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Say ‘no’ to Gray, Amazon miniTV’s film on consent, and move on. It’s lazy stuff

The 30-minute short movie, Gray starring Did Mirza is made with the best of intentions, but it fails to give its characters or ideas any justice.

Kangana Ranaut’s Dhaakad is high-octane action with no fizz. But it has a few surprises

Director Razneesh Ghai has managed to tick off the major ingredients of an action drama. But the script pulls down the talent of its cast.

A one-time watch, Anees Bazmi’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 suffers under shadow of Akshay’s original

While Kartik Aryan gives it his best shot, the film solely rides on Tabu, who slays as Manjulika.

Hilarious, emotional, real — Amazon Prime has raised the bar with Panchayat 2

Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav team up to make Panchayat 2 an absolute treat to watch.

Watch ‘Puzhu’ for Mammootty – an ageing superstar given a script worth his stature

In Ratheena PT’s debut film Puzhu, theatre and mythology come together to show Indians the nuances of caste and class. Without being preachy.

Jayeshbhai Jordaar’s non-macho hero works well. But it’s an old message in new bottle

In a Bollywood of Kabir Singhs, we need more Jayeshbhai Jordaars. But Divyang Thakur’s debut loses track in the pursuit of a happy ending.

Modern Love: Mumbai is all about ‘ishq, mohabbat, pyaar’. But it’s not that ‘modern’

Modern Love: Mumbai's attempt to create a desi version of the US series is worth it. But choosing to not show how Covid changed love is too big a miss.

Saani Kaayidham is an indulgent tale of revenge drama. But its violence feels simplistic

Violence is an essential cog of Amazon Prime Video's Saani Kaayidham — it is the facilitator for the initial conflict, the solution, and redemption.

Thar has Anil-Harshvarrdhan Kapoor star power but what shines is its distinctive art direction

The Kapoors put in serviceable portrayals but are outdone by highly capable character actors like Satish Kaushik and Fatima Sana Sheikh.

‘Multiverse of Madness’ is Scarlet Witch ft Dr Strange in Sam Raimi’s horror masterclass

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is visually stunning, refreshing, scary — a heady tempering peppered with moments of MCU fan service.

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Representational image for Indian rice | Commons

India’s protectionist moves spark fear that rice export may be curbed next after wheat, sugar

The country has stockpiled more than enough rice and prices have been under control. Meanwhile, rice is the one staple grain that’s helping to keep world food crisis from getting worse.

Defence

NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

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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