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Literature, Music, Food, Mahabharat

Abiding power of soul-stirring art

Nations may boast good economics, but if the citizenry hasn’t found its artistic calling, they are incomplete.

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Sheesha, #MeToo, Bollywood, Patipatniaurwoh

Pati Patni Aur Woh: Why Bollywood refuses to grow up even in the time of #MeToo

The film industry continues to fail in terms of onscreen portrayal of sexual harassment, especially in the shadow of its legacy of trivialising the issue.

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Ektaa kapoor, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Narendra Modi

Soft power for hard messaging

While PM Modi excels at using Bollywood's soft power for hard messaging, his predecessors used it to supplement their own messaging.

ART & CULTURE

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Hollywood, Joaquin phoenix, Todd phillips, JokerShorts In The Dark

A peek into the Joker's mind

When the film ended, I instinctively looked around for my mask before I realised I was wearing it already.

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Bollywood, Sultan, Hrithik Roshan, War

War's success shows critics and audiences differ on what is a good film

The Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer film is as far as it can be from anything that could further the cause of cinema, but that isn't something that concerns the viewer.

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Golmaal, Death Anniversary, Utpal dutt

Utpal Dutt Today: How would the thespian have fared in the age of Netflix and Chill?

It's 26 years since Utpal Dutt passed on. Would he have achieved the same glory today with online platforms, where ‘content’ and ‘actor’ surpass the ‘star’, but have a much shorter screen life?

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Mirzapur, Stree, Sacred games 2, Pankaj tripathi

'Tripathi bach jayega!' Decoding Pankaj Tripathi and why India's drooling over this middle-aged guy

Shah Rukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are passé. There’s a new heartthrob on the bloc.

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Bollywood, Patriotism, Independence day 2019, Uri the surgical strike

Surge of nationalism or political promotion: What is wrong with Bollywood’s recent blockbusters?

If the audiences are lapping up films that reinforce a sense of patriotism, why is it being talked about as effective propaganda?

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Poetry, Bollywood Music, Partition, Gulzar

The Anger of Gulzar: Unlike his softly musing romantic poetry, Gulzar sahab's political verse is hard-hitting and edgy

On his birthday, a look at the poet extraordinaire's writing on communal violence, corruption, unemployment. The tone and words here are different from Gulzar's beautiful romantic verse.

ART & CULTURE

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj tripathi, Saif Ali Khan, Sacred Games

The Second Time Curse: 'Sacred Games 2' with Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, hit by Netflix’s season two syndrome

Every Netflix original dips in the second season, after delivering a punch in the first, only to pick up in the third.