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Gaalis to chikankari — Gangubai is an Alia Bhatt show in Bhansali’s grand and violent world

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are larger-than-life. Gangubai is no different and the spotlight on Alia Bhatt never wavers.

Vikrant Massey, Sanya Malhotra shine in ‘Love Hostel’. But the film doesn’t

’Love Hostel’ streaming on Zee5 stars Bobby Deol, Vikrant Massey and Sanya Malhotra and is a bold choice in BJP-ruled India. But it fizzles out.

Bestseller tries, but is hilarious at best with Haasan’s fake accent, Mithun’s dad jokes

Bestseller is a sub-par show with some promise if you can soldier through it. But it has 'oh-so predictable 'twists' at its core.

Amitabh Bachchan and Nutan’s Saudagar showed how women’s labour is taken for granted

Director Sudhendu Roy's 1973 film, which was India's official entry to the Oscars, transports the viewer to the old worlds of Satyajit Ray or Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

‘A Thursday’ shows Yami Gautam go from Ms Perfect to Cruella of Colaba. But at what cost?

A Thursday, now streaming on DisneyPlus Hotstar, leaves more questions than it answers. But no one can deny Yami Gautam’s moment in the sun.

Making mistakes part of freedom but Mahaan makes one too many

Karthik Subbaraj, 'Chiyaan' Vikram, and terrific production, you can laud ‘Mahaan’ for the art. But that isn't enough.

Gehraiyaan isn’t Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. It’s millennial and love doesn’t win

Shakun Batra’s Prime Video release Gehraiyaan isn’t ‘bold’ — it’s life as we millennials know it, with anxiety attacks, complex stories and hopes of romance.

Badhaai Do is only a glimpse of what queerness is. It’s a Bollywood token for ‘hatke’ topic

The film had a queer script consultant, and it shows. But in 2022, it's not enough to show a glimpse of a pride walk to show ‘aal izz well’.

Shark Tank has a winning formula. And it’s taken over TV primetime from soap operas

Such has been the impact of the Shark Tank India that BoAt co-founder Aman Gupta’s “hum bhi bana lenge" has even made it to Zomato’s Twitter page.

Forget Gehraiyaan, Dev Anand & Waheeda Rehman’s Guide is the OG film of complex characters

The three-hour-long film is a cocktail of romance, melodrama, brilliant music-dance sequences, and a thought-provoking story.

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Wild elephants monitored under thermal UAVs in Maharashtra | RESQ Charitable Trust

We monitored wild elephants, leopards in villages with thermal drones first time in Maharashtra

Whether it's monitoring wildlife, mitigating conflict, capturing of wildlife on field, UAVs are effective tools to complement existing on-ground efforts.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.

Defence

File photo of former Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria after flying a MiG-21 of 51 Squadron at the Srinagar airbase | ANI

Famed IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 Squadron bows out from Srinagar today

Known as the ‘Sword Arms’, number-plating of the squadron was done Friday. It has made way for MiG-29s to be the new 'guardian of the Valley'.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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