Sarit Ray

Sarit Ray

Sarit edits the Mumbai weekend supplement, HT48Hours (ht48hours.in), reviews films, and writes on lifestyle.

Articles by Sarit Ray
Bike taxis are a popular and inexpensive way to negotiate Jakarta’s busy traffic(Sarit Ray)
Bike taxis are a popular and inexpensive way to negotiate Jakarta’s busy traffic(Sarit Ray)

In Jakarta? Try the taxi on two wheels

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 06:55 PM IST
In Jakarta, beat the dense traffic as a pillion rider, but make sure you grab a mask and a handkerchief for the journey
Mukti Bhawan is set in Benares.
Mukti Bhawan is set in Benares.

Mukti Bhawan movie review: A brilliant tale of human life (and death)

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 11:42 AM IST
Mukti Bhawan is a heightened culmination of Benares, a last leap of faith for the unquestioning believer. Here’s our movie review.
Rahul Bose’s strength as a director lies in keeping it real. For once, the bare, dusty village feels like a bare, dusty village.
Rahul Bose’s strength as a director lies in keeping it real. For once, the bare, dusty village feels like a bare, dusty village.

Poorna is an incredible story, beautifully told: Review by Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2017 06:02 PM IST
This film tells the true story of a teen from a Telangana village who became the youngest girl to ever scale Everest. And it does so without veering into either melodrama or cynicism.
Rahul Bose’s strength as a director lies in keeping it real. For once, the bare, dusty village feels like a bare, dusty village.
Rahul Bose’s strength as a director lies in keeping it real. For once, the bare, dusty village feels like a bare, dusty village.

Poorna is an incredible story, beautifully told: Review by Sarit Ray...

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 11:17 AM IST
This film tells the true story of a teen from a Telangana village who became the youngest girl to ever scale Everest. And it does so without veering into either melodrama or cynicism.
Young Kanan, played by Suraj Sharma, is a manglik. So naturally, he has to marry a tree first. Then the tree is chopped down, and it turns out it was haunted by a beautiful, 100-year-old ghost (Anushka Sharma).
Young Kanan, played by Suraj Sharma, is a manglik. So naturally, he has to marry a tree first. Then the tree is chopped down, and it turns out it was haunted by a beautiful, 100-year-old ghost (Anushka Sharma).

Phillauri is a spirited attempt that soon loses steam, says Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2017 03:43 PM IST
The first half is funny and on point, but then it starts to drag and, quite oddly, turns into a sob story set in another time.
The Hero5 Black cuts down on the number of accessories(courtesy gopro.com)
The Hero5 Black cuts down on the number of accessories(courtesy gopro.com)

Gadget review: Hero5 Black, the best GoPro yet

By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2017 02:53 PM IST
Outstanding 4K video quality, voice commands, and death to the waterproof case. The GoPro Hero5 Black might be the best action camera out there right now
Actor, writer and director Rajat Kapoor at his Bandra office(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Actor, writer and director Rajat Kapoor at his Bandra office(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Actor-director Rajat Kapoor on why he won’t adapt Shakespeare to film

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2017 04:06 PM IST
The actor-director speaks on what drives him to make cinema for a small, intelligent audience. And why Shakespeare’s plays don’t work on-screen
Kapil Kapoor plays Rajat Kapoor, whose company, King Chips, is going bankrupt. Through his story, director Nicholas Kharkongor seeks to document the turmoil of the post-liberalisation years.
Kapil Kapoor plays Rajat Kapoor, whose company, King Chips, is going bankrupt. Through his story, director Nicholas Kharkongor seeks to document the turmoil of the post-liberalisation years.

A flawed nostalgia: Mantra review by Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2017 11:34 AM IST
Yes, we all have fond memories of Uncle Chipps. But most of us can’t relate to the troubles of a wealthy ’90s businessman.
It falters in places, gets a bit preachy, but all in all, the Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt starrer is clever and commendable.
It falters in places, gets a bit preachy, but all in all, the Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt starrer is clever and commendable.

A twist in the tale: Badrinath ki Dulhania review by Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2017 05:44 PM IST
What happens when the feisty girl stays feisty? Love meets feminism for a new kind of rom-com.
Nandana Sen, actor and daughter of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2013.(Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Nandana Sen, actor and daughter of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2013.(Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)

The evolution of Nandana Sen

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2017 08:01 AM IST
Not many actors who turn authors do so convincingly. Nandana Sen is an exception
Akshay Kumar is Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly, a maverick junior lawyer who has no qualms about breaking the rules.
Akshay Kumar is Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly, a maverick junior lawyer who has no qualms about breaking the rules.

Courtroom melodrama: Jolly LLB 2 review by Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2017 03:43 PM IST
LLB 2 is brilliant as long as it stays out of the courtroom. Inside, it becomes implausible, melodrama illogical.
Akshay Kumar is Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly, a maverick junior lawyer who has no qualms about breaking the rules.
Akshay Kumar is Jagdishwar Mishra aka Jolly, a maverick junior lawyer who has no qualms about breaking the rules.

Courtroom melodrama: Jolly LLB 2 review by Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2017 06:33 PM IST
LLB 2 is brilliant as long as it stays out of the courtroom. Inside, it becomes implausible, melodrama illogical.
The party went on all night. And Mumbai could dance.(Photo: Shurtterstock)
The party went on all night. And Mumbai could dance.(Photo: Shurtterstock)

Mumbai’s nightclubs are making a comeback. But can they last?

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray and Poorva Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2017 05:09 PM IST
But can it fight the cheap chain bars, and the early closing orders?
Young cyclists participates in a heritage cycle ride as part of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, in Mumbai on Sunday.(Arijit Sen/HT)
Young cyclists participates in a heritage cycle ride as part of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, in Mumbai on Sunday.(Arijit Sen/HT)

HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: A history ride for cycle-loving kids

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2017 02:05 PM IST
The route will take the young cyclists through the historic Fort area
A member of Mumbai NGO Kranti performs at the Lakme Fashion Week 2017 at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai on February 2.(Prodip Guha/HT Photo)
A member of Mumbai NGO Kranti performs at the Lakme Fashion Week 2017 at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai on February 2.(Prodip Guha/HT Photo)

When girls from Mumbai’s red-light area took the stage at Lakme Fashion Week

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2017 11:56 AM IST
Girls from Mumbai NGO, Kranti, staged a skit at Lakme Fashion Week 2017’s unlikeliest show. Do other brands need to take a cue?
The Inbetweeners.
The Inbetweeners.

We recommend: Here’s our binge-watching guide to the weekend

Hindustan Times | By Poorva Joshi and Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2017 03:53 PM IST
Settle down with some popcorn. The weekend is here.
The QAM Mumbai Pride March at August Kranti Maidan on January 28, 2017(Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)
The QAM Mumbai Pride March at August Kranti Maidan on January 28, 2017(Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

Mumbai Pride March: LGBT supporters share their hopes for the future

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2017 07:23 AM IST
“I can’t tell my mom I’m here”
Raees is fast-paced but it also feels like 20 episodes squeezed into three hours.
Raees is fast-paced but it also feels like 20 episodes squeezed into three hours.

Raees movie review: Shah Rukh Khan is the Indian Pablo Escobar

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2017 11:54 AM IST
Raees is fast-paced but it also feels like 20 episodes squeezed into three hours. In that, plots and characters are often left without rhyme or reason. It’s like a film racing on skates.
Is there public WiFi spot around you? Find out with our map(Satish Bate/HT)
Is there public WiFi spot around you? Find out with our map(Satish Bate/HT)

These are the spots where you can access free WiFi in Mumbai

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2017 09:23 AM IST
Which train stations and bus stops near you have public WiFi? Check this interactive map
The Crew is the first Russian film in 10 years to get a commercial release in India, but it’s nothing to write home about.
The Crew is the first Russian film in 10 years to get a commercial release in India, but it’s nothing to write home about.

New plane, old route: The Crew review by Sarit Ray

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2017 05:02 PM IST
It’s a bit slow, a bit ho-hum. But as disaster movies go, there’s enough to keep you interested.
Presidency University has completed its 200 years of educational journey since 1817 and will celebrate the bicentenary throughout the year 2017.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
Presidency University has completed its 200 years of educational journey since 1817 and will celebrate the bicentenary throughout the year 2017.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

When my world changed: How I stumbled into Presidency College

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2017 11:13 PM IST
Journalist Sarit Ray remembers his time at the college.
From the series, Sunrise Ceremonies, by Gurgaon-based anonymous artist Princess Pea (more images below)(Princess Pea; courtesy Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai)
From the series, Sunrise Ceremonies, by Gurgaon-based anonymous artist Princess Pea (more images below)(Princess Pea; courtesy Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai)

Princess Pea: Meet Gurgaon’s anonymous champion for women’s causes

By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2017 04:56 PM IST
Inside the (plastic) head of Princess Pea. And why she’s pro-burkha
Suzy Menkes at The Taj Hotel, Mumbai, India(Aalok Soni/HT)
Suzy Menkes at The Taj Hotel, Mumbai, India(Aalok Soni/HT)

Brands have used money to tame fashion bloggers: Suzy Menkes

By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2017 02:42 PM IST
India’s place on the global fashion map, nudity, and the reign of Instagram bloggers
BBC’s popular show, Sherlock, is back.
BBC’s popular show, Sherlock, is back.

We recommend: 3 new TV series you need to start watching

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray and Poorva Joshi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2017 04:14 PM IST
We pick the best of book, series and films for you to watch every fortnight

2016 in comics: The death of molecular gastronomy

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray and Shreyanshi Pandey, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2016 06:05 PM IST
The excesses of molecular gastronomy made way for simple, home-cooked, wholesome food
Bose comes out with its first wireless headphones. They look and feel premium(Photo: boseindia.com)
Bose comes out with its first wireless headphones. They look and feel premium(Photo: boseindia.com)

Gadget review: Bose QC35 Bluetooth headphones

By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2016 07:14 PM IST
Audio’s big boy just entered the wireless arena. But can Bose do Bluetooth without compromising on quality and noise-cancellation?
The bar at Playboy Club(Photo courtesy: Playboy Club)
The bar at Playboy Club(Photo courtesy: Playboy Club)

First look: Inside Mumbai’s first Playboy Club

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2016 01:38 PM IST
Disco lights, dance floor, super loud music: It’s a throwback to the 2000s
Once you stop being impressed by the new-age, liberated millennial shtick, you see the set-up for what it is: just another make-believe Johar-verse, where rich, good-looking people party every night, live in fancy apartments, and don’t bother with mundane things such as having jobs.
Once you stop being impressed by the new-age, liberated millennial shtick, you see the set-up for what it is: just another make-believe Johar-verse, where rich, good-looking people party every night, live in fancy apartments, and don’t bother with mundane things such as having jobs.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil review: Been there, seen that

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2016 05:59 PM IST
The film has its moments, as Johar’s films always do. But Ranbir’s role is a mash-up of characters we’ve already seen. Everyone’s done this before.
The film tells the story of a Sikh family caught in the crosshairs as Delhi burns after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
The film tells the story of a Sikh family caught in the crosshairs as Delhi burns after Indira Gandhi’s assassination.

31st October review: Soha Ali Khan’s film is dead on arrival

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2016 01:57 PM IST
This could have been an important film. Instead, it’s just an opportunity squandered.
Saat Uchakkey releases on October 14.
Saat Uchakkey releases on October 14.

Saat Uchakkey review: Poor man’s Ocean’s Eleven

Hindustan Times | By Sarit Ray, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2016 08:27 PM IST
What if Ocean’s Eleven was set in the narrow lanes of Old Delhi? What if, instead of the suave, sophisticated Danny Ocean and Rusty Ryan, you had good-for-nothing Dilli laundas in charge of a heist? The sort who while away their days doing odd jobs or not very much at all, try to hit on neighbourhood girls, crack lewd jokes, and swear twice per sentence.
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