No wonder Oo Antava made it to the top of YouTube’s Top 100 Music Videos list. Personally speaking, I did not know the identity of the sensuous dancer till I got home and googled her. But she had left me gob-smacked in the theatre. Oo Antava far outstripped Kala Chasma and Chikni Chameli—Katrina Kaif’s sizzling chartbusters—which are pretty hard to top by any artist. Sam’s moves did just that! Respect.
As for Allu Arjun—and his portrayal of a rough and tough sandalwood smuggler who rapidly rises to head the powerful, brutal syndicate operating in the dense, hard-to-access jungles of Andhra Pradesh—I can only say after 40 years of watching movies and tracking stars, here is one actor who gobbles up the scenery and spits it out, using his hypnotic eyes and body language to full advantage.
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Self-belief and teamwork powered the Indians to their maiden Thomas Cup win
A Bridge Too Far
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The rewind club
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Friends with benefits
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Foiling the dragon
There will be many more intrusions across the LAC if China perceives India is weak
Act of faith
Questions are now being raised about the legality of the Places of Worship Act, 1991
I got affected because I was ignorant of law. I want to be a lawyer now
A.G. PERARIVALAN is finally back home, after having spent nearly 31 years behind bars. One of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, he was initially sentenced to death; the Supreme Court later commuted it to life imprisonment. In March this year, he was granted bail and, on May 18, the Supreme Court ordered his early release.
CAG's dull decade
If things go as per the plans of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the coming monsoon session of the two houses could be the last to be held in the old circular building. Construction teams and interior decorators are working hard to ready the new Parliament House in the adjoining plot in time for the winter session in November.
KEEPER OF FAITH
For 31 years, Arputham Ammal—the mother of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A.G. Perarivalan—never lost hope
Pan-Indian films and all that jazz
The South Indian industry has been on a tremendous rise these days.
Roles People Play
Performance art in India has come of age in Delhi, claims Meera Menezes, as she engages with the work of inspired practitioners from the city.
THE AGE OF SUPER HEROES
IT'S THE DAWN OF THE SOUTH INDIA HERO WHO SEEMS TO BE DONNING A CULT STATUS WITH THE MULTILINGUAL BIG BUDGET LARGER-THAN-LIFE FILMS THAT ARE HERE TO STAY
After the remarkable response to her latest South Indian movie, she's all set to take on Hindi cinema. We catch up with the talented actor on how she's taking in the astounding success of Pushpa: The Rise and prepping for Bollywood
அனைத்து பல்கலைக்கழக மாணவர்கள் அரசாங்கத்துக்கு எதிராக அணி திரண்டனர்
பிரதமரின் வீடு முற்றுகை பதற்ற நிலை அதிகரித்தது
How South cinema is stealing the show
In the last six months, movies such as Pushpa, RRR and KGF2 have shattered box-office records; trend expected to stay as more big-ticket regional films await release
Writing Her Own Script: Sumukhi Suresh
Sumukhi Suresh made sure she is the heroine of her story, and now she is on a mission to help other women take charge of their narrative
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THE TRIALS FACED BY UNDER-TRIALS
I read Arun Shourie’s recently published ‘The Commissioner for Lost Causes’. One of those causes wasn’t quite lost. “Around 40,000 undertrials were estimated to have been released as a result of the Supreme Court’s judgements…
THACKERAYS IN THE CROSSHAIRS
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