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A power-packed tale of self-discovery, Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu is among Kollywood’s best

Written by Jeymohan and directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu is only the first instalment of a thrilling series.

A wacky multiverse fantasy, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ beats Marvel—on all counts

'Everything Everywhere All at Once' blends infinite possibilities of cosmogenesis with a heartwarming story.

‘Astras,’ action and adventure—Brahmastra is the Bollywood fantasy India has been waiting for

Brahmastra is massive and beautifully handled. There's no compromise on visual effects and the shots are breathtaking. But it is weighed down by romance.

‘Cuttputlli’ is among the worst of Akshay Kumar’s career, which takes some doing

Cuttputlli, loosely based on Soviet serial killer Anatoly Slivko, is a lesson in what not to do with a crime drama.

Glitz, glamour, ‘first-world’ problems—Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is a guilty pleasure

Maheep, Bhavana, Seema and Neelam are back with their lives in the second season of Netflix's show. It's the desi version of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Idris Elba’s Beast is frenetic, fun and brings the South African bush alive

The Beast poster suggests a bonkers battle between a man and a lion with Idris channelling his inner Dwayne Johnson. Thankfully, the final product is not that.

Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings a gamble that can go either way. But women take the lead

Based on Tolkien's novel, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay's series might test longtime fans' patience. But it's helpful for new entrants to Middle Earth.

After action films, Pa Ranjith turns to politics of love in Natchathiram Nagargiradhu

Dhanush’s Thiruchitrambalam reiterated the simple language of love. Natchathiram Nagargiradhu is quite far from it, but the intention is the same.

Game of Thrones prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ has a lacklustre start but all’s not lost

The show, streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, is set nearly two centuries before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen.

Criminal Justice doesn’t get it right this season. Watch it for Pankaj Tripathi

The season tries to look at the world of teenage mental health and stardom, but does not quite manage to make an impact.

On Camera

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File photo of Supreme Court | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC ruling on hijab & Gyanvapi won’t just be limited to faith. It’ll be about our democracy

While petitions against Karnataka’s hijab ban are an opportunity to define student rights, those against Place of Worship Act can be a platform to ensure a robust law-making procedure in India.
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

LCH Prachand at Jodhpur Air Base | Photo: Suchet Vir Singh, ThePrint

IAF gets indigenous Light Combat Helicopter ‘Prachand’ after 23-yr journey that began after Kargil

Manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, it is the first attack helicopter that can operate in Siachen. Of the 15 sanctioned, 10 will go to Indian Air Force, 5 to Indian Army.

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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