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Drishyam 1 and 2: Why Jeethu Joseph’s films are not the  average cat-and-mouse chase

Drishyam 1 and 2: Why Jeethu Joseph’s films are not the average cat-and-mouse chase

Written by : Shreya Seth What happens when the life of an ordinary person living a normal life with his family, tucked in a remote corner of someplace, is suddenly disrupted one day? To what extent can he go to protect his family, especially when they are being interrogated by the mighty and powerful administration and police who pledge to not give up until they prove them guilty? Writer- Director, Jeethu Joseph, is a master storyteller for a reason, and his films ‘Drishyam’ (2013) and its sequel ‘Drishyam 2: The Resumption’ (2021) bear testimony to that. When Drishyam (meaning to…
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Family Man – Season 2 : A distorted notion of History for Generation Z

Family Man – Season 2 : A distorted notion of History for Generation Z

Written by :Simran Saini You must have heard the term pop music? Well, with the advent of innumerable OTT platforms, and the wide range of content available to the public, we are now welcoming the age of ‘pop’ series/dramas. These platforms offering pocket-friendly subscription packages and multi-user access, host a wide range of dramas, movies and documentaries. Although there is so much content available on these platforms, a few of them become so popular that they go viral for all the right or wrong reasons. These are the series people cannot stop tweeting, instagramm-ing and whatsapp-ing about. These are the…
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The Social Dilemma- Who breaks the spell?

The Social Dilemma- Who breaks the spell?

Written by : Shreya Seth Photo credit : Shutterstock.com The new Netflix docu-drama, ‘The Social Dilemma’ begins with a dramatic background score and a disconcerting quote-cum-disclaimer that subtly fades in : ‘Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.’ Well intentioned and carefully structured, this documentary-drama hybrid that runs into 1hr 33 minutes, has come as a reminder, if not a revelation to many. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, ‘The Social Dilemma’ attempts to tell us all about the big bad world of social media right from the horse’s mouth- in this case, a bunch of apologetic ex-employees of…
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Coronavirus spread in India : elements of promoting fascism

Coronavirus spread in India : elements of promoting fascism

From director’s desk : Written by : Jayanta Chakrabarty Illustration by : Avijit Ghosh To instil fear and heighten the sense of vulnerability in majority of the general population, the tactic of portraying the minority section of the population as an evil force and the cause of all the miseries of the country is the favourite tool of the fascists. In the present context of global pandemic situation with the spread of coronavirus, Hindu radical groups are using the tactic to infuriate public opinion against the entire Muslim community, which is actually the very source of their own political existence.…
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Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Kaamyaab (Round Figure): The Success-dream of Every Commoner

Written By : Simran Saini New Delhi, India Photo: Official Facebook Page Film Review: Kaamyaab (Round Figure) Country: India Director: Hardik Mehta Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal. In Hindi cinema, the line between the new and the old is not a thin one. To the general public, who goes to the cinema only for ‘entertainment’ (read item numbers, popular actors and fascinating plots), this line may be thick, but almost a blur. If you look closely though, you may read the words ‘critically acclaimed’ engraved on this line. This term has become quite common these days, among the viewers of…
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Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 : Win of  Collective Conscience over Religious Jingoism

Delhi Assembly Elections 2020 : Win of Collective Conscience over Religious Jingoism

From director’s desk Written by : Jayanta Chakrabarty Illustration by : Suman Choudhury In the beginning of January 2014, I was in Delhi. Dhoom 3 was released in theatres a few days back and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had formed a minority government in a hung assembly with outside support of 8 legislative members of Indian National Congress, with Arvind Kejriwal as the Chief Minister. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) was biting the dust instead of being the signal largest party with 31 elected members in an Assembly of 70 seats. It was a tumultuous political situation; it was…
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CAA – NRC : Struggling Economy and the Unconstitutional Dream of Creating a Hindu Nation

CAA – NRC : Struggling Economy and the Unconstitutional Dream of Creating a Hindu Nation

Written By: Dr. Trina Biswas Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Photo Credit: shutterstock.com Let me make it clear, this time I want to be on the right side of history. Nowadays so many netizenswould argue that you cannot protest about this incident today since you did not protest about something that happened in 1450 BC, you cannot take the side of that group when you didn’t say anything while the other group was suffering. Yes, I get it, I was wrong. I chose to be silent about something that happed long before…
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CAA Protest Scenario in Assam : The Facts and What the Political Parties Have to Say

CAA Protest Scenario in Assam : The Facts and What the Political Parties Have to Say

Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Pema Bhadra Case 1 One Mr Narayan, age 60 plus, charred to death while sleeping inside a hotel owned by a Bengali. The hotel, with 5 other shops were set on fire by the so-called anti-CAA agitators in Tinsukia District, Assam. By the way, his death did not find any space in the local newspapers, news channels. Case 2 An oil tanker heading to Numaligarh Refinery set on fire by six youths on three bikes. The driver of the Tanker Abdul Ali died inside the cabin. Helper Moslemuddin is fighting for his…
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Detention Centres in Assam: The Current ‘Home’ for Nationeless People

Detention Centres in Assam: The Current ‘Home’ for Nationeless People

Written By: Pema Bhadra Guwahati, India Photo Credit: Pema Bhadra A lush green field. Gentle bridge mixed with drizzle. A river flowing in the backdrop washing the feet of the hills. Everything around is so fresh, so green…. Ideal place indeed for a weekend trip. In fact, setting up a resort here won’t be a bad idea. Now, the feel-good factors end up here. Yes, a big complex is being built right there with multiple-storied buildings. But it’s not a resort, it’s a prison. A prison biggest in its class. World’s number two in status. The name we call it…
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Hong Kong Protest: Fighting for the Future of Democracy

Hong Kong Protest: Fighting for the Future of Democracy

Written by : Dr. Trina Biswas Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA October, 2019 Hong Kong - situated on the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, is one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities and currently home to almost 7.39 million people. Hong Kong was occupied by British for almost 150 years and on July 1st, 1997, the British Government handed over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China on an agreement that Hong Kong will retain itshigh degree of autonomy for 50 years, until 2047. Under this…
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