Monthly Archives: May 2016


AWAARGI: Love Unfair Movies

Love is complicated. That’s the easy part. But it may not be quite as easy to understand that it is not necessarily just. And that it is sometimes blatantly unjust. And also that on certain occasions it is perfectly capable of tearing one apart with disarming innocence. One can only squirm and fume, and get frustrated when that happens because there is nothing that one...

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SHAUKEEN: Unapologetically Lustful, Age No Bar Movies

To make a movie about three lecherous old men salivating at every woman and girl who has the misfortune of falling within their eyesight was indeed a courageous thing to do back in the 1980s, or in any era that we have seen, for that matter; particularly so in India. That’s because we have never been comfortable with lust and advancing age. To us, lust...

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TRIYACHARITRA: Remarkably Restrained Movies

Child marriages have been part of a larger social reality in India as well as elsewhere for a long time, and while all child marriage might not have turned into disasters, certain social circumstances could and did turn some of them into blazing nightmares. Triyachartira tells the story of a child bride, Bimli (Rajeshwari), who is betrothed to a boy at an early age of...

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Miranda Rights – II: Miranda’s Misfortune Crime File

The officers brought the teenager into the doorway and asked Ernesto if she was the girl he had raped. Ernesto believed that the girl had already identified him at the line-up. “That’s the girl,” Miranda said. Once the girl left, the officer asked Ernesto to write his confession on a sheet of paper at the top of which was the disclaimer that the suspect was...

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Miranda Rights – I: The Crime That Reshaped The Law Crime File

On March 2, 1963, at around 11:00 p.m., as a certain 18-year-old (by some accounts 17-year-old) teenager walked down the street, a car pulled out of a driveway and stopped a block ahead of her. A man emerged from the car and started walking towards her. She wanted to pass him by, but he grabbed her with one hand while the other hand covered her...

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The Eyeball Killer of Texas – II: Albright Is Guilty? Crime File

The police obtained a warrant for Albright’s arrest and had his house at Oak Cliff in  El Dorado raided after midnight on March 22, 1991 by the elite tactical squad. They placed a call on the house to ensure that Albright was at home when they raided. When a male responded to the call, they moved in by smashing a window and hurling stun grenades...

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The Eyeball Killer of Texas – I: Flipping Needle of Suspicion Crime File

The case of Texas Eyeball Killer, which is how the killer is generally referred to in popular media, is not included in most of the books and articles written on serial killers because despite being suspected of three murders, the alleged killer was finally prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for just one. When, on December 13, 1990, the kids first came across the almost nude body...

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