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Mission Majnu lacks imagination but watch it for Sidharth Malhotra

Despite being free of jingoism, Mission Majnu at no point has edge-of-the seat moments.

Vasan Bala’s Cinema Marte Dum Tak wants you to show some love to B-grade movies of the 90s

The Amazon Prime docu-series gives an ode to 90s films that were about dacoits, dangerous beauties and dungeons.

That ‘90s Show gives comfortable old-timey sitcom vibes. But it lacks punch of original

If matching up to the charm of That '70s Show was the creators' goal, then they were setting themselves up for failure.

Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam another absurd gem from Lijo Pellissery. Mammootty makes it better

Lijo Jose Pellissery, one of Malayalam cinema’s most ingenious filmmakers, has attempted to stray away from his ‘master of chaos’ image with this film.

Authentic and brilliant, The Test 2 is the cricket documentary we’ve all missed

In 2023, The Test has returned with a second season that blows its predecessor out of the water in every aspect, showing the value and appropriateness of brevity.

With Netflix’s Trial by Fire, OTTs finally get tragedies right

The impact of the series is that the fire isn't its highlight. Prashant Nair has shown the relentless struggle of the Krishnamoorthys with conviction.

Arjun Kapoor and Tabu starrer Kuttey is an assortment of guns, gangs and gaalis

Debutant director Aasmaan Bhardwaj holds the mix of performances and Gulzar’s stellar lyrics. But the best bit are the dialogues written by Vishal Bhardwaj.

Varisu is a long tribute to Vijay’s superstardom. Director Vamshi has nothing new to offer

Varisu repackages an old story and serves it using an outdated template. But fans of Vijay will get their money and time's worth.

Thunivu’s plot so wobbly you forget it at the end. But it’s a visual treat for Ajith fans

When two Tamil superstars go head-to-head against each other — Ajith in Thunivu and Vijay in Varisu — it warrants a celebration. But Thunivu disappoints on many levels.

Watch Mumbai Mafia if ‘D-Company’, encounters and the ‘terror’ of Bombay still intrigue you

Mumbai Mafia focuses on how a few cops became larger-than-life figures as they tackled the rising terror and Mumbai’s organised crime through encounters.

On Camera

YourTurn

Representative image Mizoram's counter-insurgency institution, Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte | ANI/Twitter

With Myanmar’s war at Northeast borders, India must side with Mizos...

Like with ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka or Bengali Hindus in Bangaldesh, violence against Chins has unleashed anger in Mizoram. New Delhi's time for cogitation is running out.
Representational image of Indian currency notes

‘Heavily exposed’: Indian banks ill-prepared to handle challenges of clean energy...

Report by think tank ODI says that of 10 large banks surveyed, only 4 collect information on environmental, social, and governance risks, reaffirms findings of previous research.

Defence

The Army band performs during Beating Retreat rehearsal at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. 27 January, 2023 | Photo ANI

‘Ekla Chalo Re’ to ‘Saare Jahan se Achha’ — military bands...

At this year’s Beating Retreat ceremony, Indian tunes based on classical ragas will be performed by military bands. There will also be 3-D anamorphic projection and drone shows.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.