RANG DE BASANTI: What a synthetic nightmare! Movies

So, the story begins: an all white woman wants to make an all ‘brown’ documentary on India looking through the lens of a long spent yesterday….so…that would be…I guess…a yellowish-brown, dusty documentary of some sort. Naturally, the Englishmen are not interested in something so ‘untouchable’. Therefore, she is left alone with her idea. Alone, but resolute, she comes down to India to shoot her documentary...

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The invisible hand Philosophy

Who decides what one will be? In whose hands does one’s future lie? These are the questions that sound big and ring loud. Let’s try the smallest possible question. Who decides what one thinks? Now, anybody can answer this one. And nearly everyone would come up with a wrong reply, for the most obvious answer is not quite the answer. It is not the thinker...

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Photo Courtesy: The National General

Teary, he stood watching from a safe distance. The strong jack-rod came crashing on the feeble wooded pillars supporting the hut-like shelter that had so far protected him and his juice-drinking customers from the scorching sun. Eight uniformed policemen stood watch to prevent any unlawful interference in law enforcement. Four of the policemen had pistols hanging from their waists in the holsters that hid most...

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt Law

In an article titled Dance of the Wolves in Tehelka (weekly magazine; Vol. 5, Issue 17), the box declares: Many of the accused were given anticipatory bail even before they were arrested. The result: accused are roaming free. Well, for the sake of clarification, anticipatory bail can only, and only, be granted ‘before the arrest’. After the arrest, it’s regular bail. And ‘accused’ are ‘roaming free’...

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Jihadist Terrorism: Is Death Penalty Enough? Law

With Kasab’s judicially mandated death, if and when it takes place, we would finally have the satisfaction of having buried another drying leaf of the carnivorous forest of terrorism. Of course, none of us is naïve enough to believe that the forest would even do as much as spend a moment in silence at the burial. It’s business as usual. But the newly planted saplings...

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Lamhaa: No ‘story’ and nothing ‘untold’ Movies

Training camera on Kashmir’s truth is no child’s play because there are simply too many versions of too many truths involved in the composite reality of the blood-soaked heaven-on-earth. Likewise, understanding the politics of Kashmir is quite a daunting task because there are just too many players with varied interests grinding their respective axes. Lamhaa promises to tell the ‘untold story of Kashmir’ and ends...

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HIGHWAY: Stale Dish Overheated Movies

One can’t simply mix Stockholm Syndrome, Child Abuse and the idea of love-on-the-go in different proportions, throw in some rustic dialogues, and tout it as path-breaking cinema. It is a ‘different’ movie only to the most naïve of the audience; for the rest it’s a cocktail of The World Is Not Enough, Monsoon Wedding and Jab We Met. Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) wants to bask in...

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Beggars and Salesmen General

A salesman is a beggar in suit and a beggar, a salesman in tatters. That’s what finally marketing comes down to. I read an interesting piece (Beggars can be retailers) by Indrajit Hazra and enjoyed it thoroughly for its hilarity and the punch it packed. Indrajit feels that beggars, if they are properly dressed, could make great salesman. Well, no, because there talent lies in...

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Sir what kind of students do u like or enjoy while teac… — Attentive and receptive, as the students should be. Mor… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 2 weeks ago

Single? — Not for anybody to whom it matters. l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 2 weeks ago

Mr. Gandhi, I, for one, am fine with your telling the world that all India is shit. Just don't say it's alright to be shit for that reason. 2 weeks ago

Arnab Goswami made fun of Karan Johar along with Rahul Gandhi. Did Johar disclose that he did not vote for the BJP? :-p 2 weeks ago

If this was a political assassination, the perpetrators and their protectors must pay both legal and political price for it. 2 weeks ago

A true journalist is nobody's friend. He or she is the speaker of the truth and revealer of the facts. Such people have enemies all around. 2 weeks ago

What really happened, and who did what are important questions to be answered before we point fingers even if we know where the rot is. 2 weeks ago

What's this debate really about? A journalist has been slain for the journalism she practiced. Let's get to the bottom of it, and then talk. 2 weeks ago

Kevin Rudd's following an account featuring a picture of a scantily clad woman raised eyebrows. How tame. :-p nyti.ms/2xUuVnD 2 weeks ago

There you go. The world takes note. twitter.com/nytimesworld/s… 2 weeks ago

Could self-reinforcing self-righteousness be one of the reasons? 3 weeks ago

Why does Mr. Modi only follows the supporters of the Hindu Nationalism project? Why aren't his critics on the list? 3 weeks ago

If Mr. Modi follows Mr. Bachchan, Mr. Tendulkar, Ms. Arundhati Roy, Mr. Amartya Sen and the likes, it is understandable. Why Dadhich? 3 weeks ago

Why does the Indian Prime Minister follow absolute nobodys on Twitter? To stay in touch with the masses? Masses without the critics, is it? 3 weeks ago

Is that an undemocratic autocrat at the helm who demands unquestioning obedience? indianexpress.com/article/india/… 3 weeks ago

The godman turns out a common criminal. goo.gl/k5cZE3 4 weeks ago

20 years is not so bad for Baba ji. This would be the true 'sanyaas' for the unholy Baba. 😝 4 weeks ago

Baba Rapist: This was not a fit case for a little over the minimum sentence. 4 weeks ago

The trial courts do not go easy on the accused in such cases usually, and leave it to the superior courts to reduce sentences. 4 weeks ago

Baba Rapist: A sentence enhancement by the superior courts wouldn't surprise me. 4 weeks ago

"The arrested men have told that they wanted to sacrifice themselves for the Dera chief and were part of Quarbani Wing, set up by Dera." 4 weeks ago

Life imprisonment is not easily handed down, but the spiritual leader status of Baba ji makes his crime severe enough for a lifer. 4 weeks ago

It is unlikely that Baba Ram Rahim is getting under 10 years in prison. 4 weeks ago

Saudi Man Divorces Wife For Walking Ahead m.ndtv.com/world-news/sau… 1 month ago

Sir, don't you just want to know sometimes that who is … — I have responded to a similar question/input before. He… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 1 month ago

So much for data protection. goo.gl/QWMs3R 2 months ago

Great news. Kick the misbehaving asses out. goo.gl/8gc6Qu 2 months ago

Armed Forces veterans write open letter to PM Modi: Condemn targeting of Muslims, Dalits | The Indian Express indianexpress.com/article/india/… 2 months ago

@pradeep33246599 Who is Babu Bhaiyya? Learn to talk if you really feel the need to interact. 2 months ago

What aspirations? To be exposed to one less language instead of one more? Promote Kannada, don't resist Hindi. goo.gl/DdjJsP 2 months ago

I am sure a small fraction of the Black Money unearthed through the demonetisation can solve it. goo.gl/obJrx8 2 months ago

Killing in the name of Gau Bhakti not acceptable: PM Modi goo.gl/pkT7kG -via @inshorts 3 months ago

What shit do they keep spewing from the wrong end of their bodies. goo.gl/QUq3ZE 3 months ago

You are custodians of public money and trust. We may not like you, but the roads are ours! goo.gl/QUq3ZE 3 months ago

So much for Make in India. goo.gl/N835dJ 3 months ago

@attorneybharti I wonder to how many does that thought of yours even makes sense. 3 months ago

How the hell is that sedition? 😳 goo.gl/VaDHNz 3 months ago

Knock knock. "Who is it?" "Indian PM." "Go away!" Headline: India successfully knocks at France's doors, Spain welcomes. 4 months ago

What's 'successful' about it? What, per contra, would an 'unsuccessful visit' mean? When they don't open the door? :-| 4 months ago

What do they mean by "PM's successful visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France"? That he managed to go, deliver a speech and come back? 4 months ago

How many lightbulbs does it take to change a lawyer? — Zero. Lawyers don't change lightbulbs, electricians do. l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 4 months ago

PM catching up with PC over Baywatch. Maybe the film is of national importance. Saanskari, Aayurvedic, Yogic or pro-cow? 4 months ago

Am I the only one confused about the Indian Prime Minister meeting an Indian actress in Berlin? 4 months ago

For me your classes had always been about exposure to c… — Ha ha ha! I don't think I have any command over any sub… l.ask.fm/igoto/45DKECN7… 4 months ago

I don't normally judge people for their crappy taste, but if you like 'Dhinchak Pooja', I am prepared to make an exception. :-| 4 months ago

Better to die free than live in chains. Liberty for security is no trade. 4 months ago

And now a bio-degradable car. At least someone is thinking about the environment and climate change. goo.gl/Ntr2r0 4 months ago

They need to bring in their 'leadership' in everything, like they were not a government, but a 'bhajan mandali' goi… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 months ago

@SushmaSwaraj You can't help referring to your divine 'leadership', can you? It's India, led by Harish Salve, defen… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 months ago

American President might quickly become a national security threat to the US. What irony. twitter.com/nytimes/status… 4 months ago

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And this is not 'ripping apart'; this is just 'being an asshole'. twitter.com/hemrajsingh/st… 4 months ago

Arnab Goswami of @republic rips apart Brijesh Kalappa of @Incindia #Nati... youtube.com/watch?v=i69VY3… 4 months ago

@sardesairajdeep You might find this entertaining and disapponting at the same time, but watch anyway. youtu.be/i69VY3v2laI 4 months ago

@sardesairajdeep Yes. Certainly not easy any longer, particularly with the kind of buffoonery the Arnab guy shamele… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 4 months ago

Your red beacon has nothing to do with Muslims, Imam Sahab. goo.gl/5SY3DU 5 months ago

Arnab is back with a band, and he is the 'baaja'. 😝😝youtu.be/zJbcayAJtNI 5 months ago

Even that did not work well. 😝😛 goo.gl/oa8gU7 5 months ago

Why the drama? Who does Bieber think he can fool by this gimmickry? Such PR disaster, this. goo.gl/uzrSzh 5 months ago

This baby boy with a girl's voice is the rage now. Are we deaf now only because it's 'in' to be so? goo.gl/8VcBkd 5 months ago

There you go. Their 'religious' feelings are now hurt. Soon, not being hurt at such things would be anti-national. goo.gl/rvaUNj 5 months ago

The question is not whether he could or not, the question is what concrete evidence you have to suspect him? goo.gl/11ZtUJ 5 months ago

I am with the Board on this. Obscenities are not acceptable, and must not be mainstreamed by the movies. goo.gl/mg1JIq 5 months ago

No, that's incorrect. The 'two countries' did not sign any 'MoU'. It was BCCI and the PCB, two cricket profiteers. goo.gl/PmKfOV 5 months ago

Nobody is with God. Nobody cares. You need to be more specific than that. Name Him and see the outrage. 😝😝 goo.gl/jK5lLC 5 months ago

Fine for kissing, and then a bigger penalty -- marriage. Life imprisonment for kissing? On the cheek at that. 😝😝 goo.gl/SbJd2y 5 months ago

That's some serious team work. Heartening to see the selfless, collective resolve and effort. 🙂 goo.gl/WL3dU3 5 months ago

How are these chest beaters going to compensate for the harassment and loss of business caused to the hotel? goo.gl/NnktDY 5 months ago

Yes, we need some consensus on this if this has to go anywhere, and has to be done right. goo.gl/W2nidI 5 months ago

Sounds like good news. goo.gl/7NRMXe 5 months ago

This is nonsense. The Ramayana belongs just as much to Ravana as it belongs to Lord Rama. Both angels and demons ha… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 months ago

CBFC demands removal of Hanuman dialogue in Sarkar 3: Report goo.gl/iUGnKp -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Bails remain intact despite dislodged middle stump in match goo.gl/7P6YnC -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Jakarta governor found guilty of blasphemy, jailed for 2 yrs goo.gl/CoMkZx -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Triple talaq unsustainable, violates basic women rights: HC goo.gl/Wy7Lsu -via @inshorts 5 months ago

80% are corrupt, but not all of them. And this fellow is the crusader, the new messiah. Social media gives a soapbo… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 months ago

80% of officers in BSF are corrupt: Sacked jawan goo.gl/80nCk1 -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Note ban did not impede future black money flows: UN Report goo.gl/D6GqHj -via @inshorts 5 months ago

The man was completely out of hand perhaps because he was out of his mind. How did he become a High Court judge, I… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 months ago

CS Karnan becomes first sitting HC judge sentenced to jail goo.gl/Pysvqh -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Government with biometric information is too dangerous, particularly when acting in the garb of national interest. twitter.com/hemrajsingh/st… 5 months ago

Yes, it is. We don't want to add another security risk, and certainly not in conjunction with the most powerful ent… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 months ago

The biggest privacy risk is your smartphone: Nandan Nilekani goo.gl/M4Xy7Y -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Really? Role model? For the millenial generation? Right. That's why the GenMil is swimming in the sewers already. 😐 twitter.com/hemrajsingh/st… 5 months ago

Bieber is role model for millennial generation: Amjad Ali goo.gl/sRjSLF -via @inshorts 5 months ago

Tharoor challenges Republic TV to prove 'false claims' goo.gl/Zv4HjS -via @inshorts 5 months ago

We are fast becoming a cow-loving, human-indifferent and Muslim-hating nation, or so it seems. 5 months ago

No. Never been a deterrent. But makes us feel that justice has been served. Let's be content with that. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 5 months ago

Right. And what is the government doing or thinking of doing about it, if anything at all? twitter.com/swamy39/status… 5 months ago

@singer_shaan Jealousy towards Sonu? How could the promise to not tweet anything that is likely to spread hatred be… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 5 months ago

@Gonu1_Jha Okay. In that case we are done here. Good Day. 5 months ago

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