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Ghoomketu review: The Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer has its moments but falls flat

Even brilliant actors cannot save this film, now streaming on Zee5, from its weak script and poor editing.
Rasika Dugal as Safia Manto and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Saadat Hasan Manto | Source: Nandita Das

Why I made Manto’s wife Safia feistier than she probably was: Nandita Das

In her book ‘Manto & I’, Nandita Das talks about making a film on the famous writer and Safia, his wife, who was often his first reader.
A cow shelter in Madhya Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Desi cows’ health benefits, Baby Kejriwal’s date with AAP & when Plotus-Flotus met Lotus…

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
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Drugs, religion & politics: Sacred Games Season 2 doesn’t paint a rosy picture of India

Like the first season of Sacred Games, the second season too has some really powerful women — but they are mere catalysts in the men’s lives.
Sanya Malhotra and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from the film | Facebook

Ritesh Batra’s Photograph captures an unusual romance between two strangers

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra-starrer Photograph has all the ingredients of a typical Bollywood love story, yet it clicks.
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Nandita Das’ Manto is a befitting reply to Sunny Deol’s Gadar-like jingoism

Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Manto humanises India-Pakistan conflict, shows it's beyond guns and glory. 
Illustration by The Print Team.

What it was like to be on the sets of Nandita Das’ Manto

Not just Nawazuddin Siddiqui, artistes like Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Rasika Dugal too acted in Manto just for the poet.
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Islamabad varsity says only men can smoke on campus, draws flak from human rights minister

Here's what's happening across the border: Celebrations as Sharifs are released from jail; country discusses issues of Uighur Muslims with China for the first time.
Mohan Bhagwat speaking on a podium

RSS’ vision of Hindutva is not meant to oppose anyone, says chief Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief, speaking on the inaugural day of three-day conclave, also praises Congress role in the freedom movement.
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Nawazuddin wanted ₹1 for Manto— Promotional gimmick or Bollywood upholding artistic cause?

Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the lead actor in the film Manto, offered to do the role of the Urdu writer for a nominal fee of Re 1. Other actors like Rishi Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey and Javed Akhtar also wanted to come onboard pro bono. ThePrint asks: Nawazuddin wanted ₹1 for Manto— Promotional gimmick or Bollywood upholding artistic cause? Nawazuddin’s decision was not influenced by a shoestring budget, Manto is being produced by Viacom 18 Sharanya Munsi Web editor Bollywood has mastered the art of publicity gimmicks. Be it relationship rumours of its movie leads or claims of stunts without body doubles, they have done it all and with perfection. However, over the years, the gimmicks have only gotten subtler and indirect, but still revolving around the idea of making any film a box office success. Naturally, Nawazuddin Siddiqui offering to accept Re 1 as the fee for acting in Manto, predicted to be a path-breaking project, is...

On Camera

20 days since soldiers’ death in Galwan, ‘patriot’ Ajay Devgn decides it’s movie material

India’s stand against Chinese aggression is at best foggy, with military talks still underway. But actor-producer Ajay Devgn couldn't wait lest Akshay Kumar claimed the subject.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India can’t replace China at manufacturing, not without paying more: Economics commentator Martin Wolf

In conversation with ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times, Martin Wolf discussed India's fiscal deficit, banking sector and its potential in the global market.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
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It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.