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Jana Gana Mana is a carefully crafted cinematic gem that loses shine after interval

Streaming on Netflix, the film is a political thriller that means business. Right from the get go, it brings several uncomfortable debates at the forefront.

Samrat Prithviraj is so focused on Muslim invaders that it forgets the king himself

Every recent Akshay Kumar film has been the same but in different outfits. The business strategy of selling nationalism probably needs revision.

Major nails patriotism without jingoism, aptly recreates the horror of 26/11 attacks

Mahesh Babu-produced Major’s action scenes are well-directed, befitting India’s elite forces. The film focuses on showing what makes one a soldier and a hero.

What is life like as refugee? Oscar-nominated Flee shows Afghanistan at its best—and worst

From Kabul's 'liberated' heights to 1980s Soviet regime, Taliban invasion and refugee life—Flee shows the horrors of escaping a warzone.

Enjoyed ‘Anek’? Here are 7 films from Northeast that shed light on love, life & culture

From a tale of love in a submerged village to the unique food culture, Northeast India's films offer an unvarnished view of the region — without bias.

Don’t get lost in the bhool bhulaiya of remakes, see Mohanlal’s Manichitratazhu—the original

In the 90s, when most horror films took to special effects and prosthetic makeup to generate fear onscreen, Manichitrathazhu stood tall with a great storyline.

Anubhav Sinha’s Anek only mildly hints at AFSPA violence in Northeast but drives point home

It's heartening to see people from the Northeast represent themselves on screen, speaking their own language and their ‘Hindi’. It's a message for India.

HoiChoi’s Mahabharat Murders is modern-day Kurukshetra where Duryodhana takes revenge

The OTT series is a typical crime thriller—bureaucratic settings, revenge, romance. What's unique is the blend of myth and modernity in a new India.

Acharya is ‘hero-worshipper’ first, story later—watch it only for Chiranjeevi-Ram Charan duo

One would expect a lot from a movie that took three years to complete filming and has two Telugu superstars. But ‘Acharya’ is unimpressive on many levels.

ZEE5’s Marathi ‘zom-com’ Zombivli is no Go Goa Gone or Shaun of the Dead. But it does enough

Zombivli does get caught up in the same progressions—from outbreak to zombie violence—we’ve seen a million times. But it gives a few surprises.

On Camera

YourTurn

India's presidency will be taking G20 closer to public: MEA

Joko Widodo led G20 in tough times, Modi also has the responsibility of the underdeveloped

While we pat ourselves on the back for growing number of startups, we need to pause and consider the reasons for our poor show on the industrialisation front.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.