no one can… Abhinandan: That’s why I never tell anyone to pick anyone between that person and me because I know I’ll never be picked because I don't know how to cook.Rajyasree: Because I don’t know what quality contribution Yours will be to shout at the person.Abhinandan: That I can. I can offer that facility.Rajyasree: Different pitches you can do it in.Abhinandan: I can offer that facility. Regular yelling I can do.Rajyasree: And a few punches now and then also.Abhinandan: That I don’t indulge in but you can keep spreading rumours. But now the good thing is that you have such little credibility, no one believes in anything you say.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Ludo and Soorarai Pottru; Season 4 of the Netflix original The Crown; the works of Soumitra Chatterjee; and a lot more.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+187%3A+Laxmii%2C+First+Man%2C+and+Lucy+in+the+Sky
access_time2 months ago
Timestamps:00:00 - Introduction03:50 - Laxmii16:18 - Subscriber letters18:29 - First Man25:36 - Tanishq Diwali ad controversy29:09 - Senco Aham ad featuring Sourav Ganguly32:04 - Subscriber letters34:10 - Lucy in the Sky45:01 - Usha exhaust fan ad47:41 - Subscriber letters54:51 - Cadbury ad57:15 - Zomato adWhile talking about Lucy in the Sky:Abhinandan: Other than technology, it’s all become easier to go on the moon, Rajyasree Sen, because the moon now is closer than it was.Rajyasree: Oohhh! Is this your input? Because you did not watch either film.Abhinandan: So, every year the moon will get closer till [after] two and a half billion years, it will just smash into the earth. Do you know that?Rajyasree: But there will be no earth then, na? We’ll be like a rock because we’ll have killed everything on this earth.Abhinandan: Do you know that?Rajyasree: No, because I think you’re making it up now.Abhinandan: Ahh, you’re right! It was worth a try.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Laxmii, First Man and Lucy in the Sky; the Tanishq Diwali ad controversy; and various commercials.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+186%3A+The+Undoing%2C+Kaali+Khuhi%2C+Taish+and+Jump+Cuts
access_time3 months ago
Timestamps:00:00 - Introduction02:45 - Kaali Khuhi15:18 - Jump Cuts20:58 - Skore and Durex ads26:40 - Ford EcoSport ad27:21 - Subscriber letters29:39 - The Undoing39:31 - Subscriber letters42:18 - TaishTalking about the Ford EcoSport ad:Rajyasree: I wanted to buy an EcoSport. It’s a very expensive car, I want people to know.Abhinandan: Then you would have to put a ladder to get in.Rajyasree: Please, I got out of Scorpios and all so easily, as you’ve noticed.Abhinandan: You have to be pushed out and someone has to wait downstairs with a net so that you can fall into it.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Kaali Khuhi and Taish; HBO series The Undoing; Ajay Govind’s anthology short film Jump Cuts; and a lot more.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+185%3A+Borat+2%2C+The+Queen%27s+Gambit%2C+and+more
access_time3 months ago
Talking about Mirzapur Season 2:Rajyasree: Munna’s character is very important because… Abhinandan: Because he has no character.Rajyasree: He really has no character, he’s a horrible character.Abhinandan: That’s why it was funny. You don’t have to justify my joke, it was implicit in the joke.Rajyasree: No, no, you have to explain. Hindi cinema has taught me.Abhinandan: Making a joke in front of you is really like “Bhains ke aage been bajana”.Rajyasree: Now you’re calling me a bhains? I’ve told you don’t fat-shame all the time.Abhinandan: It’s a muhawra in Hindi.Rajyasree: Either you’re calling me black or you’re calling me fat, it’s so shameful to do this to a person.Abhinandan: Can we move on?Rajyasree: Obviously, because I’ll start crying otherwise.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Rebecca and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm; the web series The Queen's Gambit and Mirzapur Season 2; and Eros Now’s controversial Navratri ad campaign.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction01:51: Borat 215:00: Letters from listeners17:27: Rebecca29:15: Eros Now controversy32:36: Mirzapur Season 244:28: Letters from listeners47:33: The Queen's Gambit See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+184%3A+The+Trial+of+the+Chicago+7%2C+Scam+1992%2C+and+more
access_time3 months ago
While talking about the Oppo ad:Abhinandan: It ends with a line, “Let’s be the light in each other's lives.” So, on that note, Rajyasree, I have no idea what… Rajyasree: I’m the light in your life, you’ll have to admit. I’m not the light in your life? My name means light of the kingdom.Abhinandan: So nice. That kingdom of chudails you can go light up!Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Tamil anthology film Putham Pudhu Kaalai; web series Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story; the controversy surrounding the film 800; and a lot more.Tune in!PS: Abhinandan and Rajyasree go back in time to when they first watched DDLJ.Timecodes00:08: Introduction01:43: Letters from listeners04:32: The Trial of the Chicago 720:18: Ain’t No Peace by Akon23:12: Letters from listeners27:17: Putham Pudhu Kaalai35:08: Letters from listeners43:10: Scam 199257:55: Letters from listeners1:01:44: 800 controversy1:09:42: Google Nest and Oppo ads1:16:23: Letters from listeners See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+183%3A+Bad+Boy+Billionaires%3A+India%2C+Ginny+Weds+Sunny%2C+and+more
access_time3 months ago
While talking about Ginny Weds Sunny:Abhinandan: She's really good. Yami Gautam, I think…Rajyasree: Please ya, Abhinandan! She was not good at all in this.Abhinandan: You said your bit, na?Rajyasree: Arrey, but you can't be delusional. I don't want you to be, na?Abhinandan: You are completely allowed to be delusional. See! We do this podcast together for, I don't know how many 300 episodes, thinking people are listening at the other end. And these emails that we keep writing, pretending to be other people.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Ginny Weds Sunny; Netflix docuseries Bad Boy Billionaires: India; the Tanishq ad controversy; Vijay Devarakonda’s comments on democracy; and a lot more.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction01:38: Dollar Big Boss ad06:03: Google Shopping ad 08:20: Letters from listeners15:32: Ginny Weds Sunny27:17: Vijay Devarakonda’s comments 33:24: Letters from listeners35:43: Bad Boy Billionaires: India55:16: Letters from listeners1:04:05: Tanishq ad controversy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+182%3A+Serious+Men%2C+American+Murder%3A+The+Family+Next+Door%2C+and+more
access_time4 months ago
While talking about their favourite James Bond actors:Abhinandan: This was I think about eight or nine years ago. He’s much taller in person than he looks. He looks slight.Rajyasree: What do you mean, Abhinandan? He looks tall only.Abhinandan: He does? Acha, he doesn't look like…he’s a biggish guy. There was this guy with this white dhaadi (beard) and a white mooch (moustache) and with a shirt. He was pushing this pram and a lady was walking with him.Rajyasree: You thought they’d stolen a grandchild ?Abhinandan: I didn’t know who it was. My friend who was with me said that’s Pierce Brosnan. I looked and it was PIERCE BROSNAN, ya! I was like, “Now, what should I do?”Rajyasree: What did you do?Abhinandan: Nothing. I looked at him and continued walking.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Serious Men; true crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door; short film The Discreet Charm Of The Savarnas; Bond theme song No Time to Die by Billie Eilish; and Bigg Boss Season 14.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction02:40: Letters from listeners06:47: Serious Men23:55: Letters from listeners25:36: The Discreet Charm of the Savarnas34:15: Letters from listeners41:12: American Murder: The Family Next Door51:22: Letters from listeners54:43: Bigg Boss 1459:54: No Time To Die by  Billie Eilish See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+181%3A+Criminal+UK%2C+The+Meaning+of+Mariah+Carey%2C+and+more
access_time4 months ago
Talking about the Bhojpuri Rap ‘Bambai Main Ka Ba’:Rohit: Abhinandan, I’m not being a linguist because Bhojpuri is not my first language but it’s not Bambai Main Kaaba, it is Bambai Main Ka Ba.Abhinandan: Oh, I thought Kaaba.Rajyasree: Kaaba, as in the Islamic structure?Abhinandan: As Jagjit Singh said, “Kaabe se parda mat uthao varna wa bhi vahi ”Rohit: No, no, no! “Khuda ke waaste parda na kaabe se uthaa zaalim.”Rajyasree: Even that’s incorrect! Very good! Rohit: Oh, my God! Brilliant! So, we are on top of the things already.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri, Rajyasree Sen and Newslaundry subscriber Rohit Mehrotra discuss the series Criminal UK, PariWar, and Tehran; Manoj Bajpayee's Bhojpuri rap Bambai Main Ka Ba; Dua Lipa’s New Rules for Covid Dating; Ali Sethi’s Pehla Qadam; and Mariah Carey’s memoir.Tune in!Timecodes0:08: Introduction03:36: Bambai Main Ka Ba07:49: New Rules For Covid Dating by Dua Lipa14:42: Pehla Qadam by Ali Sethi19:44: Paar Chanaa De by Shilpa Rao and Noori29:34: Letters from listeners31:57: Criminal UK Season 238:01: PariWar49:13: Oppo ad #BeTheInfinite55:35: Cred Series1:00:55: Tehran1:07:08: The Meaning of Mariah Carey See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+180%3A+Cuties%2C+Emmy+Awards+2020%2C+and+more
access_time4 months ago
While talking about Paytm’s First Games ad:Abhinandan: I don’t know how this world works, Rajyasree. I just don’t know it.Rajyasree:  Oh my god! You have to go and live on that cliff, na, which you’ll push me off. You’ll build a hut on that cliff and become a recluse there. When I come to meet you, then you push me.Abhinandan: I don’t have to live there, I can just push you off and come back and live my normal life.Rajyasree: Oh, then life would be so much better, na? You wish!Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Cuties and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare; the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards; the table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High; and a whole lot more.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction02:12: Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare18:32: Fast Times At Ridgemont High table read23:57: Letters from listeners28:59: Pink Floyd vs Bee Gees mashup31:42: Emmy Awards37:46: Letters from listeners40:05: Paytm First Games ad45:20: Cuties See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+179%3A+The+Social+Dilemma%2C+Cargo%2C+and+more
access_time4 months ago
While talking about Wakaalat From Home:Abhinandan: You are basically indulging in shameless nepotism that you’re plugging your friend’s show on this very credible pop culture podcast So you are using it for nepotism. Kangana was right! I’m sure you’re also doing drugs in your spare time.Rajyasree: I’m doing drugs? Dedo na, drugs dedo. I’m telling everyone, no one’s giving only. Imagine me on drugs. God!Abhinandan: Can you imagine? Already you are so loopy, you shout, you don’t talk normally. We should do it as just an experiment to see Rajyasree: Just an experiment?Abhinandan: You’d be something else. You’d be like I don't know what.Rajyasree: Maybe I calm down? It’s sometimes the opposite effect.Abhinandan: No, no.Rajyasree: Or I just burst! There’d be a high and then I’ll collapse and that’s the end. You would’ve killed me off once and for all.Abhinandan: All the more reason we must try it.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the documentary film The Social Dilemma; 2019 film Cargo; Into The Wild With Bear Grylls featuring Akshay Kumar; web series Wakaalat From Home; and a lot more.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction02:31: The Social Dilemma12:40: Letters from listeners18:14: Into The Wild With Bear Grylls and Akshay Kumar27:06: Letters from listeners31:07: Wakaalat From Home32:57: Horlicks ad39:30: TRESemmé “racist” hair adverts44:45: Cargo54:28: Jaya Bachchan’s Parliament speech See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+178%3A+Bandish+Bandits%2C+I+May+Destroy+You%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
While talking about Bandish Bandits:Abhinandan: Rajyasree, sing one line of any song you want, just one.Rajyasree: No, now I don’t want to sing like that because you’ll get it doctored from the backend and make me sound bad. So, why will I do that?Abhinandan: You’re the crappiest singer ever and I must say that much as I have problems with the place you come from, Bongs have music in their blood. It is very rarely that you’ll come across a Bengali who is either not vocally trained or [doesn’t] play an instrument very well.Rajyasree: I play the piano very well.Abhinandan: You do nothing and stop lying.Rajyasree: No, no, I play the piano very well but I’ll sing one line of a song. “Saagar kinare dil ye pukare " See! You’re making me laugh. It’s off beat?Abhinandan: Dude, you're very bad, you shouldn’t try and sing. Okay, never mind. And don’t say that you can play the piano, your hands are too small to play the piano.Rajyasree: No, I play the piano. I can play Chopin (pronounced “Shoh-pan”, with a nasal “n”).Abhinandan: Ok, Chopin ki hogayi te pan.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the web series Bandish Bandits, Ramy and I May Destroy You; BBC Three Quickies’ sketch She’s Asking For It; the song Beyonse Sharma Jayegi; and a whole lot more.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction03:20: Letters from listeners06:26: Bandish Bandits17:33: I May Destroy You30:09: Letters from listeners34:44: Beyonse Sharma Jayegi43:44: She’s Asking For It45:59: Letters from listeners47:50: Ramy57:16: Letters from listeners1:08:03: Dream11 IPL 2020 ad1:10:55: Titan’s #LetsGetIndiaTicking campaign See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+177%3A+Masaba+Masaba%2C+Chadwick+Boseman%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
While talking about Sadak 2:Abhinandan: Suppose there was a tribe that caught us and they said, “We’ll kill you,” and we said, “No, please let us live.” They said, “Ok, you have to watch Sadak.” Even then I would think twice. You watched it when it was optional, no one was going to kill you.Rajyasree: If the tribe said this to me, I would say, “If I watch Sadak will you kill him [Abhinandan]?” Then I would watch Sadak. So, I would negotiate this way, do you understand?Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Sadak 2 and C U Soon; web series Masaba Masaba and A Suitable Boy; Oscar-winning short film The Neighbors' Window; Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman; and a whole lot more.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction01:29: Letters from listeners03:14: Sadak 211:55: The Neighbors’ Window19:03: A Suitable Boy36:05: Letters from listeners38:30: Masaba Masaba44:55: Letters from listeners48:07: Colgate commercial50:07: TFL cycling safety ad54:05: C U Soon56:46: Chadwick Boseman See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+176%3A+Class+of+%2783%2C+The+Man+from+Earth%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
Talking about The Man from Earth:Rajyasree: Because he doesn't age and after 10 years being in one place, he realises that people obviously know that he’s not aging. Then he keeps moving on. I know what Abhinandan says.Abhinandan: Why don’t you move then?Rajyasree: Why? You didn’t say, “Oh, then I should be moving.”Abhinandan: Why should I say that about myself? What do you think I am?Rajyasree: Everyone, Abhinandan thinks he looks 22 years old.Abhinandan: I don’t think I look 22. I’m just saying that when we went for a film, someone asked Rajyasree, “Brought your nephew for a film?”Rajyasree: He said that, huh?Abhinandan: “Accha! Tussi apne bhanje nu filme dekhne? So sweet of you!”Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Class of ‘83 and The Man from Earth; the Netflix documentary John Was Trying To Contact Aliens; and the biopic Joe Biden: Acceptable Under the Circumstances.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction04:07: Class of ‘8316:51: The Man from Earth33:03: Letters from listeners38:48: John Was Trying To Contact Aliens44:31: Letters from listeners50:14: Joe Biden: Acceptable Under the Circumstances. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+175%3A+Gunjan+Saxena%2C+Greyhound%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
While talking about Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl:Rajyasree: Also the change in behaviour, that commanding officer who takes her under his wing. The change in behaviour can’t happen because of one instance like Abhinandan: Not under the wing, under the rotor. If she was flying planes, it would be under the wing. But she’s flying helicopters which are under the rotor. Did you get it?Rajyasree: You’ll be under a truck wheel very soon if you carry on with your poor jokes.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and Greyhound; HBO series I Know This Much Is True; Pakistani web series Churails, and the Black Eyed Peas’ new song Action.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction02:41: Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl22:18: Letters from listeners27:36: Greyhound36:59: Letters from listeners40:41: I Know This Much Is True47:20: Churails59:35: Letters from listeners1:04:43: Action by Black Eyed Peas See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+174%3A+Pareeksha%2C+Richard+Jewell%2C+and+more
access_time5 months ago
While talking about Clint Eastwood’s movies:Abhinandan: Since I’m from the ‘70s generation, let me say a sexist line: “Humne bhi chudiyan nahi pehen rakhi hai.”Rajyasree: Now if no one writes mails on this, na? I’m going to be so disappointed.Abhinandan: That means people are unnecessarily attacking you and I get a free pass on all the shit that I say.Rajyasree: I crack a joke about something to do with my neighbouring state and everyone attacks me Abhinandan: And I say offensive things and yet I don’t get attacked.Rajyasree: That’s all I’m saying. I’m watching you guys. Y’all wait and watch now.Abhinandan: Wait and watch. She’ll kill me while I’m sleeping, guys. In case anything happens to me Rajyasree: You’ll be found with a rasgulla with a knife through it in your chest. Underneath I would have written, “Is this rasgulla from Bengal or is it from Orissa?”Abhinandan:  In case something happens to me Rajyasree: Oh! I can kill you by feeding you rasgulla because your sugar will just hype. Abhinandan: You can kill me in many ways.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Richard Jewell and Pareeksha, HBO series Run, Prabh Deep’s single Chitta, and a whole lot more.Tune in!PS. Rajyasree experiences something spooky during the recording. You can’t miss this! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+173%3A+Raat+Akeli+Hai%2C+Three+Identical+Strangers%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
While talking about Raat Akeli Hai:Rajyasree: I would not recommend it but if you all have time, you all should watch. What else is everyone doing? You’re sitting at home. Watch it.Abhinandan: You know only you are! Everybody is working by the way.Rajyasree: I’m working. I do three things Abhinandan: Then why do you assume “Since all of you are sitting home doing nothing. Abhinandan, you don’t watch anything, you’re sitting and doing nothing.” Why do you assume everybody’s sitting and doing nothing?Rajyasree: Why? I’m assuming people manage their time like I do. I cater, I do a full-time job, and I do this podcast and some other things.Abhinandan: Rajyasree, I think on January 26 you should get to ride on the elephant with the bahadur bachhas of India who salute the President.Rajyasree: You should make an elephant, na? Make a little statue over here. Abhinandan: Yeah, you can do that. Then you can congratulate yourself.Rajyasree: Nobody is congratulating me, I might as well congratulate myself.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Raat Akeli Hai and Lootcase, Netflix documentary Three Identical Strangers, Roger Federer’s new commercial for Barilla, and Nike ad You Can’t Stop Us.Tune in!Timecodes00:08: Introduction02:36: Three Identical Strangers10:21: Letters from listeners14:39: Raat Akeli Hai22:29: Letters from listeners27:30: Nike Ad30:17: Lootcase42:39: Barilla Ad See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+172%3A+Dil+Bechara%2C+Olivia+de+Havilland%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
While reading out a letter from a listener:Abhinandan: “As someone who is active in the field of theatre, Hamilton is sacred to me and I would've loved it had Abhinandan Sir, a former thespian himself, watched it.” So Rajyasree: She’s very young.Abhinandan: Have you passed out? Are you choking?Rajyasree: No, I’m choking so they’ll get me my smelling salts, I’ll be fine. But you must not use these words loosely.Abhinandan: I will be honest with you. Had bad acting been a crime, I would’ve got capital punishment based on one play that I did.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Dil Bechara, Netflix series Norsemen, documentary film A Suitable Girl, the death of Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, and a whole lot more.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
%23TheMediaRumble
access_time6 months ago
How dependent are journalists and film critics on access to power for their stories? Has the entertainment beat always been close to power structures – or have things improved/worsened?In this session of #TheMediaRumble -Dispatches, Abhinandan Sekhri is joined by Anupama Chopra, Mayank Shekhar, Ravina Rawal and Sowmya Rajendran to discuss this, and much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+171%3A+Indian+Matchmaking%2C+The+Arranged+Gay+Marriage+Scam%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
Abhinandan sharing his first acting experience in a play:Abhinandan: I didn't have dialogue, so I was just showing love with expressive eyes and my eloquent facial expressions. He [the director] said, “Okay, show love.” Then I was showing love and he said, “What are you doing?” I said, “I’m showing love!”Rajyasree: This explains why you’ve never gotten married because when you’re showing love, the person must be so confused, thinking, “Why is he so angry with me?”Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the Netflix series Indian Matchmaking; Vice Media’s documentary The Arranged Gay Marriage Scam; the trailer of upcoming miniseries A Suitable Boy; Arnab Goswami’s interview with Kangana Ranaut, and a whole lot more.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+170%3A+Hamilton%2C+Breathe%2C+and+more
access_time6 months ago
Talking about The Old Guard:Abhinandan: If Charlize Theron did an Alibaba film with Jack Ma Rajyasree: Hmm?Abhinandan: If she made an ad for Jack Ma and she played a thief in it, it would be called Alibaba and Charlize Chor.Rajyasree: Okay, we will get back to the film I was discussing so we cannot hear bad jokes.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the American musical drama Hamilton; Amazon Original series‎ Breathe; Sony Liv series Undekhi; Netflix film The Old Guard; and Apple and WhatsApp ads. They also talk about stand-up comedians apologising for hurting religious sentiments.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+169%3A+The+Saroj+Khan+Story%2C+Politician%2C+and+more
access_time7 months ago
Abhinandan’s version of how he and Rajyasree met:Abhinandan: I was shooting a documentary in Bengal actually. I was in the Sundarbans and late at night, I was going with my crew.Rajyasree: And? Chudail came?Abhinandan: Suddenly there was this [malicious laugh] and the whole crew ran off. I was like, what is this? Then suddenly she emerged.Rajyasree: And then?Abhinandan: Then I said I’m not scared because I’m a brave Punjabi with Tamil blood also. So I said, “I’m not scared.” She was impressed and then she said, “Will you give me a job?”Rajyasree: And when you came back, you brought a chudail with you. [Surprisingly] you didn’t say that I sat on a tiger and I came towards you.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss Season 2 of the Netflix series Politician; Saif Ali Khan’s comments on nepotism; documentary The Saroj Khan Story, and various commercials.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+168%3A+Bulbbul%2C+Disclosure%2C+and+more
access_time7 months ago
Talking about the film Bulbbul:Abhinandan: Rajyasree, I must say this Anvita Dutta Rajyasree: Ya?Abhinandan: Dutt, sorry. Dutta will be Punjabi!Rajyasree: No no, Dutta is Bengali also. I think the Punjabis have just stolen it from us because I know a Dutta who is Punjabi and his first name is Bengali. He said, “No, I’m Punjabi.” And I just felt that was strange.Abhinandan: He started saying, “No”? Like you start everything? You could have said, “He said, ‘I am Punjabi.’ Why is everything “no”?Rajyasree: Because you made me a negative person Nikku. Before I met you, I was a very upbeat, chirpy, positive person. I believed in good and happiness. Now, I just believe that we will all die and I will get Covid.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss Netflix offerings Bulbbul, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; documentary films Athlete A and Disclosure; and the cooking show Britannia Cheese Star Chef.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+167%3A+Kadakh%2C+Gippy+Grewal%2C+and+more
access_time7 months ago
Talking about Gippy Grewal’s new song:Abhinandan: Anyway, that was my review. What do you think of the song, Rajyasree Sen?Rajyasree: I rather reserve comment because I heard one minute of it and I said nothing is worth this. That’s what I felt.Abhinandan: You call me lazy for not watching stuff. Have you no shame?Rajyasree: No, I’ve learned from you. I’m following in the footsteps of the master.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Kadakh; 1948 psychological crime thriller Rope; Hotstar web series Aarya; Gippy Grewal’s new song Me & U; and Father’s Day ads. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+166%3A+Gulabo+Sitabo%2C+Sushant+Singh+Rajput%2C+and+more
access_time7 months ago
While talking about Gone with the Wind and Little Britain being removed from streaming services:Abhinandan: See, everything is in a spectrum. This equivalence of everything from Noddy being the same as Little Britain to be the same as this each of these are different specifically.Rajyasree: I have one more thing which I think but I’ll wait till you say yours and then I’ll say.Abhinandan: No, first you have to ask me what I think.Rajyasree: What do you think, Abhinandan? I’m scared!Abhinandan: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Gulabo Sitabo, Axone and Da 5 Bloods; the removal of Gone with the Wind and Little Britain from streaming services; P&G ad The Choice, and the life of Sushant Singh Rajput.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+165%3A+Chintu+Ka+Birthday%2C+Choked%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
Talking about the mountaineers Edmund Hillary and George Mallory:Abhinandan: He’s the one who made that line famous, “Because it’s there.” Have you heard that line?Rajyasree: It is why I also went mountaineering because it was there.Abhinandan: This is Mallory’s line. I think it is the coolest line in history ever.Rajyasree: Ever!Abhinandan: I use it all the time. Why did you eat that ice cream? Because it’s there! Why did you eat that cake? Because it’s there!Rajyasree: That’s why you have diabetes.Abhinandan: That also because it’s there.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Chintu Ka Birthday, Chippa and Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai; the child abuse helpline awareness video; the life and works of the filmmaker Basu Chatterjee; the second death anniversary of the chef Anthony Bourdain; and MAD magazine artist Al Jaffee’s retirement. Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+164%3A+Space+Force%2C+Listen+to+her%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
Taking off from a discussion on Nandita Das’s short film Listen to Her and talking about poor parenting:Abhinandan: That was another episode of how to do parenting by two people who have no children.Rajyasree: I have to say something. When people say this to me, I was also a child and I turned out to be a pretty decent adult.Abhinandan: Stop, stop spreading rumors, this is a credible show, please!Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the Netflix offerings Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich and Space Force; Nandita Das’ Listen to her; and Kent RO Atta & Bread Maker ad.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+163%3A+Untouchable%2C+Betaal%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
While talking about Betaal:Abhinandan: Rajyasree, you know you should not take this lightly. When your co-host is motivated after he has been ridiculed by his audience, who said I haven’t watched anything, the next week he goes back and watches a film, a series, two ads. He does his homework, he comes and does a great show.Rajyasree: I was very impressed!Abhinandan: And then his horrible co-host — who should just jump off a building and fall on concrete — tells him to watch such films. Do you know how demotivated I get? Why should I watch anything? You wasted two hours, you know how busy I am?Rajyasree: You saw only one episode, I watched two episodes.Abhinandan: Dude, I watched all four. I can tell you what the end scene is. Do you know what the end scene is?Rajyasree: Everyone just shoots their brains out because they couldn't believe they have to do this?Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Ghoomketu; documentary film Untouchable; Netflix series Snowpiercer, Evil Genius, and Betaal; Madhuri Dixit’s debut single Candle; Salman Khan’s sanitiser brand; and the new Nike commercial.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+162%3A+Defending+Jacob%2C+Navratna+Tel%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
Wrapping up the show:Abhinandan: We shall watch a few more things. So Rajyasree: Will you?Abhinandan: I will. I’ll be diligent!Rajyasree: Rubbish! This is one episode. Every 12 episodes you watch stuff. But it’s ok.Abhinandan: So, there was an article on the World Economic Forum page about how during the lockdown Rajyasree: How Abhinandan is misunderstood.Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Kaamyaab; Amazon Prime series Paatal Lok; miniseries Defending Jacob; and the new commercials for Budweiser, Navratna Tel and Tata Motors.Tune in! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep+161%3A+Paatal+Lok%2C+Rocketman%2C+and+more
access_time8 months ago
In this episode of The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap, Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Rocketman, Amazon Prime Original series Paatal Lok, the New Horlicks ad, and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome.

PS: This episode was recorded live. So, watch and enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fySfxmJtMqM&t=58s
Ep+160%3A+Irrfan+Khan%2C+Mrs+Serial+Killer%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
Reading an email sent by Newslaundry subscriber Siddharth Wagh:

Abhinandan: Siddharth writes. “I like the fact that you strive to learn from your diverse set of listeners which is essential to making this podcast as memorable 20-30 years hence.” Rajyasree Sen, 20-30 years hence, when people listen to this podcast, what do you think they will say?

Rajyasree: What a well informed woman she was and this fool just kept interrupting her by saying, “Oh, you have watched that also?”

Abhinandan: So, you think we’ll be alive in 20-30 years?

Rajyasree: Yeah, I think so.

Abhinandan: Okay, if you say so.

Rajyasree: I’ll look like J Lo then.

Abhinandan: I’ll still be SOLO. Get it, ’cause I’m single. Are you understanding my puns

Rajyasree: Yeah, they’re so difficult to get, na!

Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.

This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films Mrs Serial Killer and Extraction; Netflix series Hollywood; Shah Rukh Khan’s singing; TikTok’s new ad campaign; and the lives and works of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor.
Ep+159%3A+After+Life%2C+The+Platform%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
Talking about The Crooner Sessions:

Rajyasree: Gary Barlow of Take That who I used to love absolutely

Abhinandan: Ooh, Take That was that band na, what was it, that song of theirs that was a big hit.

Rajyasree: (Singing) Take me back for…I’m not singing it!

Abhinandan: I haven’t heard that. At least what you just sang.

Rajyasree: (Humming the song) Like you know what I mean.

Abhinandan: Rajyasree, it’s not that you are a bad singer. You’re terrible!

Rajyasree: No, no, I will sing that song. Come on

Abhinandan: Okay, remain charitable. Don’t torture our listeners.

Rajyasree and Abhinandan burst out laughing.

This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss films The Platform and Portrait of a Lady on Fire; Netflix series After Life; Apple TV’s Home Before Dark; docuseries The Last Dance; and Aarogya Setu ad film.
Ep+158%3A+Hasmukh%2C+Four+More+Shots+Please%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
Abhinandan: Rajyasree has finally watched Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Four weeks late as usual, unlike me, who watched it the first week.

Rajyasree: I watched it four weeks late because you fought with me and then you went and saw many films without me. So I was left all alone, with no one to watch cinema with. Then I had to wait for Amazon to put it up, got a subscription, and then watched it. It’s very difficult.

Abhinandan: (Unable to control his laughter) Unsurprisingly, I’m your only friend.

Rajyasree: You are using the word very loosely over here!

Rajyasree, Abhinandan and Nidhi burst out laughing.

This and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome as Abhinandan Sekhri, Rajyasree Sen, and Newslaundry subscriber Nidhi Raichand discuss the films Sergio and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan; Amazon Prime series Four More Shots Please; Netflix series Hasmukh; Salman Khan’s Pyar Karona; The Case of The Missing Hit; Usha sewing machine ads.
Ep+157%3A+Angrezi+Medium%2C+Unorthodox%2C+and+more
access_time9 months ago
Talking about Andrea Bocelli’s Easter Sunday performance.

Abhinandan: There was this phenomenal performance by Balotelli.

Rajyasree: I’m sorry, what’s his name Abhinandan?

Abhinandan: Andrio Balotelli.

Rajyasree: (Unable to control her laughter) No, Andrea Bocelli!

Abhinandan: The Balotellis are football players, you fool. You don’t even know that. Anyway, he gave a free concert. He apparently is a world renowned…umm…singer of…ok now Rajyasree, you never stop talking and now you’ve gone all quiet.

Rajyasree: Because I’m waiting to hear what you’re going to say.

Rajyasree bursts out laughing.

Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the film Angrezi Medium; the Netflix drama Unorthodox; public service announcements by the Mumbai police; 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome.
Ep+156%3A+Money+Heist%2C+Maska%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
Talking about Netflix’s Money Heist.

Goonj: It is a very entertaining show, theek hai. Bas baat yeh hai ki it’s not tight. So, thodi patience rakhni padti hai.

Abhinandan: (Attempting 80s Bollywood drunk man impersonation): Toh beta, thoda tight ho kar ye show dekho. Ek large lagakar tight ho jao, fir yeh show bhi tight lagne lagega.

Abhinandan, Goonj, and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri, Rajyasree Sen, and Newslaundry subscriber Goonj Mohan discuss films Maska and Trance; Netflix drama Money Heist; Amazon Prime series Panchayat, and some public service campaigns by Bollywood celebrities, among other things awful and awesome.
Ep+155%3A+Genda+Phool%2C+Tiger+King%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
Talking about Tiger King and Joe Exotic’s conviction.

Rajyasree: So, I read about Joe Exotic in January, when he was convicted for 22 years.

Abhinandan: Couple of things, Rajyasree Sen. He has not been convicted for 22 years. He has been convicted of attempted murder, or whatever. He has been sentenced to 22 years. You are not convicted in the duration of years or months, you are convicted for a crime, and the sentencing is in the unit of time measurement.

Rajyasree: What would I do without you, Abhinandan.

Abhinandan: Probably a really mediocre podcast.

Rajyasree: So funny!

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the movies Contagion and The Expendables 3; Netflix’s documentary series Tiger King, and Badshah’s Genda Phool, among other things awful and awesome.

PS: Apologies for the sound quality. We are working on improving it.
Ep+154%3A+She%2C+Bloodride%2C+and+more
access_time10 months ago
Talking about how it is recording The Awful and Awesome from home.

Rajyasree: So, we have taken this social distancing thing very seriously and we have put like seven miles between us, instead of six feet. What is it supposed to be?

Abhinandan: It depends.

Rajyasree: What did Modi ji want us to do?

Abhinandan: In your case, it will be two feet. It has to do with how tall you are. It is directly proportional to your height.

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the movie Cold War, Netflix originals She and Bloodride, Narendra Modi, Sonu Nigam, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, among other things awful and awesome.

PS: Apologies for the sound quality. We are working on making it better.
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While discussing Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye, Rajyasree recounts her experience at a vet’s where a man had come carrying a gun.

Rajyasree: He had a holster. With a gun in it….

Abhinandan: (Laughing) In case they have to shoot the dog?

Rajyasree: No! So, I just turned and told the dog’s owner why he had brought a gun there? “Who are you going to shoot?” Then I thought in Gurgaon you shouldn’t. He will just shoot you and say, “Ha Ha Ha…”

Abhinandan: Happy spring. Holi Hai!

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the movie Guilty; Amazon Prime original Pushpavalli; ALTBalaji’s Mentalhood; Narendra Chanchal’s Kitho Aaya Corona, Baba Sehgal’s Coronavirus Sey Bachney ka Indian Tareeka.
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Talking about XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Abhinandan: I remembered Deepika Padukone had done that, so I knew she would come in at some point.

Rajyasree: For 10 seconds.

Abhinandan: Dude, no! She has a very major role after that bald guy, what’s his name?

Rajyasree: She’s cleaning his house.

Abhinandan: Matlab, Asian can only be maids. You know you’re so racist. You’re a misogynist. A racist. You’re like antifeminist. You’re like a bad person.

Rajyasree: Unlike other racists who are good people?

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the movie Jojo Rabbit; commercials for Parle G and Facebook; music videos Dilli Wali, Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi and Aika To The Baika; and Woody Allen’s memoir.
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Describing Brooke Bond Red Label’s new TV commercial.

Rajyasree: It’s raining and they are stuck in traffic, and then

Abhinandan: Suddenly Anu Malik enters and starts singing, Dekho barish ho rahi hai. It’s raining. It’s raining. Mera dil ro raha hai.

Rajyasree: And then Alisha Chinai runs by…

Abhinandan and Rajyasree: And fir happy Women’s Day.

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the movies Thappad and Devi; Netflix series Taj Mahal 1989; trailer of Rohit Shetty's upcoming film Sooryavanshi; and ads for Brooke Bond Red Label and Slice.
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Talking about Flipkart Original, Zindagi inShort.

Abhinandan: So they are all women-centric basically

Rajyasree: Yeah!

Abhinandan: So, Rajyasree Sen, films made on women are women-centric. So, if you made a film on former lovers, would they be called ex-centric (pun intended).

Rajyasree: No, but this is why you have so many former lovers. You crack these shitty jokes and they leave you.

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the films 1917, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdan, Parasite & Hair Love; Amazon Original Series Afsos; Flipkart Original Zindagi inShort; and Tata Trusts' public service commercial #TwoBinsLifeWins.
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Abhinandan: This pursuit of fame. The not being able to deal with not having it anymore. The feeling of inadequacy if you are leading a regular life. You know, where you get home and go to sleep, watch TV and play carrom with your child, do something. People I don’t think value that. Rajyasree Sen, zindagi isi ka naam hai. Ye shor sharaba, tamasha, ye sab, it’s fleeting. It’s like sand in the palm.

Rajyasree: But what if my palm is a big palm and I can hold the sand.

Abhinandan: Bhai, tum toh itni lalchi ho, you’re like the sand mafia of Punjab that kills reporters.

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the movies Shikara and Snowpiercer, Valentine’s Day commercials for Burger King and Netflix, and trailers for upcoming films The French Dispatch and Angrezi Medium.
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Talking about the movie Judy.

Abhinandan: I don’t think you should be so judgemental, Rajyasree Sen. I’ve seen you’re very harsh on people when you are judging them

Rajyasree: Unlike you?

Abhinandan: No, dude I don’t do this. Kya pata kiske kya circumstances hai. Never something something unless you have walked a mile in someone's shoes. Aisa kuch muhavara hai

Rajyasree: But some shoes I don’t want to walk in!

Abhinandan: Just as well. Maybe, people don’t want to give you their shoes, they just want to give you a slipper

Abhinandan and Rajyasree burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Rajyasree Sen discuss the Oscars, the Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, Swag Se Solo featuring Pepsi’s new brand ambassador Salman Khan, Rocket Mortgage’s Super Bowl commercial and films like Parasite, Ad Astra, Judy and Uncut Gems, along with a whole lot of stuff, both awful and awesome.
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Talking about Gwyneth Paltrow’s product line.

Tanvi: It ranges from ashwagandha to vibrator necklaces. So it’s a

Abhinandan: Sorry, what necklaces?

Tanvi: Vibrator necklaces.

Abhinandan: So, it keeps your throat in shape like cough syrup or what?

Tanvi: No, no, no. It’s like a necklace with a vibrator as a pendant. So, you know, just in case you need a vibrator.

Abhinandan: Oh, like that!

Abhinandan and Tanvi burst out laughing.

This and a lot more as Abhinandan Sekhri and Newslaundry subscriber Tanvi Shetty discuss the films Parasite and The Gentlemen, Netflix shows What The Love and The Goop Lab, Mumbai police’s new ad campaign, LAVA’s public awareness commercial, and a whole lot of other stuff awful and awesome.
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