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Why Aryan Khan’s Debut In The Lion King Is The Greatest Of All Times
There’s nothing a star parent won’t do to ensure their kids get the perfect launch in Bollywood. Hrithik Roshan was intricately designed to become the only Greek God in Hindi cinema — with those gorgeous light eyes, those killer dance moves and that
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Toxic, Immoral And Sexist: What Re-watching Yes Boss After 22 Years Taught Me
Two things that worked in favour of Aziz Mirza’s Yes Boss, released 22 years ago in 1997 this day, are Mirza’s ability to construct three main characters that are so flaky that they cannot be taken seriously, and Shah Rukh Khan’s dimpled, arm-stretch
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Let Not The Vested Interests Fool You: Chandrayaan-2 Launch Has Not Failed, It Has Only Been Delayed
Chandrayaan-2 was set for a launch in the wee hours of July 15 but that had to be postponed by a few weeks due to a last-minute technical snag. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) took the right call and a sensible one because, as they say, it
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The Bronze Lining: Does Hrithik Roshan's Make-up In Super 30 Stand Out Because Of Our Inability To See Him In Non-glamorous Roles?
At the onset, let me just lay it out here that Pankaj Tripathi would have been a far better choice for the role of Anand Kumar, in Hrithik Roshan’s recently released, Super 30. And this not because Tripathi looks the part, it is because he could act
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Done Ranting About Kabir Singh? Watch Noblemen, A Movie Which Shows Bullying, One Of The Earliest Signs Of Toxic Masculinity
The stupendous success of Kabir Singh and writer-director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s defence of the titular hero’s flaws have made toxic masculinity a much-discussed subject. But it was Noblemen, a little-seen, independent film that handled it best. Produ
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Super 30 Movie Review: Hrithik Roshan And Vikas Bahl Present A Strictly Average Film Despite Great Potential
Film: Super 30 Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pankaj Tripathi, Mrunal Thakur, Aditya Srivastava Director: Vikas Bahl Hindi; U; 2 hours, 42 minutes Stars: 2.5 Stars Let's start with the good stuff. Trust Vikas Bahl to paint a canvas that's believable. The righ
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Pran, Whose Name Remained Unique: Bollywood's Admired Villain, Pran, Was So Talented, Parents Shied Away From Naming Kids His Name!
Pran Krishan Sikand chose to be a villain even though he acted in some films first as a hero. Being a villain, he felt, was far more challenging. Thus, this good-looking young man took up the role of the most evil villain — film after film — in the 1
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Dear Kangana And Rangoli, You Invoke The Nation To Hit Your Critics. But You're Missing What India Is All About!
Dear Kangana and Rangoli, I trust this finds you in good health. I trust this is a time when you feel the need to express yourself — unabashedly, even rudely — and take a stand against all those who speak ever so slightly against you. I also trust th
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Baby, Love Hurts: Bollywood's Romance With Violence Against Women Has Been Its Most Enduring Affair
In the past few years, nearly every report of heinous crimes against women is followed by a realisation of sorts of how popular culture — and especially Hindi films — have not only normalised the attitude often displayed by the perpetrators of such a
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A Tribute To The Brilliant Guru Dutt: The Great Master Of The Art And Craft Of Film Making
It is indeed not an easy task to cover the on-screen and the off-screen journey of a man who was a visionary as far as cinema is concerned. His was a momentous role and since his life and work was not completely separable, his life was intertwined wi
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'Kabir Singh Will Change After Kids'. But Sandeep Reddy Vanga Will Never Change
Kabir Singh and Preeti slap each other, bawl like babies, hug and swear to never leave each other again. The titles roll and the audience leaves the theatre, either feeling uncomfortable at this destructive love story or completely wowed by its sheer
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Et Tu, Kangana? As She Picks On A Journalist, Kangana Ranaut Falls Prey To Her Own Nemesis, 'Toxic Celebrity'!
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi was a bad film. There, I said it. The content, the intent was not bad — but the product was horrendous. And Kangana Ranaut as Manikarnika was appalling. Me, expressing this view as a reviewer or as a movie lover, is n
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Casual Dining Is Leading To The Death Of Fine-dining Culture And Nachos Might Have Played A Role In It
I have just come back from Bengaluru, where, to my surprise, I discovered that food critics cannot seem to get nachos off their troubled minds. I wondered what had caused this collective hand wringing about nachos — this precipitous decline in the st
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Rampur Ke Andarsey: The Gorgeous, Crisp, Golden-fried Sweet Is Typically Monsoon On Your Plate
They came in cheap, unattractive pink cardboard boxes. Shrivelled disks, dotted with sesame seeds — an unappetizing sight that hardly merits any gastronomic yearning. Yet, my Nani and a gaggle of aunts, congregating for the summer break with their br
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'Ayushmann Had To Play An Entitled Male In 'Article 15'. To Show How Immune We Are To Crimes Against Dalits'
What Ayushmann Khurrana touches, turns to gold — both in terms of a fulfilling cinematic experience for the audience and the film’s eventual box office collection. Last Friday’s release, Article 15, had a similar fate, and honestly, it wasn’t all tha
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Union Budget 2019: Why Expectations On Income Tax, Farmers And Corporates Are Running High
It is budget-eve and like everyone in the country, we are biting our nails, hoping for our pockets to be jingling more and our bank balances to look better starting tomorrow. Here are some expectations from three key sectors that form the core of the
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Union Budget 2019: Why The Budget So Scares Me
There’s something about the word ‘Budget’ itself that runs a chill down my spine. I can sit through Annabelle and Conjuring — all parts — without losing even an hour of sleep later, but the very mention of the word ‘Budget’ sends me into panic mode.
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Jaani: Remembering Raaj Kumar, Veteran Actor And Original Style Icon, On His 23rd Death Anniversary
Raaj Kumar’s name evokes in our minds several images — that of an arrogant aristocrat, a smart gangster, a gentle doctor, a poor farmer, an impressive defence or police officer or a drunk, debauched nawaab.  Clearly, whatever the role, Raaj Kumar, qu
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Budget 2019: How Modi 2.0 Can Tweak Taxes, Raise Public Spending On Crucial Sectors And Raise Employment
My dream budget for 2019-20 will arrange taxes and expenditures in such a way as to reverse the situation that has gotten worse since 1991, when the so-called economic reforms mandated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) started and was assiduou
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Zaira Wasim’s Bollywood Exit: Botox For Our Collective Brain
So, Zaira Wasim, Bollywood actor of three films in toto, announced her intention to ‘disassociate’ from the world of Bollywood as it was apparently interfering with her faith. Her announcement caused a greater furore than any of her roles – social me
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Let's Talk About Caste: Why Ayushmann Khurrana's ‘Article 15’ Is A Film Every Politically-minded Indian Must See
I watched Article 15 with a 20-year-old Delhi University student. She had tears in her eyes, cried a bit and was deeply disturbed by the film. Why I asked, didn’t the film Mulk made by the same director equally move her, the answer I got was revealin
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Dear Prasoon Joshi, A Thank You Note: For ‘Mental Hai Kya’ Changing Title To ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’
Dear Prasoon Joshi, My heartfelt gratitude to the CBFC for changing the title of the movie Mental Hai Kya. Does the film itself prove to be offensive or add to the stigma associated with mental health? The jury is still out on that one. But the very
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The Modi Masterstroke: How GST unified India
July 1, 2019, marked the second anniversary of the Narendra Modi-led government's landmark indirect tax reform — Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is based on the premise of ‘One Nation One Tax’, which makes India a unified common market. It is a s
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Article 15 Movie Review: Ayushmann Khurrana And Anubhav Sinha Hit Hard With This Gritty, Demanding Film!
Film: Article 15 Cast: Ayushmann Khurranna, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub Director: Anubhav Sinha Hindi; U/A; 2 hours, 20 minutes Stars: 4 Stars Not all cops pounce like tigers. Some are like Ayushmann Khurrana aka A
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Real Indian Hero: Vicky Kaushal Is Sam Manekshaw In Meghna Gulzar's New Movie. But Vicky Faces A Much Tougher Battle Here
A little over a year ago, in May 2018, Meghna Gulzar gave us Vicky Kaushal as Iqbal Syed — a dashing, yet demure young Pakistani soldier, torn between his love for his country and his love for his Indian wife, Sehmat. In the critically acclaimed and
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The Unforgettable Genius Of Pancham: A Tribute On RD Burman's 80th Birth Anniversary
He was a living legend — and has now become a legend that’s immortal. Called the musical phenomenon, a maverick, a wizard of music, the game-changer of the Indian film and music industries, the quintessential musical genius — he was none other than R
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I'm Your Captive, And I Love It: Stockholm Syndrome And How 'Kabir Singh' Is Promoting It
Five years ago, Veera Tripathi was kidnapped, shoved into the back of a truck, and driven away. This was days before her wedding, her family was left in a mess, nursing a broken heart and gathering the courage to find her, even as the fear that she m
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Tip-Tip Barsa Point: Akshay Kumar, Where Were You In 'Tip Tip Barsa Paani'? It Was Raveena All The Way!
Twenty-five years ago, local markets were flooded with yellow chiffon sarees. Two particular songs were house-party staples. In a round of dumb charades, players would often fall back on mimicking the dance moves — the very dance moves that popularis
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A Tribute To Rehman: An Actor Who Was Loved And Admired For His Negative Roles
Whether it is the distinctive Chenoy Seth of Waqt or the suave, sophisticated Mr.Ghosh, the publisher in Pyaasa; the debauched and insensitive Zamindar (Chhote Sarkar) of Sahib Bibi aur Gulam or Nawab of Chaudvin ka Chaand, Said Rehman Khan, known po
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Kabir Singh Movie Review: Shahid Kapoor Romanticises Toxic Masculinity, And It's Not Good
"Passion. Obsession. Love,” reads a BookMyShow notification on my phone, describing Kabir Singh. And that, right there, is proof of how we’ve killed — over-used, twisted, diluted, degraded and killed — love. Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, a remake of t
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