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Khabardaar is a Hindi language podcast discussing Bollywood movies. Hosted by lifelong Bollywood fans Aparita Bhandari and Baisakhi Roy, it offers an in-depth look at the Hindi film industry.
Sep 17, 2023
#104 TIFF 2023: Critics Roundtable
Episode 104: TIFF 2023: Critics Roundtable - With Aseem Chhabra
Sep 12, 2023
#103 TIFF 2023: Days 4,5
Episode 103: TIFF 2023 - Days 4,5
Sep 10, 2023
#102 TIFF 2023: Kiran Rao
Episode 102: TIFF 2023 - Kiran Rao
Sep 9, 2023
#101 TIFF 2023: Day 3
Episode 101: An update from TIFF 2023 - Day 3
Sep 7, 2023
#100 TIFF 2023: Day 1
Episode 100: An update from TIFF 2023 - Day 1
Jun 28, 2023
#99 TIFF 2022: Kapil Sharma
Episode 99: An interview with Kapil Sharma, star of Nandita Das' Zwigato.
Dec 20, 2022
#98 TIFF 2022: Vinay Shukla
Dec 6, 2022
#97 TIFF 2022: Critics' Roundtable
Episode 97: Aseem Chhabra, Namrata Joshi and Aditya Shrikrishna join Baisakhi and Aparita for a TIFF 2022 round-up.
Sep 13, 2022
#96 at TIFF 2022
Episode 96: At TIFF 2022
Sep 4, 2022
#95 Indian Sports Films
Episode 95: Indian Sports Films
Aug 28, 2022
Episode 94: Darlings
Jun 20, 2022
#93 Kuch Different Hai!
Episode 93: Kuch Different Hai!
Feb 22, 2022
#92 in Memoriam: Lata Didi
Episode 92: In memory of Lata Mangeshkar.
Nov 15, 2021
#91 TIFF 2021
Episode 91: A coversation with Indian film critics Aseem Chhabra, Namrata Joshi, Shubhra Gupta and Suparna Sharma on TIFF 2021.
Aug 5, 2021
Episode 90: A look at Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Toofan and Pa. Ranjith's Sarpatta Parambarai.
Jul 12, 2021
#89 Haseen Dillruba
Episode 89: A look at Haseen Dillruba, starring Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey.
Jun 29, 2021
Episode 88: A look at Amit Masurkar's Sherni, starring Vidya Balan.
Jun 20, 2021
#87 the Disciple
Episode 87: A look at The Disciple, by Chaitanya Tamhane.
Mar 9, 2021
#86 Kabir Khan's 83
Episode 86: We discuss the upcoming Hindi film 83 with Rahul Desai, whose opinions on Indian cinema and cricket are insightful and a delight to read.
Feb 15, 2021
Episode 85: A look at Mismatched - a Netflix series based on the YA novel When Dimple Met Rishi.
Jan 5, 2021
#84 AK vs AK
Episode 84: A look at AK vs AK - starring Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap.
Dec 22, 2020
#83 Abhay Deol
Episode 83: A look at the films of Abhay Deol -- Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dev.D and Shanghai.
Dec 8, 2020
#82 Rangeela Re
Episode 82: A conversation with Vandana Vishwas and Vishwas Thoke on the famous SD Burman and Gopaldas Neeraj song Rangeela Re.
Nov 24, 2020
#81 Catch Up Session
Episode 81: Baisakhi and Aparita are back, and catch up on films and shows they watched.
Aug 17, 2020
#80 Female Desire in Bollywood
Episode 80: A look at female desire in Bollywood, with a special guest - Suparna Sharma.
Jul 29, 2020
Episode 79: A look at the Netflix Original film Bulbbul.
1 hr 8 min
Jul 15, 2020
#78 Gulabo Sitabo
Episode 78: A look at Gulabo Sitabo.
Jun 29, 2020
#77 Sushant Singh Rajput
Episode 77: A look at the films of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Jun 14, 2020
#76 Never Have I Ever
Episode 76: A look at Mindy Kaling's Netflix show Never Have I Ever.
1 hr 4 min
May 9, 2020
#75 in Memoriam
Episode 75: Remembering Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor.
May 2, 2020
#74 Irrfan Khan
Episode 74: A tribute to Irrfan Khan.
Apr 25, 2020
#73 Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
Episode 73: A look at Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao.
Apr 17, 2020
#72 R. D. Burman
Episode 72: A look at the music of Bollywood composer R. D. Burman with Ed Hanley, co-artistic director of Toronto band Autorickshaw.
Mar 11, 2020
#71 Bonus: Saloni Gaur
Episode 71 (Bonus): For this Filmi Funde segment, a chat with Saloni Gaur - a social media star whose riffs on Kangana Ranaut's current affairs hot takes have become viral.
Mar 3, 2020
#71 Kangana Ranaut
Episode 71: A look at Kangana Ranaut, the Bollywood actress who makes news for her antics on and off the screen.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 23, 2020
Episode 70: A look at Chhapaak, Meghna Gulzar's film inspired by acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal and starring Deepika Padukone.
Jan 10, 2020
#69 Occupy Gateway
Episode 69: Reflections from Occupy Gateway.
Dec 28, 2019
#68 NYE Special
Episode 68: To ring in the New Year, Aparita and Baisakhi each choose a film they'd want to re-watch on their TV screens.
Dec 21, 2019
#67 Article 15
Episode 67: At a time when many Indians and those in the diaspora have taken to the streets to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), we look at Anubhav Sinha's Article 15.
Dec 14, 2019
#66 Mausaji's Musical Memories
Episode 66: A conversation with Aparita's mausaji Bhaskar Khulbe, a Hindi film song lover.
Oct 27, 2019
#65 TIFF 2019 Wrap Up
Episode 65: A conversation about some of the other films and documentaries we watched at Toronto International Film Festival 2019, including Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator; Made in Bangladesh and Bombay Rose.
Oct 18, 2019
#64 TIFF 2019 Moothon
Episode 64: A conversation with Geetu Mohandas, Nivin Pauly, Roshan Mathew, Shashank Arora and Shobhita Dhulipala, who brought Moothon to the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.
Oct 2, 2019
#63 TIFF 2019 the Sky Is Pink
Episode 63: A conversation with Shonali Bose, Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar, who brought The Sky Is Pink to the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.
Sep 25, 2019
#62 TIFF 2019 Jallikattu
Episode 62: A conversation with Lijo Jose Pellissery, one of the directors leading the 'New Generation' of Malayalam cinema. Pellissery brought his latest film Jallikattu to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Sep 18, 2019
#61 TIFF 2019 Critics Roundtable
Episode 61: A conversation with India's leading film critics and writers on the South Asian selection and other remarkable films at 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Sep 11, 2019
#60 TIFF 2019 Teaser
Episode 60: Aparita and Baisakhi are at TIFF 2019, and give you an update on films they have watched so far.
Sep 3, 2019
#59 on Vidya Sinha
Episode 59: In this episode, a tribute to Vidya Sinha and the modern Hindi film heroine in Rajnigandha and Chhoti Si Baat.
Aug 26, 2019
#58 on Kashmir
Episode 58: In this episode, a look at how Kashmir has been portrayed in Bollywood and Hindi films over the years.
Aug 21, 2019
#57 Jabariya Jodi
Episode 57: In this episode, a conversation with Sanjeev K Jha, the writer of Jabariya Jodi.
Jul 31, 2019
Episode 56: In this episode, a look at Ivan Ayr's debut film Soni. During its debut at Venice International Film Festival, Soni received praise from critics and audiences alike for telling a compelling story about two Indian female police officers.
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 55: In this episode, a look at Deepa Mehta's Netflix series Leila. We talk about its origins as a book by journalist-turned-author Prayaag Akbar, and why a dystopian series set in India doesn't seem to be too far from present day reality.
Jul 3, 2019
#54 Kabir Singh
Episode 54: In this episode, despite our better judgement, a look at Kabir Singh. The Hindi remake of the Telugu sleeper hit Arjun Reddy is a bonafide Bollywood blockbuster. We try to understand why this misogynist film has struck a chord with viewers.
Jun 23, 2019
#53 Luka Chuppi
Episode 53: In this episode, a look at Luka Chuppi. Starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, this was the latest Hindi film to explore live-in relationships.
Jun 17, 2019
#52 Girish Karnad Legacy
Episode 52: In this episode, we pay tribute to veteran playwright, actor, writer and thinker Girish Karnad - who played a starring role both in art house and commercial Hindi/Indian cinema.
Jun 9, 2019
#51 Pt. 2 Photograph
Episode 51 Pt. 2: A special short corollary - Toronto filmmaker Gursimran Datla's analysis of Ritesh Batra's new film Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.
May 29, 2019
Episode 51: In this episode, a look at Ritesh Batra's new film Photograph, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra.
May 13, 2019
Episode 50: In this episode, we record live on location at the IFFSA (International Film Festival of South Asia) Toronto. We talk about one of the opening films Bhonsle.
May 5, 2019
Episode 49: In this episode, we unpack our feelings about Kalank, the multi-starrer film featuring Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt among others.
Apr 26, 2019
#48 Super Deluxe
Episode 48: In this episode, a look at Thiagarajan Kumararaja's sophomore film Super Deluxe, starring an ensemble cast that includes Vijay Sethupathi, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil, Mysskin, Ramya Krishan, Gayathrie and Ashwanth Ashok Kumar.
Apr 19, 2019
Episode 47: In this episode, a look at Govind Nihalani's cult classic Party, starring an ensemble cast of some of the best Indian theatre and art-house actors such as Deepa Sahi, Manohar Singh and Rohini Hattangadi.
Mar 22, 2019
#46 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
Episode 46: In this encore presentation, a look at Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, directed by Vasan Bala, starring Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan and Gulshan Devaiah.
Mar 13, 2019
#45 Made in Heaven
Episode 45: Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, co-written by Alankrita Shrivastava, and co-directed by Nitya Mehra and Prashant Nair, Made In Heaven is an Amazon Prime Video series that uses the backdrop of the 'Big Fat Indian Wedding' to talk about the social realities of India.
Feb 25, 2019
#44 Gully Boy
Episode 44: Gully Boy brought the sounds of Mumbai's gullies to the big Bollywood screen. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the movie featured A-list stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and a team of formidable supporting actors. Together, they brought to life a story based on the lives of Indian rap stars Divine and Naezy.
Feb 11, 2019
#43 Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Episode 43: Aparita Bhandari watched Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga with Queer South Asians and Allies of Toronto (QSAALT). A conversation with its members after watching the movie.
Feb 4, 2019
#42 Arjun Reddy
Episode 42: A look at the influence of Telugu cinema on Bollywood, and a discussion of the sleeper hit Telugu film Arjun Reddy.
Jan 27, 2019
Episode 41: A debate on whether Uri: The Surgical Strike, starring Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal among others, is a jingoistic film - or not.
Jan 22, 2019
#40 Manikarnika - The Queen's Last Salute
Episode 40: A conversation with author Moupia Basu on her book The Queen's Last Salute, which is partially inspired by the story of Rani Laxmibai. Basu's book covers much of the same ground as Kangana Ranaut's latest film Manikarnika.
Jan 13, 2019
Episode 39: We have lots to talk about when it comes to Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh's collaboration in Simbaa. While the movie had many fun elements, tacking on a serious issue like rape to a Shetty style masala movie didn't sit well with us.
Jan 6, 2019
Episode 38: We watched Zero, the big budget Anand L. Rai extravaganza starring Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, alongside top-billing female leads Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. The movie didn't impress us much; but then neither did Race 3 or Thugs of Hindostan earlier in 2018. So, this episode features our experience of watching Zero, followed by a discussion on the relevance of Bollywood's Khan triumvirate.
Dec 23, 2018
Episode 37: In this special episode, a conversation with celebrated Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan about his latest work Vivek/Reason.
Dec 16, 2018
Episode 36: In this episode, a look at Stree. This horror-comedy film starring Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurrana, Abhishek Banerjee and Pankaj Tripathi was a sleeper hit, telling an unusual story of an evil female spirit who kidnaps men.
Dec 9, 2018
#35 Badhaai Ho
Episode 35: In this episode, a look at Badhaai Ho, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao and Surekha Sikri. Although Hindi films typically centre around its younger stars, Badhaai Ho featured stand-out performances by the senior artists, stealing scene after scene, in a film that broached the topic of parental sex with gentle humour and tons of grace.
Dec 2, 2018
Episode 34: A look at Sriram Raghavan's body of work that leads up to his latest film, AndhaDhun - starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte.
Nov 24, 2018
#33 Bollywood Romcoms
Episode 33: We are back to our regular programming! In this episode, inspired by the Netflix hit To All The Boys I Loved Before, Aparita and Baisakhi pick their favourite contemporary Bollywood romcom aimed at young people.
Nov 4, 2018
#32 Bollywood #MeToo
Episode 32: In this special episode, a conversation with Janice Sequeira, a former broadcast journalist and entertainment reporter, about Bollywood's leading role in India's #MeToo movement.
Oct 7, 2018
#31 TIFF Manto
Episode 31: A conversation with Nandita Das, who brought her second feature film Manto to TIFF 2018.
Sep 26, 2018
#30 TIFF Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
Episode 30: Our second TIFF-related episode features a conversation with Vasan Bala and Abhimanyu Dassani, the director and star respectively of Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, aka The Man Who Feels No Pain.
Sep 19, 2018
#29 TIFF Critics Roundtable
Episode 29: We kick off our TIFF-related episodes with a critics rountable. One of the world's best known film festivals, Toronto International Film Festival has long been a friend to Hindi and other Indian films. This year, along with the films, came a contingent of Indian film critics. We had a chance to speak with four of them about their thoughts on TIFF 2018.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 11, 2018
#28 TIFF 2018 Teaser
Episode 28: In this special episode, a teaser from TIFF 2018. One of the world's best known film festivals, Toronto International Film Festival has long been a friend to Hindi and other Indian films. This year was no different, with films such as Manto, Manmarziyaan and Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota headlining the roster.
Sep 5, 2018
#27 Bhavesh Joshi Superhero
Episode 27: Bhavesh Joshi Superhero is Vikramaditya Motwane's latest feature film, and stars Harshvardhan Kapoor among an ensemble cast of stellar character actors. Inspired by the superhero/vigilante figures from graphic novels, Motwane tells a contemporary tale that also serves as an origin story of a homegrown Indian superhero/vigilante.
Aug 24, 2018
Episode 25: Karwaan is an offbeat addition to Bollywood's genre of road trip movies. Starring Dulquer Salmaan, Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar, it follows the unusual friendship that evolves between three seemingly disconnected people.
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 24: A look at Dhadak, a Hindi film adaptation which launched Bollywood progeny Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar, but downplayed the issue of caste raised in the original Marathi film Sairat.
Aug 10, 2018
#23 Varun Grover
Episode 23: A conversation with Varun Grover, the Indian National Award winning lyricist, writer and stand-up comedian.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 1, 2018
#22 Sacred Games
Episode 22: Netflix India original series Sacred Games has been getting lots of acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saif Ali Khan in main roles, alongside a stellar supporting cast, it is directed by Hindi cinema heavyweights Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap.
Jul 27, 2018
#21 Gopal Das Neeraj Songs
Episode 21: In this special episode, a conversation with documentary filmmaker, writer and critic Paromita Vohra on the Hindi film songs legacy of renowned poet Gopal Das Neeraj.
Jul 18, 2018
#20 Film Critics: Shubhra Gupta and Aseem Chhabra
Episode 20: In this special episode, a conversation with Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta and Bollywood biographer Aseem Chhabra.
Jul 11, 2018
#19 on Sanjay Dutt
Episode 19: In this special episode, Yasser Usman talks about his unauthorized biography of Sanjay Dutt, and we meet one of the star’s biggest fans in Toronto.
Jul 4, 2018
Episode 18: Sanju purports to give audiences the true story of Sanjay Dutt, told straight by Sanjay baba himself, warts and all - no intermediaries or anonymous sources. Why is the film so superficial then?
Jun 27, 2018
#17 Lust Stories
Episode 17: After Bombay Talkies (2013), four famous Bollywood or Hindi cinema directors - Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar - come together to make a Netflix special, a four film anthology called Lust Stories.
Jun 20, 2018
#16 Veere Di Wedding
Episode 16: Veere Di Wedding shows girls can have fun and make a box-office hit too! Starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam K. Ahuja, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania.
Jun 13, 2018
#15 7 Din Mohabbat In
Episode 15: Pakistani stars Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar Siddiqui talk about their latest film 7 Din Mohabbat In.
May 23, 2018
Episode 14: Starring Alia Bhatt, Raazi shines a spotlight on the true story of an unlikely female spy.
May 16, 2018
#13 Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
Episode 13: Are Luv Ranjan films such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety misogynistic? Aparita and Baisakhi debate in two episodes.
May 9, 2018
#12 Pyaar Ka Punchnama
Episode 12: Are Luv Ranjan films such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety misogynistic? Aparita and Baisakhi debate in two episodes.
May 2, 2018
#11 Shakespeare Wallah
Episode 11: A look at Tungrus, a contemporary Indian documentary, and Shakespeare Wallah, the Merchant Ivory classic starring Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal and Madhur Jaffray.
Apr 25, 2018
Episode 10: Shoojit Sircar’s latest film October contemplates the journey of Dan (Varun Dhawan) as he comes to appreciate his life while facing his colleague Shiuli’s (Banita Sandhu) brush with death.
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 9: Starring Sanam Saeed and Aamina Sheikh in leading roles, Asim Abbasi’s debut film Cake steps away from the traditional formula of Pakistani films.
Apr 11, 2018
Episode 8: Irrfan Khan’s latest film Blackmail has been billed as a dark comedy. Early reviews also called it a satire on marriage. Aparita and Baisakhi discuss whether the movie truly lives up to the potential of its premise.
Apr 4, 2018
#7 Farooq Sheikh
Episode 7: A special episode on Farooq Sheikh. With Baisakhi Roy away on vacation, Aparita Bhandari looks at the work of the veteran Bollywood actor, beloved by his fans, who died of a heart attack on 28 December 2013.
Mar 28, 2018
Episode 6: Hichki marks the return of Rani Mukherji in the role of a teacher with Tourette Syndrome. After a round of Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar and Filmi Khabrein, we discuss how disability has been portrayed in Bollywood films in our main segment Bollywood Behes.
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 5: In our fifth episode, we look at Pyaasa, a cult classic Bollywood film. After a round of Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar (The Pyaasa Edition) and Filmi Khabrein, we discuss what makes Pyaasa such an iconic Hindi film as part of our main segment Bollywood Behes.
Mar 14, 2018
Episode 4: In our fourth episode, we look at Pari and Bollywood’s latest take on the horror film genre. After a round of Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar (The Horror Edition) and Filmi Khabrein, we discuss how Pari fits into the Bollywood horror films tradition as part of our main segment Bollywood Behes.
Mar 7, 2018
#3 Remembering Sridevi
Episode 3: In our third episode, we pay tribute to Bollywood icon Sridevi. After a round of Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar dedicated to famous songs featuring Sridevi and Filmi Khabrein, we discuss the Bollywood star’s legacy as part of our main segment Bollywood Behes.
Feb 28, 2018
Episode 2: In our second episode, after a round of Geeton Ka Ghanchakkar (where we discuss Bollywood songs stuck in our heads) and Filmi Khabrein, we discuss Bollywood’s spy films in our main segment Bollywood Behes.
Feb 20, 2018
#1 Pad Man
Episode 1: In the debut episode, an introduction to Khabardaar podcast, a quick hit of Bollywood news, and then the main segment - discussing Pad Man taking on the theme of menstruation and sanitary pads.
Feb 19, 2018
Teaser: A quick introduction to Khabardaar’s two hosts, Aparita Bhandari and Baisakhi Roy.