Desis.Live Weekly Bollywood Show

Desis.Live Weekly Bollywood Show

We review, critique, discuss movies, shows & series for the North American Audience

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January 22, 2022 40 min

Miraal and Shriya break it down this week with reviews of a movie and two series.

We start with #Eterrnals on @disney+ where now they must get their OG band back together. This is because of “global earthquakes” and the reemergence of the baddies Deviants, who are back from the dead with the vengeance of cosmic proportions.

We also review #Human playing on the @hulu/@disneyplushotstar platform of Disney where Dr. Gaur...

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This week it was a mixed bag but all of them had actors of desi origin and that's why we picked them up!!
@SonyLIV’s nine-episode The Whistleblower highlights the Vyapam scam i.e the mass-scale rigging of admission exams and recruitment procedures for medical colleges and sundry government jobs organized and overseen by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board, or the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam).

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This week we had a riot, we have a disagreement and we have a lot of fun !! Shriya watched and reviewed Pushpa- because of Allu Arjun. Streams on #AmazonPrimeVideo

We absolutely loved Humble Politician Nograj that streams on #Voot.
Nograj of One Big Party, and Krishna Gundu Bala aka Gundu aka KGB of Most Secular Party both desire to become chief minister. Nograj will let KGB win if he changes his name to Balu and buys three legislato...

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Happy New Year folks!
We start the year with Season Three of our podcast series
Listen to the reviews of last week of releases while you're on the go with our podcast.

This week we reviewed Matrix Resurrections streaming on @hbomax, Riz Ahmed's Encounter streaming on Amazon Prime.

We also review #AtrangiRe which is streaming on @hulu and #83thefilm that is in theaters.

Our reviews can be viewed on our YouTube Channel and...

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This week it was raining series. And we had a tough time watching them for you in time to post - so that being the delay .

Also, Shriya is having a fab time in India and we are missing her.

However, @netflix's Aarya is not to be missed as per Miraal but Scott disagrees.

#Aranyak on @netflix  was fab and Mirall completely loved it. She found her revenge ideas in @Zee5's #QatilHaseenaonKeNaam and is looking out for a...

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Last week Scott and Miraal reviewed two big star movies that were released in theaters - #Antim ( launching Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and John Abraham's nationalist jingbang -#SatyamevJayate in its second edition with not one but 3 Johns.
We also watched and reviewed a good story on #hulu called #Cash which is actually some intelligent writing effort and then the kinda horror kinda haunting #Chhorii which wa...

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November 23, 2021 33 min

Tesher is a household name today after two international hit songs.. This kid from Regina, Saskatchewan in Canada is influenced by his Indian heritage. Growing up listening to Indian as well as Western hip hop music, Tesher began to fuse Bollywood and hip-hop songs together and create mashups from a young age
The story of Hitesh Sharma becoming Tesher is here to stay.
Hear him speak with us on this pod.

Download at podcast.desis.live
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Rajiv Satyal is a Los Angeles-based comedian/host who performs regularly at all the major LA comedy clubs and has been featured on/in Amazon, NBC, NPR, Nickelodeon, Netflix, GQ, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, and Advertising Age. He has shared a stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Tim Allen, Russell Peters, and Sebastian Maniscalco.

Satyal has 12 videos with over 100,000 YouTube views each, including I ...

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A former national spelling bee champion struggles to live up to her potential in 'Definition Please,' a fresh American take on Bollywood tropes from writer-director Sujata Day. In writer-director Sujata Day’s debut feature Definition Please, the lead character Monica Chowdry is a college grad who still lives at home with her mother. A former national spelling bee champion, she now finds herself tutoring a new generation of ...

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Aafat-E-Ishq’ is a definitive hybrid genre at new-age storytelling making it difficult for us to fit it into a box. The beauty of such an inventive narrative is that it brings a new age story making to the forefront of Indian cinema.

There is nothing run-off- the- mill here so a lot of traditional critics will find it hard to digest yet the adaptation of a Hungarian story to a small-town Indian format is the brilliance of the plot....

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Rushi Kota is no stranger to the world of movies and shows in Hollywood. Rushi Kota is in the new Netflix Award-Winning, and the global hit show "Never Have I Ever," created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. Kota plays the role of Prashant in the series.

Most familiar to fans as Dr. Vik Roy on ABC/Shonda Rhimes hit drama "Grey's Anatomy" and "Grey's Anatomy B-Team"
Kota's mother brought him to Ameri...

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Rianjali started singing when she was just 6. Her father, a well-known Bengali singer made sure she grew up listening to music all her life! She started taking classical Indian music classes and then picked up the guitar when she was 14 or 15 years old. She went to LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which really changed her life. It was a very tough school where she was surrounded by all kinds of music an...

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This week was a fun review session. Apart from an Indian American production, India Sweets and Spices which saw a US release, we also had in queue Bunty Aur Babli 2 , the second coming of the story of cons Bunty and Babli who pull cons on people and help the needy ( of course).
Both movies were in theaters

We also reviewed @netflix's #Dhamaka where @kartikAaryan really made one huge explosion of a story execution.

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Neha Sharma is smart, vivacious, and absolutely effervescent but when she slips into the skin of Lallo, she embodies the insecurities of the character she plays with great finesse.

We caught up with Neha and spoke to her about getting into the character's skin and her understanding of this character who is both naive and incisive. We talk about Lallo's unaffected simplicity; lacking in worldly wisdom which sets the stage for...

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We caught up with tennis superstar Mahesh Bhupathi about his new docudrama called BreakPoint that streams on the @zee5 platform about his estranged relationship with his tennis partner Leander Paes.
Many reasons for the professional split between Paes and Bhupathi are still unclear, but the two abruptly ended their relationship in 2006, following their doubles gold win at the Asian Games in Doha that year, where Paes also won mi...

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Ajitpal Singh is an anomaly. A writer and a director with an eye for the extraordinary, he is known for Fire in the Mountains (2021), Rammat-Gammat (2018), and Hummingbird (2018).

His newest offering Tabbar on SonyLIV stars Pavan Malhotra and Supriya Pathak besides newcomers Paramvir Cheema and Sahil Mehta and veteran Ranvir Shorey

His ability to remain laser-focused on creating a portrayal of a family in crisis.

Essaying the journey...

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We caught up with Geeta Malik, the Writer and Director of India Sweets and Spices, probably the first movie about Indian Americans to be released in mainstream theaters.

The story is about Alia's family as she comes back home from college for the summer. The Indian Americanisms strike. In between Parle G biscuits, paneer pakoras, and samosas- the Aunties strike.

The movie is a slice of life about finding purpose and being true to...

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We review two movies and a series this week. Starting with @amazonprimevideo's Jai Bhim, Shriya absolutely loved it, for its depiction of the class struggle.
We reviewed the fabulous Kay Kay Menon @hulu series Special Ops 1.5 and loved aspects of it cuz hey it's Kay Kay.
We also reviewed 2zee5's Squad.
pretty busy huh?
Well as we say, we watch 'em so you don't have to. 
Have a lovely listen and tell us what ...

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This week we reviewed one show and two movies. Here is where we tell you to fasten your seat belts cause the flutter of big theatre action movies for the rest of the year begins.
We watched the show One Mic Stand on Prime and absolutely loved it in parts. Hear our review.
Sooryavanshi in theaters with Katrina swaying to Tip Tip was a treattttttttttttt all the way!!
A master class in how to make blockbusters from Rohit Shetty.
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This week we had an onslaught of releases. We reviewed Aafat-e-Ishq, an adaptation of the award-winning Hungarian film Liza, the Fox-Fairy. It is an idiosyncratic fantasy dark comedy about a naive 30-year-old, Lallo (Neha Sharma), who wants to find the love of her life before she grows too old to marry. We thoroughly enjoyed the fantasy play. It streams on Zee5usa with an ensemble cast that is totally brilliant in their execution. ...

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