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Dobaara: See Your Evil Movie Review

This film has no surprises if you have seen Oculus, the 2013 Hollywood film of which it is a remake. Dobaara is an exact retelling of that story and adapts an identical editing pattern in guiding us…

A Death in the Gunj Movie Review

Konkona Sen Sharma has set this film around New Year’s Day, 1979. The story of a week spent at a Bungalow at McCluskiegunj, an Anglo Indian settlement in Jharkhand, could easily have been a true…

What Powers the Dalit Resurgence

FILMMAKER STALIN K’S AWARD-WINNING 2007 documentary on untouchability, India Untouched, features a Varanasi priest, Batuprasad Sharma Shatri, who declares animatedly before the camera that only…

A Combative Coach

AS THE OLD cliché goes, cricket is a team game played by individuals. The batsman bats, the bowler bowls, the fielder fields, the captain captains, and, away behind the scenes, the selector selects,…

The Advantages of Indecency

AS IT TURNS out, Paresh Rawal was the smarter one with the foresight to know just what it means to get kicked off Twitter for a political activist. He deleted his tweet about Arundhathi Roy being…

Populism and ‘Covfefe’ Politics

IT’S AS IF the leader of the free world is a badly imagined dictator from a Latin American novel of a certain vintage. As he whines against the press, history and other demons lurking in the shadows…

The Two Farooq Ahmed Dars of Kashmir

IN JANUARY OF 1990, the Indian state suffered a breakdown in the Kashmir Valley. A month earlier, New Delhi had agreed to release five militants in exchange for Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the then…

Modi’s war Against Black Money Intensifies

LAST WEEK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Assam. The headlines the next day were all about him inaugurating India’s longest bridge, connecting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It was a typical…

Modi in Europe

THE HEADLINES AND the comparisons said it all. Soon after Narendra Modi left Germany for the next leg of his tour in Europe, newspaper headlines began suggesting that India was the new bulwark for…

A Matrimonial With a Heart

NEARLY A DECADE ago, a 24-year-old pharmacy student came to meet Dr Avinash Joshi, a Nagpur- based psychiatrist, with an unusual complaint. There were people spying on her, she said. They had even…