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Not all superheroes wear a cape. Netflix’s Minnal Murali wears a Mundu

When one thinks of superhero movies, one can anticipate violence or crime and lots of pseudoscience. Minnal Murali is nothing like that.

In 83, Ranveer Singh captures Kapil Dev’s mannerisms well. But director Kabir Khan falls short

On a scale of the farcical ‘Victory’, to the powerful ‘Iqbal’, ‘83’ ranks straight down the middle in India’s cricket film library.

In Hawkeye, Clint Barton saves Christmas. It’s a holiday feast

Hawkeye may not have the alternate realities of Loki or the magical world of WandaVision, as it is conventional at its best.

Atrangi Re not a typical Bollywood Tanu Weds Manu love triangle. It’s a fun surprise

The way Atrangi Re looks at the repercussions of living in a conflicted atmosphere, and the consequences of violence, deserves special mention.

‘Spider-Man’ is a nostalgia-soaked tribute. Superheroes need not be killing machines

With great power comes great responsibility — for Spiderman and Marvel. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, starring Tom Holland and Zendaya, is fan service at its best.

In Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Ayushmann Khurrana confronts transphobia, and well

Chandigarh is the perfect place to locate Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor's new movie. It blends new and old, paratha and keto.

Hotstar’s ‘Get Back’ is an 8-hour journey into The Beatles. But they could’ve let it be

Peter Jackson’s eight-hour-long, three-part documentary is like overdosing on doughnuts; eventually, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t stop at three.

Bob Biswas was an 8-9 min brilliant character in ‘Kahaani’. He should’ve remained there

A spin-off of Kahaani, ‘Bob Biswas’ focusses on the assassin originally played by Saswata Chatterjee, but an unnecessary recast has proven to be the film’s downfall.

Between #MeToo second chance and cancel culture, Apple TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ finds its feet

The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, shows the power of a second chance in its latest season.

No more unrealistic spies—Kay Kay Menon’s Special Ops 1.5 isn’t about secret missions

Special Ops 1.5 moves from espionage to 'sexpionage' and honey-trapping. That's unlike your Bollywood spy movies.

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What it will take to vaccinate the world against Covid

A Q&A with vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, author of 'Preventing the Next Pandemic', on developing a low-cost Covid vaccine, and why Omicron won’t be the end of the pandemic.
File photo of Mukesh Ambani | Photographer: Prodip Guha/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.

Defence

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Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
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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