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Civil services main examination to be conducted from Friday, says Union Public Service Commission
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Civil services main examination to be conducted from Friday, says Union Public Service Commission

The states have been told that if necessary, the e-admit cards of the candidates and the identity cards of the examination functionaries are to be used as movement passes, the UPSC said

Manoj Bajpayee looks back at 2021, The Family Man 2, National award win and more
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Manoj Bajpayee looks back at 2021, The Family Man 2, National award win and more

Manoj Bajpayee on 2021 being an exceptional year for him: 'I’m taking the compliments and praise coming my way with a lot of humility'

Death to 2021 review: Another stingingly therapeutic newsreel that kicks in the groin of a year we'd like to forget
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Death to 2021 review: Another stingingly therapeutic newsreel that kicks in the groin of a year we'd like to forget

Death to 2021 may not have the originality of its predecessor but some acutely clever writing and spiky jabs at politicians, cultural oddities, and events that occupied the majority of 2021, make this one hour a perfect companion to float into a better year – hopefully.

From Milkha Singh to Dilip Kumar to General Bipin Rawat and more: Icons who left us in 2021
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From Milkha Singh to Dilip Kumar to General Bipin Rawat and more: Icons who left us in 2021

India's first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat died in a chopper crash near Tamil Nadu's Coonoor.

Best Indian Films 2021: Of fairytales and mythology, unfairy tales and bitter realities
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Best Indian Films 2021: Of fairytales and mythology, unfairy tales and bitter realities

I’ve confined this collection to those that were either released in theatres in the past 12 months or on OTT platforms or both, not just at festivals, to keep it accessible to the public.

2021 in charts: Bollywood scored high with Shershaah hits, rivalled by non-film music, Punjabi hip-hop, K-Pop
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2021 in charts: Bollywood scored high with Shershaah hits, rivalled by non-film music, Punjabi hip-hop, K-Pop

As the most played tracks of the year across streaming platforms in India (listed below) shows, the biggest hits are still coming from Bollywood films, even those that did not have a theatrical release.

Most memorable Tamil films of 2021, from Karnan, Sarpatta Parambarai to Mandela, Jai Bhim
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Most memorable Tamil films of 2021, from Karnan, Sarpatta Parambarai to Mandela, Jai Bhim

In a year when we needed solace, reassurance, hope, and an escape the most, cinema did not fail us. So in no particular order, here are some of my most memorable Tamil cinematic experiences in 2021.

How patriotism on screen continued in 2021, with period films like Sardar Udham and sports movies like 83
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How patriotism on screen continued in 2021, with period films like Sardar Udham and sports movies like 83

There is a certain narrative arc a sports movie or a period drama can adhere to. And yet, their limitations of late have been compensated for with their capacity to generate a feeling of nationalism.

As 2021 comes to an end, here are the funniest moments caught on live TV this year
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As 2021 comes to an end, here are the funniest moments caught on live TV this year

Anchors of live television programme often run the risk of encountering embarrassing moments which is not only immediately caught on camera but also immortalised for ever

Best Malayalam Films 2021: Ode to a woman rebel, a male superhero and unrelenting experimentation
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Best Malayalam Films 2021: Ode to a woman rebel, a male superhero and unrelenting experimentation

Between The Great Indian Kitchen and Minnal Murali flowed a stream of quality Malayalam releases so unrelenting, that I have struggled to restrict my Best Malayalam Films 2021 compilation to just 10.

2021 Queer Roundup: Unassuming gayness of ACP Khan in Aarya over laboured representation in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui
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2021 Queer Roundup: Unassuming gayness of ACP Khan in Aarya over laboured representation in Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

My hope for queer storytelling as we step into a new year is to be more irreverent, to see more easy queerness, more desire, and more queer authorship as opposed to only queer characters.

How dysfunctional marriage was a recurrent theme on screen in 2021, from Haseen Dillruba to Decoupled
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How dysfunctional marriage was a recurrent theme on screen in 2021, from Haseen Dillruba to Decoupled

The trend of evolving marriage stories has created a revision of the safest, most used, and most overdone formula of Hindi cinema — one that has sustained the myth of a perfect marriage.

2021 is the year when women on screen came into their own, from Rashmi Rocket, Mimi to Pagglait
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2021 is the year when women on screen came into their own, from Rashmi Rocket, Mimi to Pagglait

It is not every year that you get to watch a young window unable to grieve her husband’s death, a female athlete banned for failing the gender test, a trans-girl making people question what is normal, an abandoned surrogate mother, and a woman faking her husband’s death to prevent him getting convicted for murder.

2021 was the year of meting out death penalty on screen, from Sooryavanshi, Satyamev Jayate 2 to Dhamaka, Tadap
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2021 was the year of meting out death penalty on screen, from Sooryavanshi, Satyamev Jayate 2 to Dhamaka, Tadap

All these films look at the death penalty as a calling — as a way for them to sanitise the world of suffering. Guilt becomes an afterthought when the very act of death is intertwined with public service.

Succession, Only Murders in the Building, The White Lotus: 2021 offered a range of commentaries on the elite
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Succession, Only Murders in the Building, The White Lotus: 2021 offered a range of commentaries on the elite

The White Lotus, Only Murders in the Building, and Succession Season 3 are all wildly different genres that coincide on one thing – the depravity of the well-heeled.

How Malayalam cinema mapped gender bias and toxic masculinity in 2021, from The Great Indian Kitchen to Joji
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How Malayalam cinema mapped gender bias and toxic masculinity in 2021, from The Great Indian Kitchen to Joji

As the year comes to an end, we explore how Malayalam cinema has tackled quite a lot of issues in their narratives — primarily circling around patriarchy, casual sexism, the stigma around second marriages, abortion, and gender-equal spaces in marriages.

2021: Elderly battled high susceptibility to COVID; transgender, disabled suffer social repercussions
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2021: Elderly battled high susceptibility to COVID; transgender, disabled suffer social repercussions

The situation of the old and the disabled improved in the beginning of 2021 but with the brutal second wave, they again lost all their means of livelihood.

Jharkhand passes Bill against mob lynching: Why more states need to clear such laws against mob violence
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Jharkhand passes Bill against mob lynching: Why more states need to clear such laws against mob violence

The Hemant Soren-led government passed the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021, which proposes three-years to life in prison for those pronounced guilty of mob violence

In a year of no noticeable debuts, there were some sparks, like Ahan Shetty and Rachel Sanchita Gupta
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In a year of no noticeable debuts, there were some sparks, like Ahan Shetty and Rachel Sanchita Gupta

Not one exceptional debutant in 2021. This was a worrying state of affairs for a film industry already grappling  with multiple issues, including a rapidly declining viewership. Here are the ones who made their debut (for whatever it was worth).

Trends in Tamil cinema of 2021: While male star vehicles brought back audience to theatres, women dominated streaming
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Trends in Tamil cinema of 2021: While male star vehicles brought back audience to theatres, women dominated streaming

The question of the year has been, ‘Will people come back to the theatres?.' They did and how. 2021, even with a hiatus in between, saw some major star vehicles that set the cash registers ringing.