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New Delhi, Sept. 12 -- Spies need to hide in plain sight. The act of subterfuge relies on the ability to play up preconception. Camouflage only works when those who look closely are too distracted to ... Read More


Sacred games

New Delhi, Sept. 5 -- The path of the righteous con man is beset by comedians. Televangelists have always been a soft target. Charlatans who exploit the church are rightfully easy to mock-too easy, in... Read More


Disney makes the small screen big

New Delhi, Aug. 29 -- Television, we aren't in Kansas any more. Given Disney's increasingly monopolistic grip over the entertainment industry, most viewers expected D23 Expo in California (23-25 Augus... Read More


No business like GLOW business

New Delhi, Aug. 23 -- How fine is the line between a good audition and an okay one? In the Netflix series GLOW, Alison Brie plays Ruth Wilder, an ambitious actor who may have found her metier as a pro... Read More


Mission Mangal movie review: Vidya Balan and Akshay Kumar carry off an oversimplified film

India, Aug. 15 -- Mission MangalDirector - Jagan ShaktiCast - Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya MenenRating - 2/5 It's a godawful small affair. Rakesh Dhawan is a missi... Read More


Batla House movie review: John Abraham tries hard but this police drama isn't arresting enough

India, Aug. 15 -- Batla HouseDirector - Nikkhil AdvaniCast - John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi KishanRating - 2/5 There is a scene in the film Batla House where John Abraham, playing valorous policem... Read More


Opinion | The Supe Nazis

New Delhi, Aug. 9 -- What would a superhero be without a theme tune? Imagine Superman as a buff guy in uncomfortably tight Spandex, minus the all-encompassing aura of wholesome goodness. With Avengers... Read More


Neil Gaiman, TV's new angel

New Delhi, Aug. 3 -- Television is hailed as art now. It is frequently likened to the novel, and to cinema. I believe these comparisons miss the mark because the genius of television lies not merely i... Read More


Sexual healing

Mumbai, Aug. 3 -- KHANDAANI SHAFAKHANA Direction: Shilpi Dasgupta Actors: Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Sonakshi Sinha, Badshah Rating:** Sexual maladies in India are grouped under the title gupt rog - w... Read More


Opinion: The minister of silly talks

New Delhi, Aug. 2 -- What's the deal with Jerry Seinfeld?" That's the kind of thing Seinfeld, the stand-up comedian who typified observational humour, would have wondered about in the 1990s, with sub... Read More