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Sanjay Dutt: The Last Anti-Hero

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Sanjay Dutt in life and art

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Sanju Movie Review

The cinematic resurrection of the actor and convicted felon, Sanjay Dutt, is now complete. Thanks to the active collaboration of writers, actors and producers from the Hindi film industry, the…

The Pitch Update

DIVYA SPANDANA HAS fans requesting selfies with her wherever she goes. This actor-turned politician from Karnataka who now heads the social-media division of the Congress party obliges such…

The Last Anti-Hero: Sanjay Dutt in Life and Art

How do you respond when the country’s top filmmaker offers you the role of a lifetime? Well, if you’re Ranbir Kapoor you turn it down via text message. That’s basically what happened when Rajkumar…

Meltdown in London

TWO YEARS AGO, in another summer, Britain revolted in a cathartic assertion of nationhood. The Brexit vote was the precursor to the ‘nativist’ uprising that would later put the outsider in the front…

A Conspiracy of Men

INDIA HAS JUST been ranked the most dangerous country in the world for women, according to a global survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The Washington Post reports that this was, ‘because of…

Haley’s Path

IT IS INTERESTING to see the manner in which Nikki Haley and the last big Indian-American name in American politics, Bobby Jindal, are viewed in India. Both are Republicans and former governors.…

The Emergency Is Long Gone

IN RECENT DAYS there has been extensive commentary on the 43rd anniversary of the Emergency that was imposed in India in June 1975. Parallels—mostly faux—have been made with the present time, with…

The Video Referee Is At Play

ABOUT 15 MINUTES before the final bell, long after Lionel Messi’s exquisite goal and the Nigerian equaliser, as the spectre of an Argentinean elimination began to appear all too real and the songs of…

Open Diary

IT WAS AROUND the beginning of 2009 that I first got onto Twitter. I came across a slightly puerile and over-opinionated article in an Indian newspaper mocking LK Advani’s use of blogs to signal the…

The Surfer’s Guide to Advertising

WAVES ARE WAVES, so catch em early. This has been the stuff of lazy advice for years and years, but it’s rejected often enough by those who’d rather go against the flow. An example is the flutter of…