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Irrfan Khan. Photo: Film History Pics on Twitter

Irrfan’s 8 finest performances and what made them so special

From a rebel athlete to a don’s aide to a clueless man navigating the world of dating apps, Irrfan could do it all.
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Loved Oscar-winner Parasite? But that may not be the best Korean movie you would have seen

A good film can come from India, Mexico, Korea, but it is subtitles that connect the makers with audiences by allowing the accessibility of a variety of cinema.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump during the ‘Howdy! Modi’ event in Texas last year | Photo: Scott Dalton | Bloomberg

Sanjaya Baru on altered India-US relations, Ruchir Sharma & Sandipan Deb go to the Oscars

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Sanjaya Baru, Ashok Gulati, Ruchir Sharma, Tamal Bandopadhyay, Prabha Kotiswaran & many others.
Parasite director Bong Joon Ho |

Oscar winner Parasite borrowed from 1999 Tamil film? Some in Chennai say yes

People in Chennai are comparing Minsara Kanna, featuring Vijay and Monica Castelino, with Korean Oscar winner Parasite.
Oscar statuettes in different stages of the plating process, wait to be finished at a factory in Chicago | Photo: Frank Polich | Bloomberg

Oscar event has become a political stage. But White, male-led Hollywood isn’t catching up

Don’t read too much in Natalie Portman’s cape with names of snubbed female directors or in four awards to Korean drama Parasite. Oscars is yet to come of age.
The crew of Parasite accept the Academy Award for Best Film | @Jasra_tauheed | Twitter

‘Parasite’ overtakes Twitter, Congress has desi Oscars, Priyanka Gandhi & ‘Daddy’s girl’

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.
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This is why Parasite earning Best Picture at the Oscars is a big deal

Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean film Parasite made history by becoming the first film not in English language to win an Academy Award for the Best Picture.
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Netflix is the big loser at Oscars 2020 after getting most nominations for any studio

Netflix won only two Oscars — for the documentary American Factory and for Marriage Story, which scored an award for supporting actress Laura Dern.
The crew of Parasite accept the Academy Award for Best Film | @Jasra_tauheed | Twitter

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite becomes first non-English film to win best picture Oscar

The South Korean film, a dark comedy and commentary on class politics, also took home the Oscars for best international feature and best director.
A customer tries out a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Fold smartphone at the company's D'light flagship store in Seoul, South Korea on 6 September

Oscar surprise: Samsung debuts a more compact foldable phone

Smaller & more compact than Samsung’s original foldable the new squarer device harkens back to the familiar form of flip phones, albeit at a larger size.

On Camera

Doctors wearing protective suits check residents with an electronic thermometer inside a slum in Worli, Mumbai | PTI

Mumbai is now India’s national Covid epicentre, but it is not what New York City is to US

In episode 482 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta looks at Covid data from Maharashtra and Mumbai, which has become the epicentre of coronavirus in India.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

More midair refuellers, UAVs — Bhadauria explains how IAF is bracing for new nature of war

In an interview to ThePrint, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria says the IAF is not in favour of ‘rigid theaterisation’ as it will divide already scarce IAF combat assets and effort.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.