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Loose plot, tight acting: In Amazon Prime’s Jalsa, Shefali Shah outshines Vidya Balan

Jalsa's a nail-biter as it approaches its climax. By the end of the film, you'll find yourself sitting at the corner of your seat with goosebumps.

The Kashmir Files tries showing 1990 exodus ‘truth’ but Vivek Agnihotri gives it death blow

It could have been a stunning tribute to the Kashmiri Pandits' cause, but Agnihotri’s personal opinions tank the film's credibility.

Maaran has a script so wobbly even Dhanush can’t save it

The best scenes in this over two-hour-long film are some of the interactions between Smruthi Venkat and Dhanush.

Hotstar’s Rudra is tailored to fit Ajay Devgn’s persona. But its villains steal the show

Devgn's portrayal of an ‘unconventional’ cop is at its intense best in Hotstar's Rudra. It adds to his role in Singham, Sunday, Insaan and Gangajal.

Baghjan Reels — a stirring documentary on the victims of India’s longest oil well fire

The oil leak in Assam's Baghjan didn't capture media attention as the Vizag incident. But the 34-minute-long documentary is a grave reminder of its cost.

Robert Pattinson is the best Batman and finally shows Sherlock Holmes side of the superhero

In The Batman, Reeves delivers a thriller that stands on its feet devoid of the ‘superhero’ genre, and a Batman rooted in realism.

Ambedkar, Bachchan, caste, sport — Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Jhund’ says a lot by saying nothing at all

Digital India, caste privilege, and Babasaheb Ambedkar — there isn’t a single frame in Jhund that does not have a meaning or purpose.

Ekta Kapoor’s Lock Upp promised ‘masala’, but Kangana Ranaut just can’t move on

There's an element of Big Boss and Aap Ki Adalat in it, but we can only hope it gets better. Or even Kangana Ranaut wouldn't able to save it.

Why’s Ukraine President Zelenskyy a winner? Watch TV comedy ‘Servant of the People’ for answer

The show represented the comedy career of Zelenskyy, who had done it all from winning dance shows to playing Paddington Bear and Napoleon.

Madhuri Dixit is the plot, and ‘The Fame Game’ her canvas

Madhuri Dixit plays Anamika Anand, a veteran Bollywood star whose life and layers unfold as the eight-episode Netflix series plays out.

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World’s $300 trillion in debt. Here’s what it means for services like health, education

To meet debt payments, at least 100 countries will have to reduce spending on essential services, the IMF estimates.

Defence

Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet pulls off its first successful launch from a ski-jump at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, US | Photo credit: Boeing

2 American Super Hornets in India as Boeing looks to showcase fighters for Navy deal

Navy looking at about 26 multi-role deck-based fighters for its aircraft carrier. Visit by Super Hornets comes close on heels of similar trip by competitor Rafale M of Dassault Aviation.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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