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Just like in Hindi Medium, protagonist Champak Bansal (Irffan Khan) is a simple-minded halwai, but this time in Udaipur, not Chandni Chowk. | Photo: YouTube

Irrfan’s Angrezi Medium retains ‘Hindi’ charm but loses way with over-complicated plot

A takeoff from 2017 hit Hindi Medium, Angrezi Medium explores the Indian middle-class aspiration of studying abroad through the lens of a touching father-daughter dynamic.
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Kaamyaab review: Sanjay Mishra delivers the goods in this bittersweet filmy story

Predictable but highly watchable, Hardik Mehta’s film shines with a strong cast and understated storytelling.
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Thappad review: Must-watch story of every Indian woman that will make you uncomfortable

Taapsee Pannu’s new film will quietly shake you from within and change the way you look at violence in everyday life.
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Nutan’s understated yet powerful performance in Bandini is a masterclass in acting

Bandini is special for many reasons — Nutan’s performance, Bimal Roy’s direction, and Gulzar’s debut as a lyricist.
A still from Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan | YouTube

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan review: Perfect primer for Indians to talk about homosexuality

This Ayushmann Khurrana and Jitendra Kumar-starrer will make you laugh out loud and think twice about how accepting Indian parents really are.
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Love Aaj Kal review: How not to make a film, feat. Imtiaz Ali

An incoherent mess from start to finish, this Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan film will leave you exhausted.
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Shikara review: Beautiful but not the untold story of Kashmiri Pandits it is marketed as

This Vidhu Vinod Chopra film works as a love story in dark times, but keeps politics as a backdrop.
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Jawaani Jaaneman review: Saif Ali Khan shines in this lack-lustre comedy drama

Director Nitin Kakkar gives us a film with well-thought-out characters but a plot that lacks the oomph factor.
A still from the film Panga, starring Kangana Ranaut | YouTube

Panga review: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s film will lift your heart and make you laugh

A heartwarming tale of sacrifice and overcoming the odds, Kangana Ranaut-starrer Panga only slightly misses the mark by not pushing hard enough.
A still from Good Newwz, Kareena Kapoor | YouTube

Elitist and insipid — Akshay-Kareena’s Good Newwz can easily be given a miss

Good Newwz review: Recycled humour and a lost plot make for a snoozefest with mixed messages about parenthood and pregnancy.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

India must keep Beijing on tenterhooks, and wisely use its economic statecraft

A knee jerk disruption in trade ties will hurt Indian businesses, especially at a time when the economy is beginning to re-adjust to the new normal of Covid-19.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

India’s fuel demand from cars to factories is beginning to bounce back

Provisional fuel sales in June climbed within 88% of 2019 levels from less than half in April in the midst of the world’s biggest lockdown, oil ministry said.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

India keeps tight watch on Pakistan as ceasefire violations rise at LoC amid China standoff

According to govt figures, April, May and June (as of 25th) have seen 387, 382 and 302 ceasefire violations, respectively — a three-fold rise since 2018.
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India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese.