In HerStory Recommends this week, Ellen DeGeneres returns to the stand-up scene after 15 years with Relatable and Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero is strictly for fans only.
After hosting a successful talk show for 16 years, it might come as a surprise to many why Ellen DeGeneres returns to the stand-up scene after a hiatus of 15 years. But we are not complaining. Her stand-up special Relatable released on Netflix last week does not disappoint. And as the title goes, the situations the show centres around are relatable. Early on in the special, Ellen defines what relatable means to her. Sample this.
When I decided to do this special, a friend of mine was at my house and I told him, “I’m going to do stand-up again.”
He said, “Really?”
I said, “Yeah. I was hoping for more of a ‘Really?!!’” But it was, “Really?” I said, “Why?”
He said, “Well, do you think you’re still relatable?”
I said, “Yes, I do think I’m still relatable. I’m a human being.”
He said, “Well, your life has changed so much.”
So Relatable is a potpourri of funny moments, picked up from Ellen’s life that indisputably entertains. From dancing to drug marketing to raising awareness to her sexuality, be prepared for an hour of laughter and revelations.
(Relatable by Ellen DeGeneres streaming on Netflix)
Strictly for fans only
This one is strictly for SRK fans only, the kind who believe he can do no film wrong. If his last VFX-loaded film Fan wasn’t proof enough, then you’d have to be a die-hard fan to sit through this one. Zero starring the Badshah of Bollywood is all about dreams – only here it is a 4.6” vertically challenged Bauua (Shah Rukh Khan) who wants to win the love of Bollywood star Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif). Enter space scientist Aafia Yusufzai Bhinder (Anushka Sharma) who the hero tries to woo in signature Bollywood style. But as the story rambles on, Buaa becomes a permanent fixture in Babita’s life and somewhere in between, we are treated with a series of guest appearances from Karisma Kapoor, Sridevi, Alia Bhatt, Rani Mukherji, Deepika Padukone and others… and by that time you have yawned enough. If you are not an SRK fan, that is. Watch Zero only if you are a fan and for nothing else.
(Zero, now showing in theatres)
Music for the soul
After your date with the Badshah of Bollywood, this weekend promises to be ultra-special with the Mozart of Madras performing live on Saturday, opening the first leg of his One Heart Tour. To be held at the Ozone Urbana Alcove in Devanahalli, AR Rahman will be accompanied by a line-up of versatile artists like Harshdeep Kaur, Udit Narayan, Haricharan, Ranjit Barot, Vijay Prakash, Shweta Mohan, Neeti Mohan and Jonita Gandhi. This is a not-to-be-missed musical event that will be perfect to end the year with!
It’s every working woman’s conundrum and nightmare. Firstly, there’s the guilt of leaving your children home. On the other hand, finding a reliable, responsible nanny really comes down to luck. Set in Paris, when Myriam, a French-Moroccan decides to return to work after a break, she looks for a nanny to look after her young children. Louise is just perfect - quiet, polite and wonderful with the children. Soon the family starts depending heavily on the nanny for all their needs and what happens thereafter is a nightmare. The story and its character go through a gamut of emotions - rage, jealousy, power, and parenting paradoxes that define this award-winning novel.
(Nanny Diaries by Leila Slimani)
(Do you have a book, movie, music, a product or an app you think should make it to the HerStory Recommends list? Do write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org)