Sarit Ray

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

Articles by Sarit Ray

In Jakarta? Try the taxi on two wheels

In Jakarta, beat the dense traffic as a pillion rider, but make sure you grab a mask and a handkerchief for the journey
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)
Updated on Oct 11, 2019 06:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

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

Mukti Bhawan is a heightened culmination of Benares, a last leap of faith for the unquestioning believer. Here’s our movie review.
Mukti Bhawan is set in Benares.
Mukti Bhawan is set in Benares.
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 11:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

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

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.
Published on Mar 31, 2017 06:02 PM IST
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Poorna is an incredible story, beautifully told: Review by Sarit Ray...

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.
Updated on Apr 25, 2018 11:17 AM IST
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Phillauri is a spirited attempt that soon loses steam, says Sarit Ray

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.
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).
Published on Mar 24, 2017 03:43 PM IST
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Gadget review: Hero5 Black, the best GoPro yet

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
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)
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 02:53 PM IST
By, Mumbai

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

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
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)
Updated on Mar 17, 2017 04:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

A flawed nostalgia: Mantra review by Sarit Ray

Yes, we all have fond memories of Uncle Chipps. But most of us can’t relate to the troubles of a wealthy ’90s businessman.
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.
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 11:34 AM IST
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A twist in the tale: Badrinath ki Dulhania review by Sarit Ray

What happens when the feisty girl stays feisty? Love meets feminism for a new kind of rom-com.
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.
Updated on Mar 10, 2017 05:44 PM IST
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The evolution of Nandana Sen

Not many actors who turn authors do so convincingly. Nandana Sen is an exception
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)
Updated on Feb 18, 2017 08:01 AM IST
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Courtroom melodrama: Jolly LLB 2 review by Sarit Ray

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.
Published on Feb 10, 2017 03:43 PM IST
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Courtroom melodrama: Jolly LLB 2 review by Sarit Ray

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.
Updated on Feb 17, 2017 06:33 PM IST
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Mumbai’s nightclubs are making a comeback. But can they last?

But can it fight the cheap chain bars, and the early closing orders?
The party went on all night. And Mumbai could dance.(Photo: Shurtterstock)
The party went on all night. And Mumbai could dance.(Photo: Shurtterstock)
Updated on Feb 09, 2017 05:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySarit Ray and Poorva Joshi, Mumbai

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

The route will take the young cyclists through the historic Fort area
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)
Updated on Feb 06, 2017 02:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

Girls from Mumbai NGO, Kranti, staged a skit at Lakme Fashion Week 2017’s unlikeliest show. Do other brands need to take a cue?
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)
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 11:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

Settle down with some popcorn. The weekend is here.
The Inbetweeners.
The Inbetweeners.
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 03:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPoorva Joshi and Sarit Ray, Mumbai

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

“I can’t tell my mom I’m 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)
Updated on Feb 11, 2017 07:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

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.
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.
Updated on Apr 16, 2017 11:54 AM IST
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These are the spots where you can access free WiFi in Mumbai

Which train stations and bus stops near you have public WiFi? Check this interactive map
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)
Updated on Jan 24, 2017 09:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

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

It’s a bit slow, a bit ho-hum. But as disaster movies go, there’s enough to keep you interested.
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.
Published on Jan 20, 2017 05:02 PM IST
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When my world changed: How I stumbled into Presidency College

Journalist Sarit Ray remembers his time at the college.
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)
Updated on Jan 19, 2017 11:13 PM IST

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

Inside the (plastic) head of Princess Pea. And why she’s pro-burkha
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)
Updated on Jan 19, 2017 04:56 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Brands have used money to tame fashion bloggers: Suzy Menkes

India’s place on the global fashion map, nudity, and the reign of Instagram bloggers
Suzy Menkes at The Taj Hotel, Mumbai, India(Aalok Soni/HT)
Suzy Menkes at The Taj Hotel, Mumbai, India(Aalok Soni/HT)
Updated on Jan 13, 2017 02:42 PM IST
By, Mumbai

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

We pick the best of book, series and films for you to watch every fortnight
BBC’s popular show, Sherlock, is back.
BBC’s popular show, Sherlock, is back.
Updated on Jan 07, 2017 04:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySarit Ray and Poorva Joshi, Mumbai

2016 in comics: The death of molecular gastronomy

The excesses of molecular gastronomy made way for simple, home-cooked, wholesome food
Updated on Dec 30, 2016 06:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySarit Ray and Shreyanshi Pandey, Mumbai

Gadget review: Bose QC35 Bluetooth headphones

Audio’s big boy just entered the wireless arena. But can Bose do Bluetooth without compromising on quality and noise-cancellation?
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)
Updated on Dec 20, 2016 07:14 PM IST
By, Mumbai

First look: Inside Mumbai’s first Playboy Club

Disco lights, dance floor, super loud music: It’s a throwback to the 2000s
The bar at Playboy Club(Photo courtesy: Playboy Club)
The bar at Playboy Club(Photo courtesy: Playboy Club)
Updated on Nov 07, 2016 01:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil review: Been there, seen that

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.
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.
Updated on Oct 28, 2016 05:59 PM IST
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31st October review: Soha Ali Khan’s film is dead on arrival

This could have been an important film. Instead, it’s just an opportunity squandered.
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.
Updated on Oct 22, 2016 01:57 PM IST
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Saat Uchakkey review: Poor man’s Ocean’s Eleven

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.
Saat Uchakkey releases on October 14.
Saat Uchakkey releases on October 14.
Updated on Oct 14, 2016 08:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
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