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Flawless victory

MUMBAI, March 22 -- Thirty years ago, the job given to me whenever the family would rent a VHS cassette would be to "check the print". The tapes inside would get worn out after multiple playback in mu... Read More


In season-opener, Bottas sheds his 'wingman' tag

NEW DELHI, March 19 -- He's been hungry. For the last few years, 29-yearold Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas would start the racing season feeling physically sick. Stockily built compared to his F1 pee... Read More


An earnest Indian fairy tale

Gurugram, March 17 -- In Hindi, sexually transmitted diseases are coyly called "gupt rog". They are treated as an illicit secret, and this unfortunate stigma allows director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to... Read More


A love letter to the city of dreams

Gurugram, March 16 -- They say the camera never lies. This is, obviously, a lie. The camera is a tool of glorification, vilification and investigation as much as it is an instrument of accuracy. Rites... Read More


Why Vettel will not want to win the Australian GP

NEW DELHI, March 15 -- This Sunday, Sebastian Vettel might not want to win the Australian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver won the year's first race in 2017 and 2018, only to lose the title to Lewis Ham... Read More


A fun, filthy fairy tale

NEW DELHI, March 15 -- In Hindi, sexually transmitted diseases are coyly called gupt rog. They are treated as an illicit secret, and this unfortunate stigma allows director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra to ... Read More


The actors are a thrill in this bandit story

Gurugram, March 1 -- In Sonchiriya, a policeman and a young boy discuss Hindi cinema's lack of accuracy in portraying dacoits. "Imagine," says the boy sitting outside a rundown little theatre, "this f... Read More


Gag order: Setups galore, one okay joke

Gurugram, Feb. 23 -- Some actors stand for quality. Ayushmann Khurrana, for instance, distinguishes himself from his peers through his discretion in picking scripts. Having Khurrana on the poster make... Read More


Bohemian rap study

Chandigarh, Feb. 15 -- The first time we see Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy, he's stealing a car. Tentative and preoccupied, he brings up the rear, having sought out the least active role. His name is Mur... Read More


Bohemian rap study

Gurugram, Feb. 15 -- GULLY BOY Direction: Zoya Akhtar Actors: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz The first time we see Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy, he's stealing a car. Tent... Read More