Devansh Sharma
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Entertainment

The sense of an ending: Twin breakup songs that give more weight to pride than scorn or self-pity

Mehdi Hassan's ghazal 'Mujhe Tum Nazar Se' and Pritam's 'Channa Mereya' are lessons in coping with a breakup with pride rather than hatred — towards either oneself or the other.

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Deepika Padukone goes beyond the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2022, it's time we do too

Right when Deepika Padukone is about to be dismissed as "just another star," she throws the actor within at the naysayers. After stepping down as the MAMI Chairperson to do three money spinners, she's now struck back as a jury member at Cannes 2022.

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Jersey movie review: Shahid Kapoor's cricket drama is emotionally resonant, but thematically complacent

Jersey makes us find great comfort in familiarity. It's honest, but could have also been innovative and intricate.

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Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor's truly intimate ceremony wasn't usual celebrity wedding drill: it put home and family in focus

The colour palette of the décor at Vastu, along with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's outfits, reflected the warm, luminous, minimalistic affair their wedding felt like.

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How Mai on Netflix serves as an exploration of the mother's guilt

The mother's guilt allows Sakshi Tanwar's domesticated character in Mai to go through an extreme path in order to uncover her daughter's mysterious death. And the deep-seated pain of being a surrogate mother only compounds that guilt.

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Atul Mongia, Anshai Lal, Tanya Bami — makers of Netflix show Mai on why acting workshops are indispensable today

Atul Mongia, who pioneered acting workshops in India back in 2000s, is glad the film industry is warming up to the concept now, especially with streaming platforms like Netflix gaining ground.

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In defense of CODA: Apple TV's Best Picture winner at Oscars 2022 sang like no one's listening and made us feel heard

CODA tells the underdog tale of a girl with a voice in a deaf ecosystem. That was also the story of Apple TV, and the film itself, at Oscars 2022.

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Oscars 2022: Troy Kotsur wins Best Supporting Actor for CODA, becomes second deaf actor to bag Academy Award

Troy Kotsur dedicated his Best Supporting Actor win to the deaf, disabled, and CODA community in his Oscars 2022 acceptance speech.

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The Samuel L Jackson interview | 'I always wanted to do television, but they just wouldn't let me'

"I always wanted to be in a show like The Sopranos or The Wire. But my agents and managers, being the wonderful people they are, made sure I never had the time to do any of that stuff," says Samuel L Jackson ahead of debut show on Apple TV+.

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Ten years of Kahaani: When Vidya Balan told herself a story

What made Kahaani a riveting story, and not just a soulless thriller, is the mother's beating heart piercing through all the deception.

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Notes on The Bold Type finale — Rolling into future with reflections on ambition, growth, and self

The Bold Type is a smiling reminder that ambition and growth need not always be one-track. They could also entail coming back to where you were when you started out — because that's where you want to be.

India

Ukraine crisis sinks Indian markets, set to hit bilateral trade with Kyiv

India is Ukraine’s largest export destination in the Asia-Pacific and the fifth largest overall, official data shows. A breakout of hostilities will hit bilateral trade between the two countries

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The sweet somethings of Cheeni Kum: How Tabu's tanginess makes perfect palette cleanser to Amitabh Bachchan's saltiness

In R Balki's 2006 film Cheeni Kum, Tabu and Amitabh Bachchan play lovers divided by age [34 vs 64], lifestyle choice [non-vegetarian vs vegetarian], and tastes [sweet vs bitter].

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In the guise of a love triangle, Gehraiyaan is yet another affecting sibling story by Shakun Batra after Kapoor & Sons

Despite being set in widely varied worlds, a parallel can be drawn from Tia and Alisha's relationship in Gehraiyaan to that of Rahul and Arjun in Shakun Batra's previous directorial Kapoor & Sons.

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Lata Mangeshkar passes away: Veteran singer's most enduring songs, from 1940s to 2000s

From 'Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai' to 'Mera Saya Sath Hoga', Lata Mangeshkar has lent a range of moods to a wide variety of timeless melodies.

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'I keep looking for the Delhi I grew up in every small town I come across and set a story in': Aanand L Rai

"I miss my Delhi a lot. I try to keep that Delhi alive through my films. I can’t bring it back but I can bring a smile to the many like me who miss it as much," says filmmaker Aanand L Rai.

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Bollywood of the Wild Wild West days was superb, but I wouldn't want to go back there: Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra's new book A Place In My Heart is a capsule of her evolution along with the film industry she reports on — from a cub reporter in the Bollywood of the "Wild Wild West" days to "marrying into the mob," all the while building three major film organisations.

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With Do Dooni Chaar, Habib Faisal captured the spirit of Delhi's middle class bouncing back from 2008 recession

“I’ve been conscious that my Delhi should be accessible to all,” says filmmaker Habib Faisal. “It should not be an inside joke between me and the characters in my head.”

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In defense of 83: Why Kabir Khan's cricket drama is as pan-India a film as there can be one

What is a 'pan-Indian' film? Full of VFX and action? In that case, yes 83 did not have tacky slow-mo sequences or bodies getting pummeled by the hero, but the action on the field was poetry and the world-building authentic.

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Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein: Tahir Raj Bhasin is what Shah Rukh Khan could have been in a Netflix show

Tahir Raj Bhasin's layered performance reminds one of what Shah Rukh Khan could have achieved had he been given the luxury of six hours of runtime to build a character and live through the conflict.