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Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna

Film criticamitfilm@gmail.com
Over 45 years.Films,TV, Music,Radio,Theatre,Print,Digital. The art & science of Media & Entertainment

By Amit Khanna

Does social media really make us bad people?

Even as it brings users together, it divides them.

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What I learnt after spending five decades in showbiz

In today's world of hypermedia, stars might be bigger but they are much more fragile and transient.

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Reimagining India: What we did right and where we went wrong

There is definitely a need to redraw the blueprint of a resurgent India.

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What it means to be a celebrity in the digital age

Modern day celebs are hot air balloons who often reach dizzy heights but also quickly fall ingloriously into deep abysses of oblivion.

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I'm surprised Modi, like Indira Gandhi, has ensured Doordarshan remains biased and boring

DD's biggest drawback has been the reluctance of successive governments to give it the independence.

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I may be part of the minority who feels India is living in the most peaceful time in human history

Religion, cinema and cricket will remain India's greatest passions in 2018.

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I support Modi because he is India's best bet for development

If Hindus have done bad, I must say that the proponents of Islam have done worse.

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What Modi doesn't get about political communication, despite being best at it

If the PM gets five additional seats every time he speaks, there are a few leaders in the party who lose 10 seats for the party every time they speak.

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Breaking news that no one covered: How Indian media changed in 15 years

Credibility is out for a long walk. Trolls rule social media and Twitter handles are the new political handlers.

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How films and TV serials became our guide to Indian culture

The way we dress, eat, pray, live and die are so reflective of popular movies.

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Even by enforcing a regressive Hinduism, RSS can't change India

Our diversity has not altered for centuries and no government can alter it.

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What happens to famous Bollywood stars who fall on bad times?

In the last five decades, I have seen the marquee drop names with an alacrity that is ruthless.

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Why I will never say goodbye to Sadhana

Remembering my time with the eternal beauty who had an inherent sophistication about her.

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Relax. India’s secularism and tolerance are not at risk

I am neither a blind supporter of Modi nor am I willing to suffer a halfwit like Rahul Gandhi.

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10 of my favourite songs by Lata Mangeshkar

On the legendary playback singer's 86th birthday, here are some of the mellifluous gems from her repertoire.

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Why doesn't India produce maestros any more?

We revel in our mediocrity. When nothing works then we look back in anger at all possible misfortunes which befell upon us denying us greatness.

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Shashi Kapoor: An underrated thespian and filmwala

What attracted me to him was his suave behaviour yet be on back-slapping terms with mainstream filmmakers.

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Why India needs its writers, historians, entertainers and scientists

The country has to use its soft power in a more systematic way to increase its international clout.

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Modi was silent when he had to speak and spoke when he needn't have

The BJP's troubles began when the prime minister continued in the sloganeering and promise mode of electioneering for too long.

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Modi and Obama's Mann ki Baat was half-hearted

The PM is great on TV as well as social media, so why is he still using the radio to get his message out?

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Censor board: Glad to be rid of it

It's regressive, whimsical and totally useless.

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From the way we weave to how we bake bread, the world really hasn't changed

We might glorify how modern technology has transformed lives but if you scratch the surface, things will appear the same as before.

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How Bollywood bleeds money doing the same old

Stars have to take pay cut and Bollywood has to innovate if industry has to grow.

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Can Modi balance growth and development?

India is poised to grow but it begs a question on what will this growth signify in the 21st century?

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