Tuesday, 5 July, 2022


Code M to Test Case—Ekta Kapoor gets it right on women in Army

The Navy will use Agnipath to recruit women as sailors. But there is a visible gap on our screens too – women are usually missing from shows on Indian military.

Partition, SRK, hijab—why Indians and Americans must watch Pakistani Ms. Marvel

Muslim families have no voice in most Hollywood series, but Ms. Marvel breaks that wall. There’s Eid, 'Jalebi Baby', SRK fandom and even Partition.

Lagaan showed nationalism without hate 21 years ago. It has a lesson for Bollywood now

Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Lagaan strikes a chord for every Indian — whether you love cricket or not.

Women politicians in Indian cinema emerged with Indira Gandhi. Now they’re just placeholders

OTT content like Dasvi or Panchayat 2 may have women leads. But their rise to power is often inorganic—the disturbing trend mirrors India's widening gender gap.

Ittu Si Baat to 83—cricket films haven’t knocked it out of the park. They need a fresh ‘spin’

Going by what we have been served so far, the upcoming Chakda ‘Xpress, Mr and Mrs Mahi and Shabaash Mithu don't seem promising.

Punjabi music more about love and lehengas, less about guns. Check out YouTube data

From Gurdas Mann to Guru Randhawa, Punjabi music has come a long way—but guns have never emerged as a top theme.

Pushpa to Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2—Covid altered Indians’ entertainment buds, masala movies are back

RRR, KGF 2, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 are breaking box office records. But films with a social message like Anek are struggling to meet budget costs.

Young women to grandmothers, why everyone is watching ‘Anupama’, forget the hiccups

Anupama on StarPlus has become one of the highest-rated Hindi shows in recent times and has nearly 600 episodes.

Aamir Khan was the OG method actor. Problem started when he turned to comedy

From 'PK', '3 Idiots', 'Dhoom 3' and now 'Laal Singh Chaddha', Aamir Khan's formulaic theatrics seem to have taken center stage in his performances.

Don’t single out Punjab for gun violence. Data tells a different story

Pegged to the population, Punjab has low incidents of crimes reported under arms and explosives related matters.

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(L-R) Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, and Narendra Modi | ThePrint

India has interests on both sides of US-China divide. Cold War holds clues for path ahead

India’s strategic balance is weighted towards the West and its economic balance is towards China. But it needs more to build a multipolar world order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.