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From in-depth interviews and carefully curated opinions to hard-hitting political analysis and even the latest movie reviews, check out News and Views!

    BellBottom Review: Akshay Kumar’s Film Is a High-Jacked Flight From Start

    BellBottom Review: Akshay Kumar’s Film Is a High-Jacked Flight From Start

    It’s for a noble cause after all. BellBottom becomes the first major Bollywood film to release in cinemas after the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also one of the first Indian films to start shoot during the pandemic. It's set in the 1980s against the backdrop of a number of Indian Airlines hijackings by forces hostile to India.




    This has to be a separate genre- the “Akshay Kumar” genre- where all other characters can literally laze on a hammock and that would have no bearing on the story because our man Akshay Kumar is the only one who can do anything of consequence anyway. Also, we know how such endeavours are destined to end – with a national anthem, Tricolor et al.




    Couple of minutes set aside for Kumar’s entry, then Kumar’s dare devilry and since its on the big screen even the interval ad will have Kumar telling Nandu off and then ends with Kumar sorting the mess. There is just a lot of Akshay Kumar! 

    Tune in for the full review!

    VO: RJ Stutee Ghosh

    • 5 min
    'Shershaah' Movie Review: Capt Vikram Batra's Biopic Is Watchable

    'Shershaah' Movie Review: Capt Vikram Batra's Biopic Is Watchable

    It’s been 22 years since the Kargil war. Shershaah is based on the life of Captain Vikram Batra who bravely fought for the nation and was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously. Now without this context if we were told the story of a young man who grew up wanting to join the Army, and is so fearless that he charges towards the enemies without a second’s thought for his own safety, a guy so dramatic that when his girlfriend feels a little insecure he cuts his finger with a blade and fills her maang with his own blood, we’d be tempted to find it all so 'filmy ' and unreal. But that’s not be coz this is the life our swashbuckling real life lead hero.

    Sidharth Malhotra who feels more at home in the “peace time” scenes with Kiara Advani does a fairly decent job too as a man in uniform given the limitations of the script.



    Simplistic storytelling aside there is a certain honesty about Shershaah that touches us. It could have been so much more evocative and compelling but still definitely watchable.



    VO: RJ Stutee Ghosh

    • 5 min
    'Sedition, UAPA Laws Have No Place in Democracy': Former SC, HC Judges

    'Sedition, UAPA Laws Have No Place in Democracy': Former SC, HC Judges

    "Vagueness of the law allows prosecution agencies to charge people. Even 70 years after Independence, our judges don't seem to realise what is sedition, what is terrorism," said former Supreme Court judge Deepak Gupta, who, along with four other former judges, called out the stringent UAPA and sedition laws at a recent public webinar.




    The webinar titled “Democracy, Dissent and Draconian laws – Should the UAPA and sedition have a place in our statute books?" was organised by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms and the Human Rights Defenders Alert.




    The panelists included former SC judges – Justice Aftab Alam, Justice Madan Lokur, Justice Deepak Gupta, Justice Gopala Gowda – and former Patna high court judge and senior advocate Anjana Prakash.



    Tune in to the podcast for more!

    Audio Source: Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) and Human Rights Defenders Alert (HRDA).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Review: 'Mimi' Reduces Its Titular Character to a Sad Stereotype

    Review: 'Mimi' Reduces Its Titular Character to a Sad Stereotype

    Mimi, streaming on Netflix, is a film that deals with surrogacy. It's full of dialogues and scenes that are a little on the nose, talking about the pious relationship between a child and its mother. However, the dominant presence is that of melodrama. Mimi is as filmy as it gets, and I don’t mean this as a compliment.

    Tune in for the full review!

    VO: RJ Stutee

    • 4 min
    'Toofaan' Review: Farhan Akhtar Impresses In This Predictably Dull Boxing Drama

    'Toofaan' Review: Farhan Akhtar Impresses In This Predictably Dull Boxing Drama

    The last time Farhan Akhtar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra came together was for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a well intentioned but tiresomely told story based on the great Milkha Singh’s life. In Toofaan, all the trappings of a commercial sports biopic are again summoned and a few minutes into the film the fatigue has already set in.

    An underdog pulsating with passion, finds direction and purpose in life under the watchful eyes of his coach. All roads then lead to a nail-biting climax where his victory is inevitable. In Toofaan this trajectory remains unchanged. Ajju bhai (Farhan Akhtar) is the Dongri ka gangster who redeems himself as the skilful boxer Aziz Ali.

    However, in its eagerness to impress all, the film simply abandons this narrative track and dilutes its own message thereby making Toofaan feel bloated and even unnecessary. Trapped by the requirements of formula filmmaking, Toofaan is more gas than a raging storm that it was intended to be.

    VO: RJ Stutee

    • 5 min
    UP's Population Control Bill: Coercion As Policy Will Not Work

    UP's Population Control Bill: Coercion As Policy Will Not Work

    On 9 July, the Uttar Pradesh government released a draft of the proposed Population (control, sterilisation & welfare) Bill 2021 with an aim to make a two-child policy mandatory for those who wish to avail government benefits.




    Two days later on the occasion of World Population Day, the government also released the state’s population policy saying that the governments aim to bring the birth rate down to 2.1 by 2026 and also reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.




    While it is a fact that since Uttar Pradesh along with Bihar makes up for about 23 percent of the whole country’s population making it quite important for population control strategies to be put in place, can the Uttar Pradesh government’s proposed measures achieve its intended goal?




    Shailaja Chandra the Former Secretary in the Ministry of Health weighs in on the hotly discussed subject. She also talks about her experience on ground from when she served as the first Executive Director of Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh or National Population Stabilisation Fund. Tune in!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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Good work

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Biased sellouts

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