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 |  7-minute read
History, Padmaavat, Bollywood, Manikarnika

Mughal-e-Azam to Manikarnika: How Bollywood is forever in love with history, kings and queens

With a 'historical', you get magnificent characters, spectacular war scenes, superb sets and unforgettable songs. But the sword has an edge: the risk of inaccuracies, and protests!


 |  3-minute read
Jingoism, Padmavati, Padmaavat, Baaghi 2

5 shades of jingoism: From 'Raazi' to 'Simmba', how Bollywood played with your mind in 2018

There’s a thin line between nationalism and jingoism, and in 2018, Bollywood leaned precariously to the other side


 |  3-minute read
Karni Sena, Padmaavat, Odisha, Kalinga sena

Why Shah Rukh Khan must pay for 'Asoka'. Just not the way the Kalinga Sena wants

Here's what the Kalinga Sena can do instead of throwing ink and waving black flags.


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Bollywood, Padmaavat, Salman Khan, Sanju

Bad boys, big bucks: Why all Bollywood movies of the 300-crore club this year star a bad boy

Success has no formula. But actually, Bollywood's 300-crore-club has.


 |  4-minute read
Padmaavat, VHP, Salman Khan, Bollywood

VHP objects to Salman's production Loveratri: No, we will not fall into the trap this time

VHP president has said that the mockery of 'Navratri' will hurt the sentiments of Hindus.


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Honour Killing, Jauhar, Padmaavat

Padmaavat producer defends deadly jauhar sequence

Viacom 18 COO Ajit Andhare tells Suhani Singh about the trials and tribulations faced during the making of the film.


 |  4-minute read
Mansplaining, Padmaavat, Padman, Bollywood

Padmaavat or Pad Man: When will Bollywood stop mansplaining women's empowerment?

People have the right to tell their stories, but how long will it be until women are allowed to tell their own stories.


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Padmaavat, Karni Sena, RSS, Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone's poster can save crops from 'evil eye', but can it save theatres, cows and Indian Army?

There are many places in this country that need her strong presence.


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Brahmins, Bollywood, Padmaavat, Manikarnika

Manikarnika is the new Padmavati: Why custodians of women's pride find it easy to target Bollywood films

Sarva Brahman Mahasabha has threatened to stall the shooting of the Kangana Ranaut-starrer, claiming it distorts historical facts about Rani Laxmibai.


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Sati, Jauhar, Alauddin Khilji, Rani Padmini

Why is everyone making a big deal about jauhar?

Just as a warrior, or a spy, or a fugitive chooses to die than fall in enemy's hands, it is the same spirit that drove women to self-immolation.