Newslaundry Podcast

The aliens have landed, Shah Rukh Khan has redefined therapy, Pakistani women are saying "Beat Me" --  so much to dissect, so little time. This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen discuss Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi, the trailer of  Martin Scorsese’s Silence and two short films. Tisca Chopra is the star of Chutney, according to Sen and Pal.


Find out what they thought of Wes Anderson's ad for H&M, titled Come Together. Pal has much to say about Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, which is being tipped to be an Oscar favourite. Plus, there's the UN Women Pakistan’s ad Try To Beat Me, I Am Unbeatable. Trigger warning: the discussion on Memories of a Machine concerns the topic of child sex abuse. All this is  discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful & Awesome Entertainment Wrap.



Up your pop culture game with a little help from these two critics. And as always, there's a question at the end of the podcast, This time we changed our style of asking the question, so keep your ears perked. Send your answers and comments to


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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty round up. This week on Just Sports, they discuss who was the greater midfielder--Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard or Paul Scholes? José Mourinho's latest meltdown; aren't they occurring a little too often? And finally, we have a new Formula 1 racing champion, Nico Rosberg. Talking about F1, is it fair that it's a team and individual sport? Can both be managed together? How does it work? All this and more discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports.

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The Indore Patna Express train tragedy is one of the worst rail accidents India has suffered, with 146 lives lost and many injured. Should there have been more news on this rather than demonetisation? Should the Indian Railways not face more heat from the media? Kanchan Gupta, Commissioning Editor & Commentator, ABP News, joins us for this episode of Hafta, with Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Deepanjana Pal, Anand Ranganathan and Manisha Pande. Gupta and Sekhri disagree on the Right’s view of Trump. We also discuss demonetisation and why Gupta believes economists should not be allowed into corridors of power. Trehan offers her take on Rajdeep Sardesai’s exclusive ‘interview’ with Congress' Sonia Gandhi. Should a journalist agree for an interview with restrictive pre-conditions? Also in this Hafta: nostalgia from Trehan and Gupta, jokes from Sekhri, and disagreements between Gupta and Ranganathan. Finally, this time, the panel has article and book recommendations. And of course, a very special song, inspired by Dr. Subhash Chandra's love for "Rabinder Sangeet".

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Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen are back with their weekly entertainment roundup. This week, Pal and Sen go from concert to movie to a Netflix series, to a cooking show with Zarine Khan and finally to ads that make them go hmm. Amit Gurbaxani, co-founder and chief editor of The Daily Pao, is a special guest on the show and he's got all the details of how Global Citizens Festival India went. Heard of Brown Nation, the new Netflix show on Indians in America? Neither Pal nor Sen enjoyed it much. And of course, there's a whole lot about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, JK Rowling's first film as a screenwriter and a return to Potterverse. Listen to find out what is the best pet in these demonetised times, Sonu Nigam's new "musical narration" on the currency ban, and how not to take your work home (Jack Jones and Ranveer Singh, we hope you're listening). And as always, we have a question for you as well. Listen up, and send us your comments and answers to

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their sporty round up. This week on Just Sports, they discuss how sportsmen are held to a different standard of behaviour given the hue and cry after Wayne Rooney gatecrashed a wedding. Does Andy Murray deserve to be the number one after his most recent win? And finally PV Sindhu has become the new poster girl for badminton, leaving Saina Nehwal behind. All this and more, discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports.

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This week we are joined by journalist Vivek Kaul who is also the author of the three-part series Easy Money. We discuss demonetisation, and Sekhri seems convinced that Modi's mother standing in a queue of a bank, was a photo-op. We also talk about Vijay Mallya's loan being written off; Mamta and Kejriwal's rally against demonetisation and the big fat wedding of Janardhan Reddy's daughter. And look out for an interesting song dedication to Modi in the end.

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Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen have a special guest this week - Abhinandan Sekhri. The three of them take on the controversial PayTM ads with their "drama band karo. PayTM karo" slogan. Talk about the insensitivity towards the adverse effects of demonetisation on common folk. And...discuss the new talent (?) that Pal noticed while surfing television- Ananya Birla, who's the daughter of...wait for it... Kumar Mangalam Birla. Talk about diversifying one's options. Sekhri expresses his disappointment with Rock On 2, despite loving the first one. And finally, the the great line up of American satire and talk show hosts, like Stephen Colbert, Conan O'Brien, Samantha Bee and Bill Maher, and how they coped with Trump's victory. Plus, there's a little bit of the lovely John Cleese too.
And of course, in the end, we have a question for you. Listen up and send us your comments and answers at
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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with yet another episode of Just Sports and this week they discuss the latest India vs England test match series, the first match of which India almost lost. Although the match ended in a draw, Khan and Puri wonder if Indian batsmen can handle spinners. While Khan thinks Quinton de Kock is the best wicketkeeper/batsman like Dhoni, but Puri feels that he still needs some work in the wicketkeeping department. Apart from that, both Khan and Puri think that hooliganism in football has been increasing and the idea of hosting the next world cup in Russia is a terrible one. All this and more discussed and dissected on this episode of Just Sports.

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It's a very special episode of the Hafta because for the first time, we turned on both microphones and camera this week when novelist Chetan Bhagat joined us in the Newslaundry office. 

(If you missed yesterday's Facebook Live with Hafta, you can watch it here.) 

Lest you think video killed the podcast star, never fear, there's a lot more than 37 minutes to this week's edition of Hafta. Listen up as Bhagat joins Madhu Trehan, Abhinandan Sekhri, Deepanjana Pal, Manisha Pande, Anand Ranganathan, as they tackle an eventful week. And given Bhagat began his life as a banker -- with Goldman Sachs, no less -- the much-loved novelist was actually the perfect person to discuss demonetisation with. He's even got some hacks for those of you wondering what to do with your old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. (Spare a thought for poor Ranga Uncle, who did the rounds of seven banks and was left with one Rs 100.) 

And for entertainment in these otherwise grim times, Manohar Parrikar has suffered another attack of foot-in-mouth disease. Also, there's the NDTV India and, of course, the man of the moment: America's President elect, Donald J Trump. 

Listen up for jokes, insight and of course, the song at the end. 

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Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen have watched a whole lot of television this week. Koffee with Karan, with Alia Bhatt and ShahRukh Khan, had Pal rolling her eyes and Sen a little worried about Khan's multiple orgasms.​
​There's another Star show that's got our critics' attention: P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke, which is director Nikhil Advani's take on the Emmy-winning series, Homeland. Except who took away Carrie Mathison and turned her into a bearded Major Vikram Singh. Also on Indian televisions, the second season of Love School is here and Sen has watched it, especially for you. Across the waves that Britannia once ruled, there's the new Netflix series The Crown. Find out why Pal found it meh and why Sen loves it. 
And of course, in the end, we have a very interesting question for you as well. Listen up, and send us your comments and answers to
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