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Kalank Movie Review: ‘It's Bombastic, Bizarre And Bhansali-lite. But 'Kalank' Does Touch Your Heart!’
Film: Kalank Cast: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Kunal Khemu, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt Director: Abhishek Varman Hindi; U/A; 2 hours, 50 minutes Stars: 3 Stars So, here’s the most important thing about Kalank — please
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Who Killed Shastri, All Over Again? Critics Refusing To Review Vivek Agnihotri’s 'The Tashkent Files' Must Disclose Their Real Reasons
When it comes to critics, actions tend to lie louder than words. The recent decision of a handful of ‘mainstream’ film critics to not review Vivek Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files is a great disservice to their vocation. Based on some of their statemen
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The Tashkent Files: Vivek Agnihotri Reminds Us How, Between Nehru And Indira, We Forgot Shastri
“Ye Gandhi aur Nehru ka desh hai.” “Shastri ka kyun nahi?” Vivek Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files is not just a movie that aims to raise pertinent questions over India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s mysterious death at Tashkent, in the e
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Madhuri Dixit Returns: Be It 'Total Dhamaal' Or 'Kalank', Why Madhuri Is Beyond Box Office Success
Stardom is mostly evanescent. Actors enjoy their time under the sun before making way for others — but that is the story of the average star who slowly fades away.  The reality is vastly different with megastars like Madhuri Dixit-Nene, the timeless
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Why These Bollywood Stars Can't Vote But Can Do Dynamite Desh Prem Dramas!
Even as millions of Indian citizens line up in the heat and dust of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, waiting patiently — yet, so excitedly — to cast their crucial vote, there are some iconic 'Indians' out there who are not able to join this particular q
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Suchitra Sen: The Exquisitely Beautiful Actress Who Always Remained Enigmatic
She cannot just be described as a beautiful face. Her entire personality exuded a mystical and enigmatic aura that gave a very special dimension to her life as an artiste. Suchitra Sen acted for 26 years, after which she led a reclusive life for 36 y
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'RAW' Movie Review: John Abraham, Jackie Shroff and Mouni Roy's 'Romeo Akbar Walter' is raw and bland
Film: Romeo Akbar Walter Director: Robbie Grewal Cast: John Abraham, Mouni Roy, Jackie Shroff You will like it if you like: Raazi As a once-upon-a-time fan of John Abraham, when the opportunity to catch the first-day-first-show of Romeo Akbar Walter
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'No Fathers In Kashmir' Movie Review: 'No Fathers In Kashmir' Is A Valiant Attempt At Capturing The Valley's Sufferings
The opening scene of No Fathers in Kashmir features its protagonist, a Kashmir-born British citizen named Noor (Zara Webb), telling her friend that she’s going to Kashmir on holiday. Her friend, who is also of South Asian descent, ignorantly tells he
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'Kalank' Trailer: 4 things Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt's 'Kalank' evokes
Brace yourself — for the Kalank trailer is now available on every social media platform. Karan Johar’s magnum opus — yes, I am going to call it that because, well, you should just watch the trailer — boasts of names like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Son
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Welcome Back, Irrfan Khan. How We Missed You!
Twitter is usually not the place one would hope to find a piece of news that had the potential to warm one’s heart. One will find an article worth reading, a joke worth chuckling at or a meme worth sharing, perhaps a view worth critiquing — but not u
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Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan announce 'Dabangg 3'. But where is Malaika Arora?
Salman Khan bhai and Bhai ka bhai Arbaaz Khan are in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The duo will then go to Mandleshwar and Maheshwar. And no, it wasn’t a little birdie who told us this — this announcement was made by the Khan Brothers themselves. Sharing a
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Hit Me Baby, One More Time: Why Himesh Reshammiya is back with 'Main Jahan Rahoon'
Just when you thought India was safe, Himesh Reshammiya announced his come-back!  Oh, the horror, the horror!  Trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share that Himesh Reshammiya's next, Main Jahan Rahoon, will be a love story — and
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Meena Kumari – The Lonely Moon
Those classic undulating locks, the eyes expressing unvoiced sorrow, measured movements, and that lilting, smoky voice created a persona that Indian critics have unanimously found 'historically incomparable'. In the 1950s and 1960s, Meena Kumari epit
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'Made In Heaven' Is A Ride From Hell For The Average Indian Women. Why Aren’t We Getting It?
After soaking in rave reviews about the new drama that everyone is binge-watching — Made in Heaven on Amazon Prime — I bit the proverbial bait. So much style. Such little substance. No, there's nothing extraordinary about the show Made in Heaven. (St
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Who Are 96 Kuli Maratha Kshatriyas, Also Called Maratha Rajputs By Some?
About the Maratha of the Deccan, the famous historian Sir Jadunath Sarkar wrote, "In India few can be more proud of their legacy as the Marathas as their forefathers measured swords on equal terms with the strongest and beat back the tide of Muslim c
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Is Kangana Ranaut's nationalism basically National Award-ism?
In a classic case of anticipatory ‘grapes are sour,’ Kangana Ranaut has declared that if she isn’t awarded a National Award for her performance in Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, she will have to question the jury’s credibility. Clearly, of the man
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Priya Rajvansh: A Hauntingly beautiful Actress Who Met A Tragic End
One can easily say that this actress was different from others. She was indeed special — in looks, in acting and in carrying herself in an aristocratic manner. Yes, Priya Rajvansh was unique in all she did. Nineteen years ago, she met a tragic death
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'Chhapaak' First Look: Why Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar's 'Chhapaak' makes us hopeful
Monday morning begins with the first look of Chhapaak — and it is for things like these that Hindi cinema buffs still flock to the theatres. This is a story that needs to be told — Chhapaak is reportedly an inspired story of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid at
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Neena Gupta (finally) Wins For 'Badhaai Ho!' Why The Wait Forever?
A few days back, Neena Gupta just won her first Filmfare award (for Badhaai Ho!).  And guess what, so did Gajraj Rao, Neena's co-star in the film. When Neena shared a picture of herself, holding the coveted black lady — revealing that it was indeed h
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Time To Run? Why Aamir Khan Chose A 'Forrest Gump' Remake Over Playing Astronaut Rakesh Sharma
When asked why he wanted to scale Mt Everest, George Mallory famously quipped — Because it’s there. Some films attain an Everest-like fascination for actors and filmmakers and there comes a time when the call is too strong to not heed. The recent ann
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What The KJo-Shah Rukh Khan Twitter Episode Teaches Us About Trolls
Just after you finished your lunch and were fighting that unbearable desire to doze off on the desk, Twitter had a mini-storm — and Karan Johar was at the receiving end. Everything started when the Kesari producer unwittingly ‘liked’ a tweet that com
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Hasan Minhaj Is Right. His Detractors Are Also (far) Right
Demonetisation. Pulwama. Jobs. Lynching. Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi. Yogi Adityanath. And much more. Indian-origin American comedian Hasan Minhaj has managed to provide an apparently fun-filled 30-minute umbrella show to address all one needs to kno
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Kesari Is A Triumph Of Acting, Action – And Akshay!
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra Director: Anurag Singh Hindi; 1 hour, 50 minutes; UA Rating: Four stars The movie is set in 1897, in the North-West Frontier Province, now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. (Source: YouTube screengrab) So, Kesari is a triumph.
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Spring Equinox: Greet The Date That Gives You An Equal Amount Of Day And Night
It is spring, it is Holi and it is the equinox.  Today marks this year’s spring equinox — the day when the sun is directly above the equator. This makes the day and night the same length of time. Extending the logic, the northern and the southern hem
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Is The ‘PM Narendra Modi’ Biopic Funded By The Opposition?
It's not every day you have a biopic being made, based on the life of your prime minister. And that's true for any country. But in India, there will be two in just the last six months — first, The Accidental Prime Minister based on Sanjaya Baru’s boo
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Why You Must Eat The Gujiya This Holi!
While two states have been rivalling each other quite bitterly over who had their first bite of the divinely sweet roshogolla, the rest of the country sits back, relaxes and nibbles on a gujiya. There’s no fight over the origin of this sweet as long
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Navin Nischol: A Star Who Brightened Our Cinema In The 1970s
There are certain actors in the Hindi film industry whose contribution has been underestimated, especially if they faded away faster than others, despite having shone brightly while they did. Navin Nischol, I believe, is one such actor, whose work ne
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'Photograph' Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui And Sanya Malhotra Starrer Is Out Of Focus And Blurry
“Jitni tumhari pure mahine ki kamai hai, utna meri beti ek din mein uda deti hai,” said many a rich, satin dressing gown-wearing, pipe-smoking father. This line was meant to be a reminder of one’s ‘aukaat’ or class — ‘Whatever you earn in a month is
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The War Of 'Saving Cinema' Between The Classicists And The Streaming Giant
For a little over a year, there has been a battle underway to ‘save’ cinema between the likes of classicists such as Steven Spielberg and streaming giant Netflix that is fast rewriting the rules of the game. The basic grouse between the two factions
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Afghanistan Has Many Superwomen. No, Their Dreams Are Not Borrowed From The US Or Taliban
Nearly four years ago, a mob of men killed a young woman named Farkhunda Malikzada in a Kabul street — because of a false blasphemy accusation. Today, the Taliban are mounting deadly attacks across Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Zalmay Khalilzad, US special
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