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Written by Anvita Singh
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Published: May 24, 2020 7:11:06 am


Schitt’s Creek is streaming on Netflix. (Photo: CBC Television)

A heartwarming, hilarious show that is a complete crowd-pleaser – How often does that happen? And with the significant rise in the production of series and sitcoms of late thanks to various OTT platforms, the quality has somewhat decreased. Coming by a truly funny show that makes you laugh out loud is a rarity these days. However, the Canadian television show Schitt’s Creek ticks all the boxes of the genre, and how.

Revolving around the lives of the wealthy Rose family whose fortune takes a turn for the worse as they go bankrupt, Schitt’s Creek has been created by the talented father-son duo of Dan and Eugene Levy. It stars Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and a host of other credible actors. Transforming something as tragic and woeful as bankruptcy into comedy must have been something of a task. But the flow of the show is so seamless and smooth that everything appears effortless and, for lack of a better word, plain. But I mean that in the best possible way. A lot of the times artistes take something simple and make it complicated by adding (unnecessary) layers to it to appeal to a certain type of viewer. And the critics and audience frequently make the mistake that something that comes by naturally and has a commercial value to it would not be as artistic. However, Schitt’s Creek is proof that you just need to have a clear vision and a taste for comedy to get it right.

The first season aired five years ago, on January 13, 2015, and it completed its sixth and final season on CBC Television only last month. However, for those of us who have been following the show on Netflix, the final season started streaming only from May 14. The show started on a bit of an overdone comedic tone which I had seen in the previous episodes. And at first, it seemed like the series could have ended with a bang with the fifth season itself. But the makers brought in the old pace and some refreshing change and twists in the middle to salvage that one final bow. And what a bow it was! Emotional, funny and thoroughly entertaining. Almost made me wish that the show was not ending, especially after watching the swan song. But co-creator and actor Dan Levy thinks differently.

“It was important for me that this show remains something that people cherish and that people go back to and revisit year after year or put on when they’re feeling blue. And in order to do that, you really need to be aware of when is the right time to say goodbye,” Dan told AP.

schitts creek A still from the show Schitt’s Creek. (Photo: Netflix)

And maybe he is right. To end on a peak and to retire gracefully is the best way to say goodbye.

Of course, it goes without saying that I will miss the steadfastness and patience of Johnny Rose, the crazy eccentricities of Moira Rose (a brilliant Catherine O’Hara), Alexis Rose’s wonderful display of heart, humour and confidence and the passion with which David Rose held on to his beliefs and choices. And yes, there were some tears that were wiped as David said ‘I do’ at last, but isn’t it better to remember them like this? ‘Schitt’s Creek — a show that set a gold standard for portrayal of same-sex and familial love within a comedic situation.’

The show is streaming on Netflix.

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Irrfan Khan’s wife Sutapa shares emotional note, writes ’till we meet again’

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By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: May 30, 2020 9:49:10 am


Irrfan Khan had passed away on April 29 this year. (Photo: Sutapa Sikdar/Facebook)

Irrfan Khan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar shared a note remembering the actor after a month of his death. Sharing photos of the Angrezi Medium actor, Sutapa wrote, “‘Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.’ It’s just a matter of time…milenge baaten karenge…. Till we meet again.”

Irrfan passed away on April 29 after a long battle with cancer.

Earlier, Sutapa Sikdar had written a beautiful note talking about her journey with Irrfan.

“It’s difficult to explain what a wondrous, beautiful, overwhelming, painful and exciting this journey has been. I find this 2 and 1/2 years to have been an interlude, which had it’s own beginning, middle and culmination with Irrfan helming the role of the orchestra conductor, separate from the 35 years of our companionship, ours was not a marriage, it was a union,” the note read.

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‘Milenge Baaten Karenge’! Irrfan Khan’s Wife Sutapa Sikdar Writes a Heartbreaking Facebook Post a Month After he Passed Away

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A month after actor Irrfan Khan passed away from cancer in Mumbai, his wife Sutapa Sikdar remembered him with a beautiful Facebook post. The popular actor left the world for his heavenly abode on April 29 and telling all that their bond is beyond death, Sutapa took to Facebook and posted a never-seen-before picture of Irrfan along with a note that brings tears to one’s eyes. In the note, she wrote about meeting her late husband at a place which is away from the worldly things. Also Read – Irrfan Khan Donated For COVID-19 Patients But Didn’t Want Anyone to Know, Late Actor’s Friend From Jaipur Reveals All

Also Read – Irrfan Khan Lived in a Rented Flat, Tigmanshu Dhulia Reveals a Heartfelt Trivia About Making Haasil With Late Actor

Sutapa has been holding a brave face by asking the fans to stay strong when her own world has crashed down. She asked the fans to remember Irrfan in their hearts by helping others and doing the right thing in life. Sutapa and their son Babil-Ayaan also planted a ‘raat ki rani’, Irrfan’s favourite plant, where the actor was laid to rest. Also Read – Vishal Bharadwaj Honours His Friend Irrfan Khan With a Screenplay That Breaks Heart Into Pieces

Recently, one of Irrfan’s close friends in the industry – Vishal Bharadwaj,  who has also directed the actor in Maqbool, 7KhoonMaaf and Haider among other films, dedicated a screenplay to his dear friend. Explaining how he stood alone at the edge of Irrfan’s grave while looking at his heavy eyelids for the one last time in this world, Vishal recalled all the happy-sad moments he got to spend with Irrfan in his lifetime.

Irrfan passed away after a two-year-long battle with the neuroendocrine tumour. He breathed his last at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital. May his soul rest in peace!





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Never Have I Ever brings rare voice, and a newcomer, to TV

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Published: May 30, 2020 9:01:37 am


Netflix’s Never Have I Ever series follows a first-generation Indian American teen navigating not only her culture and Hindu faith, but also raging hormones, commitment to excellence and explosive temper. (Lara Solanki/Netflix via AP)

When Mindy Kaling was growing up in the Boston area, few classmates looked like her, and her television choices ranged from angsty white teenagers to funny white teenagers.

It helps explain her latest project, the hit Netflix comedy Never Have I Ever, which follows Devi Vishwakumar, a first-generation Indian American teen navigating not only her culture and Hindu faith, but also raging hormones, commitment to excellence and explosive temper.

“Some old loser was telling me that I was too Indian,” Devi says in the show’s fourth episode. “And some other people think I’m not Indian enough, and honestly all I want to do is eat a donut.”

It’s a rarity on Western television.

Though Never Have I Ever has received mixed reviews, it has drawn wide praise for its representation of South Asians. Netflix says it’s the No. 1 most-viewed show in several countries.

“It’s about time we had a show like this,” author Jeetendr Sehdev wrote for Forbes. “For years, South Asians have been raised with next to no positive representation on U.S. television — we’ve mainly been represented as terrorists.”

Devi is played by 18-year-old Canadian newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who got the role after being plucked from an open casting call that drew 15,000 hopefuls. Her last acting experience before landing the role was a high school play.

“It’s amazing how sometimes certain things just fall into your life,” Ramakrishnan said in a recent interview.
Ramakrishnan laughed about having to tell her parents that she sent videos of herself to people she didn’t know in Los Angeles for the casting call.

“My mom and my dad, they knew that I originally sent in the tape but I never kept them updated on it until I had to go to L.A., so that was a fun conversation to tell them that I sent in my videos to somebody in L.A. who I don’t know — just videos of myself,” she said. “It sounds a little weird. But I was explaining to my mom and my dad, ‘This is legit. This is real.’ They were like, ‘OK, let’s get this into gear. Let’s figure out how to do this right, do it properly.’”

Even though Ramakrishnan is playing a character created by Kaling and loosely based on the actor-writer’s childhood — not to mention that Kaling is her boss and a personal hero — the teen said she hasn’t felt too much pressure.
“Even on set, I never really felt nervous about it,” Ramakrishnan said. “First of all, (Mindy) never put any crazy weird pressure on me. She made it very easy and welcoming to just let me experiment and try it out. She’s very understanding.”

In fact, Ramakrishnan said she bonded with Kaling over the part. “We would have conversations about certain scenes and finding our truth within Devi together.”

Although the possibility of a second season remains unresolved, Ramakrishnan said she has been grateful for the experience and the opportunity to learn.

“I remember on the first day of filming I had to keep asking my co-star, Ramona Young, ‘What’s this rehearsal? What’s a first team? Are we a first team? What does this mean? What is that?’” she said. “And by the end of the first week I felt really confident but throughout the whole process I was always trying to constantly learn every single thing whether it was from the hair and makeup department, the camera crew, anybody that was willing to teach me anything, I just wanted to know.”

Young and another co-star, Lee Rodriguez, said they’ve been impressed by Ramakrishnan, considering she had the least amount of on-set experience of all of them.

“Her first time being in Hollywood, her first time being a lead,” Rodriguez said. “She’s doing a great job, honestly. She’s like our fearless leader right now.”

Young added: “First day she asked me what a marking rehearsal is. Now look at her.”

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