Ravina Rawal
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Ravina Rawal

Editorial Head, Youth & English Entertainment, Viacom18. (Former Editor Motherland, The Sunday Guardian. Founding editor, MTV Noise Factory.)


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Ghetto Superstar

A small wooden door that first opened in 8 BC – or the mid ’90s, which in 2016 seems equally far away – leads you into a room where everyone you have ever known has already reached. (The Ghetto, Mumbai)

The City Story / May 2016 / Culture

Jukebox Mafia

Besides the street shops selling greasy trinkets you never need but will likely buy anyway, this stretch is strewn with bars and cafés of the same historic, iconic value as Mondy’s. Leopold Café, Delhi Darbar, Piccadilly, Café Churchill, Gokul and what us

The City Story / March 2016 / Travel

#TalkToTheFuture

Debating the future at Google HQ

Motherland / February 2016 / Video

What Tastes Like Love

On roadside romeos Bachelorr's and Haji Ali Juice Centre

The City Story / January 2016 / Love

Q.E.D.

Lord of the flies: When everything is up in the air

The Sunday Guardian / October 2015 / Column

Q.E.D.

Morphine drips and flexible teeth: The pregnancy paradox

The Sunday Guardian / July 2015 / Column

Q.E.D.

The column. On mangoes. With a shout out to ze father.

The Sunday Guardian / June 2015 / Column

ABCD 2

Movie Review: Little novelty to offer to film or dance

The Sunday Guardian / June 2015 / Bollywood

Piku

Movie review: Three’s not a crowd, it’s a familiar joyride in Piku

The Sunday Guardian / May 2015 / Bollywood

Gabbar is Back

Movie Review: Gabbar shouldn’t have come back

The Sunday Guardian / May 2015 / Bollywood

Brent Owens: Reinventing the dosa and other stories

Cooped up in his hotel minus the ponytail, Masterchef Australia Season 6 winner, Brent Owens, talks to Ravina Rawal about discovering the complexities of Indian cuisine and his future plans.

The Sunday Guardian / April 2015 / Food

Action Jackson

Movie Review: Prabhudheva plumbs new depths with brain cell genocide

The Sunday Guardian / December 2014

Happy Ending

Movie Review: This ‘romcom’ falls prey to the clichés it lampoons

The Sunday Guardian / November 2014 / Bollywood

Happy New Year

Movie Review: ‘Party of the Year’ makes you want to leave before midnight

The Sunday Guardian / October 2014 / Bollywood

Bang Bang!

Movie Review: A boring remake of a largely rubbish original

The Sunday Guardian / October 2014 / Bollywood

Khoobsurat

Movie Review: Not all that glitters is gold

The Sunday Guardian / September 2014 / Bollywood

Finding Fanny

Movie Review: On the road with a bunch of delightful loonies

The Sunday Guardian / September 2014 / Bollywood

Kick

Movie Review: Being Salman Khan

The Sunday Guardian / July 2014 / Bollywood

Quick Squeeze

A reluctant subject's notes on a one-day juice cleanse

The Sunday Guardian / July 2014 / Food

Ek Villain

Movie Review: Suri's math is all wrong, but this film is worth a quick watch

The Sunday Guardian / June 2014 / Bollywood

Humshakals

Movie Review: Sajid Khan's latest numbs you in stages

The Sunday Guardian / June 2014 / Bollywood

Holiday

Movie Review: A soldier is never off duty, but maybe he should be.

The Sunday Guardian / June 2014 / Bollywood

OlÁ Brazil!

Heading over to the land of coffee and carnivals? When you’re not watching football there, here’s what you can do, see, eat, and indulge in, in four of Brazil’s most popular cities.

Harper's Bazaar / June 2014 / Travel / [Pdf , 507 KB]

The Xposé

Himesh Reshammiya & Yo Yo Honey Singh, whyoudunit?

The Sunday Guardian / May 2014 / Bollywood

Adrenaline Rush

On your bucket-list: Six must-do, off-the-beaten-track itineraries that will get your blood pumping

Harper's Bazaar / May 2014 / Travel / [Pdf , 386 KB]

Revolver Rani

Movie Review: Average film, reigning queen

The Sunday Guardian / April 2014 / Bollywood

Olive Bistro

Food Review: AD Singh gets it right (again)

The Sunday Guardian / April 2014 / Food

2 States

Movie Review: A vaguely entertaining rom-com

The Sunday Guardian / April 2014 / Bollywood

Main Tera Hero

Movie Review: Too much masala, too little taste

The Sunday Guardian / April 2014 / Bollywood

Ragini MMS 2

Movie Review: Sanity sacrificed at the horrex altar

The Sunday Guardian / March 2014 / Bollywood

Bewakoofiyaan

Movie Review: Watch only if thoroughly unemployed

The Sunday Guardian / March 2014 / Bollywood

Queen

Movie Review: A delightful journey of self-discovery

The Sunday Guardian / March 2014 / Bollywood

Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Movie Review: A clichéd but amusing take on marriage

The Sunday Guardian / March 2014 / Bollywood

Parsi Bol

Book Review: An exuberant, laugh-out-loud collection of “insults, endearments and other Parsi Gujarati phrases”

The Sunday Guardian / February 2014 / Book Review

Highway

Movie Review: Imtiaz Ali returns to form

The Sunday Guardian / February 2014 / Bollywood

Gunday

Movie Review: A snoozeworthy baddie-buddy flick

The Sunday Guardian / February 2014 / Bollywood

Hasee Toh Phasee

Movie Review: A surprising, underplayed romance

The Sunday Guardian / February 2014 / Bollywood

One By Two

Movie Review

The Sunday Guardian / February 2014 / Bollywood

Kiss & Sell? Bollywood VS the CBFC

At best, our awkward actors look like they’re trying to delicately spit out a watermelon seed; at worst, it looks like statutory rape. I think an Indian reality show participant inadvertently described it best when she said (of her and her boyfriend) in o

Firstpost.com / November 2013

Bollywood's Superheroes

Krrish, the latest in a country full of superheroes

Firstpost.com / November 2013 / Bollywood

Mass Media

Alternative artistes have finally made inroads into Bollywood, turning film music on its head

Elle India / October 2013 / [Pdf , 112 KB]

Mickey Virus

Movie Review: Shades of Vicky Donor, but not enough

Firstpost.com / October 2013

Grand Masti

Movie Review: Calling it garbage is being polite

Firstpost.com / September 2013 / Bollywood

Satyagraha

Movie Review: Bachchan, Bajpai fail to save Satyagraha

Firstpost.com / August 2013

Lootera

Movie Review: Lootera may not be epic, but it's worth a watch

Firstpost.com / July 2013

Ghanchakkar

Movie Review: Ghanchakkar doesn't promise the best comedy, but it's worth a watch

Firstpost.com / June 2013 / Bollywood

Raanjhanaa

Raanjhanaa review: If you enjoy melodrama, the film is worth a watch

Firstpost.com / June 2013

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2

Movie Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 will give you a headache

Firstpost.com / June 2013

Aurangzeb

Movie Review: Good acting can't save Aurangzeb from its incoherent plot

Firstpost.com / May 2013 / Bollywood

Bombay Talkies

Movie Review: Bombay Talkies will make your heart happy

Firstpost.com / May 2013 / Bollywood

Far From the Madding Crowd

Providing a sanctuary of peace and quiet, these are the hotels and destinations that have proved to be the hubs of creativity

Harper's Bazaar [India] / May 2013 / [Pdf , 505 KB]

Aashiqui 2

Movie Review: Aashiqui 2 deserves the Golden Kela for being predictable

Firstpost.com / April 2013 / Bollywood

Nautanki Saala

Movie Review: Watch Nautanki Saala for Ayushmaan and Kunaal Roy Kapur

Firstpost.com / April 2013

Rise of the Zombie

Movie Review: Rise of the Zombie bites off more than it can chew

Firstpost.com / April 2013

Himmatwala

Movie Review: Just say NO to Himmatwala

Firstpost.com / March 2013 / Bollywood

Aatma

Movie Review: Aatma promises horror, becomes unintentionally comedic

Firstpost.com / March 2013 / Bollywood

Rangrezz

Movie Review: Sorry, Rangrezz is no Kai Po Che

Firstpost.com / March 2013

Mere Dad Ki Maruti

Movie Review: Mere Dad Ki Maruti will make you smile, but it's no laugh riot

Firstpost.com / March 2013

I, Me Aur Main

Movie Review: I, Me Aur Main and the 'sexy idiot'

Firstpost.com / March 2013 / Bollywood

Maven

[Website] A private, members–only concierge club

Maven / March 2013

Kai Po Che

Movie Review: Even a Chetan Bhagat skeptic can cheer for Kai Po Che

Firstpost.com / February 2013

Murder 3

Movie review.

Firstpost.com / February 2013

David

Movie review.

Firstpost.com / February 2013 / Bollywood

Race 2

Movie review.

Firstpost.com / January 2013

Inkaar

Movie review.

Firstpost.com / January 2013 / Bollywood

Bubbling Over

Rocksport Zorbing Balls

[Brown Paper Bag] bpbweekend.com/delhi / November 2012

Fit for the gods

Travelogue: Greece (Costa Navarino)

JetWings / November 2011 / [Pdf , 598 KB]

Desert Citadels

Travelogue: Jordan

JetWings / April 2010 / [Pdf , 712 KB]

Fun Republic

Travelogue: Ireland

India Today Travel Plus / November 2008 / [Pdf , 479 KB]

Water Over The Harbour

Travelogue/Hotel Review: Kerala (Taj Malabar, Kochi)

India Today Travel Plus / June 2008 / [Pdf , 1.2 MB]

Secret Garden

Travelogue: Beyond Ooty

India Today Travel Plus / November 2007 / [Pdf , 147 KB]

Mix It Like Macau

You can’t refuse a holiday that promises neon-streaked skies, Vegas-like instincts and a cuisine with an identity crisis. When in Macau, drink, eat, and make money. Careful, sometimes all of it is a gamble.

India Today Travel Plus / July 2007 / [Pdf , 167 KB]

Shakira

10 Questions

Outlook / April 2007

Love @ First Site

The world wide web has become the sole highway for many to meet their life partners

Outlook / March 2007

S.H. Raza

10 Questions

Outlook / February 2007

Wine or Vinegar

Who hosts the best (and worst) parties in the hallowed diplomatic enclaves of Delhi

Outlook / December 2006

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