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Lupin review: The Omar Sy show ups the ante by lending a credible cultural premise to its classic literary source
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Lupin review: The Omar Sy show ups the ante by lending a credible cultural premise to its classic literary source

What Lupin accomplishes rather remarkably, beyond its exceptional visuals, is lend a credible sociopolitical premise to the story that rises above its source material to leave a powerful commentary on cultures of apartheid, racial injustice, and structures of oppression.

Karunesh Talwar’s new Amazon Prime Video Special is a self-confessed twisted-yet-adorable ode to his loved ones
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Karunesh Talwar’s new Amazon Prime Video Special is a self-confessed twisted-yet-adorable ode to his loved ones

Karunesh Talwar's Special Aalas Motaapa Ghabraahat is a hilaire-a-thon into how he negotiates a balance between his ever-caustic sense of humour and how he unwillingly places his parents as its targets.

Sunflower review: Sunil Grover and co deliver laughs and thrills with equal aplomb in ZEE5 Original series
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Sunflower review: Sunil Grover and co deliver laughs and thrills with equal aplomb in ZEE5 Original series

A few hiccups here and there aside, Sunflower is a moral ambiguity slow-burner that is immensely bingeable till the end.

Sweet Tooth review: Netflix adventure fantasy series is a well-crafted, superbly edited piece of prestige TV
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Sweet Tooth review: Netflix adventure fantasy series is a well-crafted, superbly edited piece of prestige TV

Sweet Tooth is much tamer than its source material, but nonetheless, is a wholesome and beautiful, if unthreatening road trip.

The Me You Can’t See on Apple TV+ is an empathetic, sombre examination of mental health and fractured lives
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The Me You Can’t See on Apple TV+ is an empathetic, sombre examination of mental health and fractured lives

The series isn’t just about Prince Harry, but a kaleidoscopic view of mental health issues that strike down not just the weak and the feeble but also the perceivably strong or the have-it-alls

Solos review: Amazon Prime Video sci-fi anthology is a worthy exploration of humans connected by isolation
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Solos review: Amazon Prime Video sci-fi anthology is a worthy exploration of humans connected by isolation

Isolation, a sense of loss, and technology — three relevant threads run through all seven short films in David Weil's perceptive sci-fi anthology Solos.

Phase Six review: Jim Shepard pens fast-paced, suspenseful new novel about a pandemic
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Phase Six review: Jim Shepard pens fast-paced, suspenseful new novel about a pandemic

Shepard began the book four years ago after reading about a boy in Siberia killed by rejuvenated anthrax spores that had been frozen in a reindeer carcass.

The Underground Railroad review: Barry Jenkins' cinematic brilliance brings forth a tale on privilege, loss, and freedom
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The Underground Railroad review: Barry Jenkins' cinematic brilliance brings forth a tale on privilege, loss, and freedom

An incisive story on Black suffering, Barry Jenkins' The Underground Railroad is a prized narrative on race and equality.

While Justice Sleeps review: Stacey Abrams' new book is a deftly written political thriller
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While Justice Sleeps review: Stacey Abrams' new book is a deftly written political thriller

The book also shows how a stiffly polarised political scene endangers democracy.

With The Third Pole, Mark Synnott explores the intriguing mystery of Andrew Irvine's Everest expedition
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With The Third Pole, Mark Synnott explores the intriguing mystery of Andrew Irvine's Everest expedition

The book is a good read for newbies to the world of Everest and a refresher for those familiar with its past and present.

TVF Aspirants review: Naveen Kasturia show seamlessly ties India's pathos to the make-or-break drill of UPSC
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TVF Aspirants review: Naveen Kasturia show seamlessly ties India's pathos to the make-or-break drill of UPSC

TVF Aspirants underlines the UPSC as the die-hard leap at escaping the brittleness of a country by hanging onto that rare twig of solidity it offers.

LOL- Hasse Toh Phasse review: Amazon Prime Video show is the epitome of forced laughter, pity applause and an easy pay day
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LOL- Hasse Toh Phasse review: Amazon Prime Video show is the epitome of forced laughter, pity applause and an easy pay day

The problem with LOL: Hasse Toh Phasse is that it's barely funny. Once you scratch beyond the 'decent idea', you realise how hollow the premise is.

Poco X3 Pro Review: A sportscar engine in the body of a minivan
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Poco X3 Pro Review: A sportscar engine in the body of a minivan

If a powerful processor is the only thing you want from your next smartphone, go ahead and grab the Poco X3 Pro.

Kathmandu Connection review: Ample action, shootouts, and conspiracies add up to vacuous purposelessness in SonyLIV series
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Kathmandu Connection review: Ample action, shootouts, and conspiracies add up to vacuous purposelessness in SonyLIV series

The fact that one can make any substandard show and get away with it has never looked as outrage worthy as it does while watching Kathmandu Connection

World Earth Day: Nat Geo's Planet Possible boasts of two titles that present a lively, hopeful view of endangered wildlife
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World Earth Day: Nat Geo's Planet Possible boasts of two titles that present a lively, hopeful view of endangered wildlife

Planet Possible includes the documentary Tiger Queen of Taru, and two On the Brink episodes, focused on the Indian pangolin and the gharial respectively.

Book review: Jenny Diski's new essay collection offers sharp analysis, and honest autobiography
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Book review: Jenny Diski's new essay collection offers sharp analysis, and honest autobiography

The most gripping have to do with her own extraordinary life, including a lifelong struggle with depression, suicide attempts, psychiatric hospitalisations, and a 2014 diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer.

Leonardo review: SonyLIV series offers in-depth study on life and times of the historic Renaissance artist
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Leonardo review: SonyLIV series offers in-depth study on life and times of the historic Renaissance artist

Leonardo stitches the painter’s real-life masterpieces into its narrative structure as the intricate world-building compels one to suspend disbelief.

Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare season 2 review: Amazon Prime show is unable to break the curse of the sequel
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Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare season 2 review: Amazon Prime show is unable to break the curse of the sequel

Despite efforts towards making Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare's narrative more pregnant, you almost yearn for Zakir Khan’s lopsided grin and impish humour, hoping it would save the day.

In new SH Raza biography, Yashodhara Dalmia humanises the iconic artist's life and work
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In new SH Raza biography, Yashodhara Dalmia humanises the iconic artist's life and work

The biography draws from Dalmia’s long acquaintance with Raza, and her interviews with his colleagues from the Progressive Artists’ Group, such as MF Husain and Krishen Khanna.