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What is life like as refugee? Oscar-nominated Flee shows Afghanistan at its best—and worst

From Kabul's 'liberated' heights to 1980s Soviet regime, Taliban invasion and refugee life—Flee shows the horrors of escaping a warzone.

Enjoyed ‘Anek’? Here are 7 films from Northeast that shed light on love, life & culture

From a tale of love in a submerged village to the unique food culture, Northeast India's films offer an unvarnished view of the region — without bias.

Don’t get lost in the bhool bhulaiya of remakes, see Mohanlal’s Manichitratazhu—the original

In the 90s, when most horror films took to special effects and prosthetic makeup to generate fear onscreen, Manichitrathazhu stood tall with a great storyline.

Anubhav Sinha’s Anek only mildly hints at AFSPA violence in Northeast but drives point home

It's heartening to see people from the Northeast represent themselves on screen, speaking their own language and their ‘Hindi’. It's a message for India.

HoiChoi’s Mahabharat Murders is modern-day Kurukshetra where Duryodhana takes revenge

The OTT series is a typical crime thriller—bureaucratic settings, revenge, romance. What's unique is the blend of myth and modernity in a new India.

Acharya is ‘hero-worshipper’ first, story later—watch it only for Chiranjeevi-Ram Charan duo

One would expect a lot from a movie that took three years to complete filming and has two Telugu superstars. But ‘Acharya’ is unimpressive on many levels.

ZEE5’s Marathi ‘zom-com’ Zombivli is no Go Goa Gone or Shaun of the Dead. But it does enough

Zombivli does get caught up in the same progressions—from outbreak to zombie violence—we’ve seen a million times. But it gives a few surprises.

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.

On Camera

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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.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Army puts out tender for 30k ‘night sights’ so its US-made assault rifles can aim better in dark

While an open tender has been issued for procurement of the optical instruments, Bengaluru-based firm Tonbo Imaging, whose services the Army has previously used, is a frontrunner.

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.
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