articles by Aditya Mani Jha

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Vijayanand, the next pan-Indian phenomenon?

The movie, said to be the first biopic to come out of the Kannada industry, is based on the life of Vijay Sankeshwar, the founder of the logistics firm VRL Group.

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Capital A small a: Darsheel Safary excels in Amazon miniTV's sweet coming-of-age film

Revathi Pillai and Darsheel Safary star as teenagers whose height difference becomes a stumbling block in their budding relationship.

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Rajat Kapoor: The man who dons many hats

The filmmaker and actor talks about his latest projects, his formative influences and how clowns helped him find his unique voice.

Arts & Culture

Independence: A psychologically adroit successor to Little Women

The lives of three Bengali sisters are changed irrevocably by the events of 1946 and 1947 in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest novel.

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The Wonder: Mesmerising Florence Pugh performance leads Netflix's brilliant period drama

Based on a novel by the film's screenwriter Emma Donoghue, The Wonder beautifully tells the story of faith, family and exploitation is one of the best movies of the year.

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MINX: One of 2022's best comedies celebrates, satirizes the sexual revolution

Ophelia Lovibond and Jake Johnson star as co-founders of America's first erotic magazine for women in this intelligent, compassionate, uproarious comedy series.

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Breathe: Into the Shadows season 2 review: Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh performances let down by implausible writing

Mayank Sharma's bizarre thriller gets the atmospherics of a serial killer story correct, but the supremely lazy screenplay nips the potential in the bud.

Arts & Culture

Alan Moore's Illuminations is a truly mind-bending phenomenon

Over and above its many obvious strengths, Illuminations works because it understands the value of retaining just the right amount of inscrutability throughout.

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Indian Predator: Murder in a Courtroom, a must-watch for true crime fans

The new Netflix true crime docu-series does an admirable job of unravelling the strange and disturbing case of Akku Yadav, an accused in over 40 rapes and 3 murders, who was lynched to death by a mob of hundreds of women.

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Explained: Why All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the great war movies of our time

Netflix's adaptation of the classic Erich Maria Remarque pacifist novel, arguably, even improves upon the Oscar-winning 1930 film of the same name, thanks to its relentless technical wizardry and superb performances.

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Explained: How Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam ushers in DC's anti-hero era

Though its screenplay doesn't always match the weight of its ambitions, Black Adam is still an entertaining, allusive deconstruction of the onscreen anti-hero.

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House of the Dragon VS Game of Thrones: Why House of the Dragon is a massive improvement on Game of Thrones

It's one of those rare cases where a spinoff or a prequel (House of the Dragon) easily outstrips the original (Game of Thrones), and the direct involvement of George RR Martin has a big part to play in this development.

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The Peripheral: Chloe Grace Moretz leads a cerebral, visually impressive sci-fi mind-bender

Despite a flat, stifling screenplay, there's enough Big Ideas and visual splendor in The Peripheral to keep viewers coming back for more.

Arts & Culture

Annie Ernaux, champion excavator of memory, wins the Nobel Prize

Through her unique and deeply rewarding autobiographical works, the French writer Annie Ernaux pushes the boundaries of what nonfiction can achieve.

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The Journey of India review: Ambitious, maximalist and captures India and its progress since Independence

Discovery's new docu-series The Journey of India presents a confident, occasionally erratic portrait of a young, vibrant nation.

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Glory: An Orwell-flavoured allegory for the ages

NoViolet Bulawayo's Glory is one of the finest political satires of the last decade or so, and richly deserves it spot on the 2022 Booker shortlist.

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Netflix's DAHMER is slick, well-produced---and should not exist

Although well-made and blessed with great performances, Netflix's miniseries DAHMER is blatantly exploitative of the trauma suffered by the murder victims' families.

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Ticket To Paradise movie review: George Clooney-Julia Roberts' film never strays too far from its comfort zone

Like Roberts’ own earlier superhit Eat Pray Love, the South East Asian setting is largely cosmetic. There are no characters from Bali that are allowed to be anything other than comic reliefs or sympathetic ears for David and Georgia.

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Tales of the Walking Dead is a fine addition to the franchise’s already overflowing basket of hits

Samantha Morton is brilliant as usual. She delivers these expertly performed flashes of rage where we see the future Alpha in Dee’s eyes. It’s a remarkably subtle performance where she has to create a character that’s both new and not.

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Remembering the congenial genius of Indian cinema, Hrishikesh Mukherjee on his 100th birth anniversary

Born 100 years ago to this day, the iconic director would have found plenty to chuckle at when it comes to life circa 2022--especially the modes in which we as a society seem to consume and produce humour.