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Published: May 23, 2020 8:09:06 am


Check out the 10 best episodes of Seinfeld.

Seinfeld is often regarded as one of the best sitcoms in television history. Created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the show stars Seinfeld as a fictionalised version of himself, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Michael Richards as Kramer.

It was said that Seinfeld was a show about nothing as the show did not follow the traditional format of characters evolving as the show moved on, yet they never came across as lazy or repetitive. Seinfeld ran for nine seasons and ended in 1998. This was one of those rare shows that bowed out at its peak.

Here are the 10 best episodes of Seinfeld.

1. The Chinese Restaurant (Season 2, Episode 11)

One of the early episodes of Seinfeld, The Chinese Restaurant showed the audience that a sitcom episode did not necessarily have to have an event. Comedy could be found in anticipation of the so-called event, and that’s exactly what happened as Jerry, Elaine and George wait for a table at a Chinese restaurant. It’s one of the rare episodes that does not feature Kramer.

2. The Parking Garage (Season 3, Episode 6)

In my opinion, this is one of the best episodes of Seinfeld. So much so that I can’t help but think of this episode every time I am in a parking garage. The entire plot of this episode has the four friends trying to look for their car in a multi-level parking garage because they have forgotten where they parked it. This episode’s writing is a masterclass in comedy writing.

3. The Bubble Boy (Season 4, Episode 7)

This episode has the group travelling to Susan’s cabin, but they have to make a stop on the way to meet the “bubble boy” who lives in quarantine. Jerry and Elaine get lost on the way, but Susan and George reach the bubble boy’s house. Meanwhile, Kramer burns down Susan’s cabin, which becomes a long-running gag for Susan’s storyline.

4. The Contest (Season 4, Episode 11)

When this episode originally aired, television was still confined by its limitations and wasn’t as liberal as we know it today. The four friends make a bet as to who will hold out on masturbation for the longest time. The subject matter in itself was seen as controversial, but upon watching the episode, one realises that there’s absolutely nothing offensive here but just the old, clean Seinfeld comedy with some hilarious writing.

5. The Junior Mint (Season 4, Episode 20)

Jerry can’t remember the name of the girl he is dating. The way he guesses Mulva still makes us crack up. In other storylines, Jerry and Kramer go to view the surgery of Roy, Elaine’s ex, but accidentally drop a junior mint in the open cavity which leads to Kramer feeling guilty over the guy getting sicker. Elaine is at her shallowest but funniest self here.

6. The Dinner Party (Season 5, Episode 13)

The gang is going for a dinner party, but Elaine points that it is customary for them to buy some cake and wine for the hosts, so the group splits up. Jerry and Elaine go to the bakery to buy chocolate babka but are held up because the last chocolate babka is gone and they have to make do with the cinnamon one. Kramer and George have to buy wine but have no change for their hundred dollar bill. Worst, they are double parked by a Saddam Hussein lookalike.

7. The Marine Biologist (Season 5, Episode 14)

This is one of those classic Seinfeld episodes where the events happening in one place affect the lives of other characters. George is pretending to be a marine biologist on one side and Kramer is playing golf on the other, but the two events are related in the funniest way. Elaine gets her electronic organizer broken after making a bad pun in front of a famed Russian writer, thanks to Jerry.

8. The Opposite (Season 5, Episode 21)

This was the episode that changed George Costanza completely for the future of the show. George lands up a job at the Yankee stadium because Jerry tells him to do just the opposite of what he would do in any situation. Elaine believes she has become George and Jerry finds himself as the ‘Even Steven’. Meanwhile, Kramer loses his deal of the coffee table book about coffee tables.

9. The Soup Nazi (Season 7, Episode 6)

While this episode continues to be a favourite among Seinfeld fans, we wonder if it would be accepted if it had come out today. Here, Jerry, Elaine and George are trying to stay on the good side of a soup vendor as they try to buy soup from his shop. The soup is so good that Jerry is ready to let go of his girlfriend for it. Kramer, meanwhile, has befriended the man who seems to be extremely uptight with everyone else.

Also Read | Seinfeld: The show about nothing that has everything

10. The Chicken Roaster (Season 8, Episode 8)

The main storyline of this episode has Jerry and Kramer switching apartments due to a red neon sign that’s disrupting Kramer’s sleep cycle. But as they exchange apartments, the two start turning into each other. In Seinfeld-like fashion, the story of Elaine’s expensive hat affects the entire gang here.

Seinfeld is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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

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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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Writer Apurva Asrani, known for writing and editing Manoj Bajpayee‘s Aligarh, came out as a homosexual on Twitter on Friday. The popular writer posted a picture of himself posing with his partner named Siddhant and wrote a beautiful note alongside. He revealed how after pretending to be cousins for 13 long years, they have finally bought their own home in the city. Apurva said he and his partner hid their identity for many years because they were asked to not let their neighbours know that they were a gay couple. Also Read – Film Editor And Writer Apurva Asrani Questions Akshay Kumar’s Eligibility For National Award After Calling Canada His Home

Apurva talked about normalising an LGBTQ family in India. Posting the picture of their apartment’s nameplate that read ‘Apurva and Siddhant’, the writer wrote, “For 13 years we pretended to be cousins so we could rent a home together. We were told ‘keep curtains drawn so neighbours don’t know ‘what’ you are’. We recently bought our own home. Now we voluntarily tell neighbors we are partners Two hearts. It’s time LGBTQ families are normalised too.” (sic) Also Read – Apurva Asrani slams Kangana Ranaut after another credit controversy with ‘Manikarnika’

Apurva is a national award-winning editor who was appreciated for editing a bilingual film called Snip!. He also claimed to have written Simran (2017), directed by Hansal Mehta and starring Kangana Ranaut when the actor said she changed the entire script of the film and also got the credit of being the additional script and dialogue writer. Apurva is also known for editing Satya (1998) and Shahid (2013). He also edited Zoya Akhtar’s web-series Made in Heaven (2019).

Apurva has been one of the most significant voices for the LGBTQ community in the film industry. His approach towards bettering the world and making it more inclusive also reflects in his writing, especially in Aligarh which is based on the life of a professor who’s sacked from his job on the basis of morality after it’s revealed that he’s a homosexual.





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Published: May 30, 2020 8:36:34 am


Here are 10 great thriller movies. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Much of the world is currently stuck indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe in a matter of mere months. The good part is, there is a lot of entertainment available in terms of movies and shows.

Thrillers are a genre where stories involve the worst of humankind: psychopaths, cannibals, serial killers and so on. In short, there’s a lot of excitement and suspense to look forward to. Here are 10 great thriller movies to watch during lockdown.

1. No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark, brilliant adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel of the same name captured the spirit and essence of the source material even if it was not too faithful to the source. Javier Bardem is breathtaking as psychopathic murderer Anton Chigurh, who is entirely devoid of a conscience.

No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

2. The Silence of the Lambs

A spine-tingling watch headlined by Sir Anthony Hopkins’ sadistic cannibalistic serial-killer, The Silence of the Lambs has elements of both thriller and horror, and straddles both to great effect.

3. Shutter Island: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name is about two US Marshals played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, who arrive on an island that houses a facility for the criminally insane to investigate the disappearance of an inmate. The film is known for its thwack of an ending that changes the way the viewer looks at the whole story. It is an otherwise well-made film as well, with stunning cinematography, performances, background score, writing and, of course, direction.

4. Zodiac: Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

zodiac Robert Downey Jr and Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac. (Photo: Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros)

A David Fincher directorial, Zodiac was based on the infamous serial-killer Zodiac who terrorised the citizens of San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s and 1970s. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Cox and John Carroll Lynch among others.

5. Misery

Kathy Bates misery Kathy Bates gave a stunning performance in Misery. (Photo: Columbia Pictures)

Author Stephen King based Misery on his personal nightmare that a passionate fan would abduct him and make him write what they want. The movie is arguably even better, and Kathy Bates is absolutely fantastic as Annie Wilkes, a psychotic loner.

6. Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic remains watchable as ever. And the twist still creeps the hell out of those who have seen this movie dozens of times.

7. Seven (stylised as SEV7N)

David Fincher’s crowning achievement, Seven sees Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman partnering up to catch a murderer who kills according to Christianity’s seven deadly sins. Seven streams on Netflix.

8. The Prestige: Amazon Prime Video

hugh jackman and christian bale Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale in a still from Prestige. (Photo: Warner Bros)

Christopher Nolan’s last film before he became a global household name with Batman Begins, The Prestige stars two of the best ‘star’ actors Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Set in late 19th century London, two magicians turn from friends to bitter foes with their rivalry ending in the greatest trick of them all.

9. Don’t Breathe: Netflix

hush Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr in Hush. (Photo: Netflix)

Three kids break into a blind veteran’s secluded house, thinking it would be an easy job to just go inside and pick up the cash. If the old guy wakes up, knock him cold and run away, is the plan. They are in for a really, really nasty surprise. Don’t Breathe is a thriller verging on horror.

10. Hush: Netflix

In this relentlessly paced film, a deaf and mute author living in a remote spot has to fight a psychopathic killer. The lead actress (Kate Siegel) does a superb job in portraying the agony of a woman who has to survive alone without the two senses; she cannot hear him coming and she cannot scream for help. Director Mike Flanagan fully utilises the intriguing premise.

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