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‘Borderlands’ shows what it means to live on India’s borders today. It counts the human cost

The 67-minute documentary refuses to engage in the 'us vs them' debate. Instead, it follows the lives of six people on India's borders.

Netflix’s Meenakshi Sundareshwar is all about the ‘South Indian aesthetic’. It lacks basics

The 2.5-hour-long film is about Tamil culture made by non-South Indians, who are extremely focused on convincing you otherwise.

From Xenophobia to lazy comedy — Sooryavanshi sums up issues with Bollywood’s police films

The Rohit Shetty film starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif underpins its moral centre on the phrase — “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”.

Obsessed with true crime? Hotstar’s Only Murders with Steve Martin is the parody you need

Beware, crime show fans, Steve Martin and John Hoffman’s new show will make fun of you too.

Forget Dil Chahta Hai, Raj Kapoor-Nargis starrer Chori Chori was the first road trip movie

On Manna Dey's death anniversary, remembering how the song "Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi" is more popular than the film itself.

The horror in Netflix’s ‘Burari Deaths’ is that any of our homes can be a ‘house of secrets’

As journalists, police, neighbours, friends and even family try to make sense of what happened in the Delhi household in 2018, it’s clear that we’ll always ask ‘what if’.

Sardar Udham opens a new, rarely told chapter on the Independence struggle

Indians have seen the Independence movement in cinema from the eyes of Gandhis, Nehrus and Patels. Sardar Udham offers a rare peek into a rebellion led by Bhagat Singh’s HSRA.

In Subah, Smita Patil’s character broke glass ceiling of what ambitious women can’t do

Smita Patil plays Savitri, a woman who is capable, intelligent and ambitious, but often finds herself caught up in the complications of family life.

Apple TV show ‘Ted Lasso’ passed its greatest test — winning over football fanatics

Football fans don’t get too many shows and movies they like. And the less said about ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’ the better.

‘Billions’ doesn’t have too many fans. But it is everything you need to know about America

What happens in a show that’s Goliath-vs-Goliath? Enter ‘Billions’, a show inspired by the prosecution of hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen by Preet Bharara.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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