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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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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!Timecodes00:08: Introduction02:16: Dil Bechara10:31: Letters from listeners16:32: Norsemen25:46: Letters from listeners37:29: A Suitable Girl54:52: Olivia de Havilland1:01:05: Letters from listeners01:12:49: Today Tea ad01:13:40: Amitabh Bachchan’s blogpost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (16)

Ajay Chaudhary

One of the best podcasts on entertainment, pop culture and many other things, not more for the reviews but the overall entertainment quotient.

Apr 29th
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Pratap Nair

Gr8 funny episode 😃😃👍

Feb 13th
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Siddhesh Hirlekar

rajshree should have been in this one when abhinandan would have been blushing throughout thanks to his encounter with deepika.

Jan 10th
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Bhargavi Chandrashekar

Parineeti Chopra's contract for "Beti Bachao Beti Badho" had ended in April 2017, WAY BEFORE CAA 2019 Came into existence.

Dec 26th
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Pratap Nair

Good fun episode

Dec 25th
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Bhargavi Chandrashekar

Pose is available to stream on both Hotstar Premium and Netflix in India.

Dec 18th
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Bhargavi Chandrashekar

It's "ɡal ɡaˈdot" not Gal Gado.

Dec 14th
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Apurva Mehta

Prakash was boring as hell. Perhaps the only episode of TA&A where I got thoroughly bored and was literally waiting for the eposide to end, so that I could end my walk and go home.

Dec 12th
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Pratap Nair

Absolute fun episode

Nov 28th
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Phillip J. Fry

congrats on the award for the best podcast!

Nov 20th
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Pratap Nair

This is truly the best podcast. This week Rajyashree was missed.

Nov 14th
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Phillip J. Fry

I believe that Kumbalangi Nights is a great movie. As an entertaining, original and quite well performed movie. Not sure about the politics. Seems like what a "Film Critic" would look at in a movie. You may have also lost something in the language but I enjoyed the movie and found it refreshing.

Sep 13th
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Siddhesh Hirlekar

gotta love the banter!

Jul 19th
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