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How Hindi Films Got So Good

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...and started looking beyond tired formulas and megastars and multi-starrers and all those yawns

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A New, Forgiving Amma

CHENNAI ~ The fireworks that exploded in Chennai after J Jayalalithaa won a landslide victory on 13 May were by no means going to end with just the crackers. It only signalled the beginning of…

Suspended Animation

NEW DELHI ~ There is utter confusion about the fate of Special Police Officers (SPOs) in Chhattisgarh after the recent Supreme Court judgment. The state government has decided to file a review…

Sonia versus Manmohan

The most critical changes in the Cabinet reshuffle 12 July were dictated by economic rather than political concerns. They indicate an ongoing tussle between 7 Race Course Road, supported by the…

The End of Swiss Secrecy

Swiss banks are no longer as safe as they used to be. In the past six years, the veil over thousands of American account holders in these secretive banks has been lifted. Within a year or so, the…

Deathly Hallows

The last few months on the silver screen have been dominated by superheroes: Kung Fu Panda, Transformers and X-Men. Joining the bandwagon is the wizard boy-next-door, Harry Potter, and his entourage…

Stupid Questions for Lucky Ali

Last week, Lucky Ali, forgotten singer, songwriter, composer and actor, made a reappearance after five years with the launch of his new album, Raasta-Man, in Mumbai. Amid incessant camera clicking, a…

SOS for the Sanskrit Daily

The world’s only Sanskrit daily is struggling to survive. The world’s only Sanskrit daily is struggling to survive. As it nears its 42nd anniversary, the Mysore-based daily Sudharma is in dire…

Step out at Your Own Risk

Most women who have had a taste of Mumbai hate Delhi. Mumbai is the land of the free, Delhi has dangers lurking at every corner. While there is little to be done about the male gaze, in Mumbai, as a…

The Centre Cannot Hold

Two ministers boycotted the swearing-in, a third one blamed “vested interests” for the loss of his portfolio, and yet another called the Cabinet reshuffle “a game of kho-kho”. All this was unheard of…

The Political Education of Rahul Gandhi

After walking a little less than a hundred kilometres on his first ever padyatra, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi told a bunch of villagers that mingling with folk like them had taught him…