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Sabbir Khan’s Nikamma has fresh cast, ‘new’ Shilpa Shetty but promises migraine for the day

Shilpa Shetty sheds her '90s heroine avatar in Nikamma. But the film's Gen Z romance makes it fall flat.

Comic, surreal—‘Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon’ is this year’s Hindi cinematic marvel

Helmed by theatre stalwart Anamika Haksar, ‘Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Le Ja Riya Hoon’ is a slice-of-life film on Delhi’s Shahjahanabad.

Amazon’s Udan Patolas about 4 Punjabi women in Mumbai isn’t the silly sitcom it wants to be

A new series for Amazon's mobile-exclusive MiniTV, Udan Patolas leans into fish-out-of-water silliness but fails to be funny enough to progress beyond mediocrity.

TRP or ethics? Sonali Bendre’s The Broken News gets Indian media right. With a dash of fantasy

Sonali Bendre's maiden OTT venture on Zee5 sees her playing an ethical journalist who just can’t seem to get the TRPs.

Jurassic World Dominion brings ‘90s nostalgia but it’s the same old dinosaur plot

Top Gun: Maverick too relied on nostalgia but blended new elements to create a laudable experience. The Jurassic Park franchise doesn't even try.

Janhit Mein Jaari is a great ‘could have been’ film about condoms. That is a sheer loss

In Janhit Mein Jaari, Nushrratt Bharuccha plays a woman who has to sell condoms in a small town in MP.

Tax cuts, nationalism and Amit Shah’s blessings aren’t saving Akshay’s Samrat Prithviraj

As Samrat Prithviraj moves to the brink of abject failure, Southern films like Major and Vikram see massive uptick in viewership.

Jana Gana Mana is a carefully crafted cinematic gem that loses shine after interval

Streaming on Netflix, the film is a political thriller that means business. Right from the get go, it brings several uncomfortable debates at the forefront.

Samrat Prithviraj is so focused on Muslim invaders that it forgets the king himself

Every recent Akshay Kumar film has been the same but in different outfits. The business strategy of selling nationalism probably needs revision.

Major nails patriotism without jingoism, aptly recreates the horror of 26/11 attacks

Mahesh Babu-produced Major’s action scenes are well-directed, befitting India’s elite forces. The film focuses on showing what makes one a soldier and a hero.

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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.