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'Gully Boy' Movie Review: Ranveer Singh And Alia Bhat Make It 'Bahut Hard' For Us To Find Flaws
Film: Gully Boy Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz Director: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti "Bahut hard, bahut hard!" If there's one thing Gully Boy has ensured, it is introducing us to this new adjective we can use to describe just about anything
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Romance, Tragedy, Jingoism, Same-sex: How Hindi Cinema Has Fallen In Love Over The Years
Discovering love is a beautiful surprise. It cannot be timed. It cannot be predicted. It just happens. Regardless of the outcome, each one of us has fallen in love sometime or the other. The person we have been attracted to might have been from our c
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Why Netflix’s 'Period. End Of Sentence' Is A Grim Reminder To Our Society
‘What is period?’ ‘Is it related to the periods in school, after each of which there rings a bell?’ (Probably not, in chuckles) ‘Have you heard of mahwadi?’ ‘Yes, it’s a disease — mostly affecting women’ Unfortunately, this is not a script. A group o
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Gujjar Quota Stir: Today’s Protesters Are Descendants Of The Gurjar-Pratiharas, Once Among India's Grandest Empires
Around 100 miles north of Delhi, on the Grand Trunk Road, is the modern-day city of Kurukshetra, where the grand epic of the Mahabharata is said to have played out some millennia ago. The society of North India evolved from that nodal point for thous
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Wherein Lies Continue: An Antidote To Emptiness Via Canvases Full Of Memories
It is a scribble on a wall in pencil. Grey and unassuming. "Wherein lies continue," the artist wrote on a wall at Gallery Ske's Booth at the India Art Fair 2019 edition. On the other wall, there are the characteristic empty drawers, hand drawings, ol
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Remembering Vinod Mehra On His 74th Birth Anniversary
Whenever one thinks of the late actor Vinod Mehra, his shy, sweet smile and natural acting at once come to mind. What also comes to mind is the regret that he left this world all too soon, depriving our film industry of the many roles he would have p
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Twitter Vs Modi Sarkaar: How Parliamentary Panel Is Making The Fight Against Fake News Unwinnable
The last year and a half have been nothing but trouble for social media giants Facebook and Twitter. The two have constantly fielded questions over data security and even faced scrutiny over allegations of playing a part in influencing results of cru
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Polar Bear Invasion: Why 50 Desperate Animals Have Entered Homes In A Russian Town
Media is flooded with stories of how hungry polar bears have been besieging human settlements of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Visuals of polar bears invading people’s homes, playgrounds, apartments, office complexes and other dwellings have flooded
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Amol Palekar Interrupted: Why This Should Be A Moment For The Art World To Introspect, Rather Than Play Blame Games
This isn't just about how actor Amol Palekar felt when he was interrupted at an art opening in Mumbai at the NGMA, when he criticised the Ministry of Culture reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at its centres in Mumbai and Bengaluru. This is
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'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 Is Almost Here. But What’s In It For You?
That’s pretty much a redundant question — if it's Game of Thrones, there’s obviously a lot in it for you. But wading through all the fake news can get a bit difficult. Especially given Game of Thrones’ history with leaks and more than believable fan
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Meet The Baluchar: India's Most Stunning Heritage Saree
The Baluchar is famous as one of India's most beautiful sarees, its intricate craft and history interwoven into its stunning folds. In an extensive volume titled Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal (Niyogi Books), edited by Jasleen Dhamija
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How The Indian Government Threw Walmart A Googly!
'Matrudevo Bhava, Pitrudevo Bhava, Acharyadevo Bhava, Atithidevo Bhava.’  Walmart possibly has no idea about this mantra from the Taittiriya Upanishad; the last two words of which mean ‘guests are God’. Far from the hospitality the emissaries of Indi
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Taimur Ali Khan Doesn’t Like Kareena Kapoor Khan In Make-up. Hey Bebo, We Feel You
So, Saif Ali Khan has revealed that little Taimur Ali Khan doesn’t like to see mommy Kareena Kapoor Khan wearing make-up. Reportedly, human marshmallow Taimur gives two hoots if Saif walks out all decked up — but he seems to particularly dislike seei
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An Old Woman Who Sings Of Hope, And Lives Like A Free Bird
That evening, she was sitting outside in the corridor with another old woman, who used to work in the hospital and had nowhere to go. So she stayed behind when the Trust made the hospital a home for the poor and the old. They spend evenings with each
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#10YearChallenge: How Anurag Kashyap Is The Real 'DevD'
Ten years ago, we saw cinematic history being made when DevD released. The Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill-starrer took us all by storm — and a generous share of that credit goes to Anurag Kashyap. Now Devdas (the raging alcoholic, who some
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Does Being Fun Make A Show Less Feminist? What 'Four More Shots Please' And 'Veere Di Wedding' Taught Me
Four more Shots Please is the latest to join the band of ‘feminist’ flicks, coming in the wake of two successful movies, Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017) and Veere Di Wedding (2018). Four More Shots Please, an Amazon Prime web series, centres around f
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Samsung Galaxy M20 Review: Massive Battery And Solid Performance For The Masses
A little over a month into 2019, South Korean tech giant Samsung appears to be making its intentions clear for the year that marks its 10th anniversary of entry into the smartphone business.  While the company had been hinting at an aggressive overha
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When Doordarshan Dazzled: There Was A Time When It Was The Only TV Channel In India, And It Had Sterling Shows
Imagine a world without satellite TV, computers, video-on-demand platforms and cell phones. Think of those times when all that an Indian home had was a radio and a black and white television set — which only telecast programmes of the state-owned Doo
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Why India Is Wrong In Calling For A PUBG Ban
Popular battle royale game, PUBG, whose popularity has spread like wildfire in the last year and a half, has been facing flak for the negative impact it's having on children. Over the past few months, we've heard of cases of PUBG addictions and repor
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Satya Nadella Turned A Tired Microsoft Around. Why Hasn't His Pay Kept Pace?
Five years ago, on February 4, 2014, Hyderabad-born techie Satya Nadella took over the top job at one of the biggest tech firms in the world — Microsoft. The soft-spoken, cricket-loving CEO of Microsoft took over the reins from Steve Ballmer – Micros
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Best Upcoming Camera Phones Of 2019
With the world's biggest smartphone makers, Samsung, Apple and Huawei, looking to take a lead over each other, 2019 promises to be an exciting year for the smartphone industry.  Despite being touted as the 'year of flexible displays', this race for s
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A Requiem For A Dream: A Former Auto Driver Embroiders What He Saw Of Life From His Rearview Mirror
A magnifying glass hangs on the wall in a small room overlooking the sea, at Aspinwall House, Kochi, one of the venues of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. To look at a life unfold, you must linger on the canvas. In the first frame, there is an intricately
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Waheeda Rehman’s Birth Anniversary: At 81, This Beauty Is Still The Ethereal ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chand’
When one looks at the life of renowned actor Waheeda Rehman, one feels a biopic must be made on her. However, it is difficult to figure out which actress of today would be able to play Waheeda ji. Waheeda ji is fond of Tabu, Deepika Padukone and Vidy
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Indian Art Fair: To The Moon And Back
The previous night, she spoke about the little village in the mountains in Korea where she stayed for a week learning how to make the traditional hanji dolls. Shormii Chowdhury, a Baroda-based artist, took a train to a deserted station with a paper w
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Budget Afterthought: Big Hug To The Middle Class
An effective way to detect a Budget’s underlying message is by tracking moments during the Finance Minister’s (FM) speech when the Opposition’s murmur becomes an incessant wail — the day of Budget 2019 was no different. In the end, the present govern
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Budget 2019: Why Modi Govt Should Walk The Talk On Promises
When you have the elections just around the corner, and are straddled with sectors that you needed to address because the concerns are the most in those areas, you have little choice but to play hardball. Never mind if the interim budget almost read
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Why Budget 2019 Is An Exciting One For Science And Technology
The NDA government's last Budget of its current term is out and it brings with it quite a few surprises.  With an eye on the Lok Sabha elections later this year, Piyush Goyal's interim Budget for FY 2019-20 proposes a number of sops for farmers along
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'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Movie Review: Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao are winners. Sonam Kapoor is a close second
Film: Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla Director: Shelly Dhar Chopra At the onset, let me just clarify that this is not Dostana (2008). Or Girlfriend (2004). Or Fire (1998). Yes, it is still a
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Budget 2019: 10 Big 'Josh' Announcements Which Will Change The Political Game
Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget, also known as a 'vote on account', on February 1 to meet the expenditure for the first six months once the new central government is formed after the General Elections. It's in the ba
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From 'Maine Pyar Kiya' to 'Bharat': How Salman is Bollywood's 'Last Original'
Writing an unauthorised biography of a film-star isn't easy, even if one wilfully pens it in simple prose to make it more accessible for the reader. I learned that lesson around 15 years ago, when I had migrated to write a series of star biographies
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