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Why money and muscle still rule in Indian politics: an interview with Milan Vaishnav

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Even after Narendra Modi promised on the campaign trail in 2014 to “do away with the criminalization of politics”, money and muscle still dominate the electoral scene in India, Milan Vaishnav writes in his forthcoming book “When Crime Pays”.

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Movie Review: OK Jaanu

If there is one thing to be said for Shaad Ali, it is that he is a very good pupil. Ali faithfully followed Tamil director Mani Ratnam, assisting him on several films and remaking one of the latter’s best romantic films “Alaipayuthey” in Hindi as “Saathiya”. After several failed outings at the box office in recent years, Ali returns with a remake of Ratnam’s 2015 hit “O Kadhal Kanmani”.

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Movie Review: Haraamkhor

The most moving moment in Shlok Sharma’s “Haraamkhor” comes in the final scene where two people, united in their grief and having undergone a strange feeling of catharsis, come to terms with their situation. The entire film leads up to this point.

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Bollywood films to watch out for in 2017

Mumbai Sequels, biopics, history lessons, fantasies and a prequel - that is what Bollywood has lined up for movie buffs in 2017, a year in which the Indian film industry will hope to produce better content and stand up to the increasing presence of Hollywood blockbusters in the country’s movie calendar.

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'Dangal' shatters Bollywood box office record

Aamir Khan's latest film "Dangal" is now Bollywood's highest grossing movie of all time, breaking the record set by his previous release "PK" in 2014.

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Q&A: Ritesh Batra on film-making and life after 'The Lunchbox'

On the day his first full-length feature film released in 2013, Ritesh Batra had no idea of the avalanche that was about to hit his professional life. “The Lunchbox”, a bittersweet love story between a bored housewife and a crabby accountant, struck a chord with audiences in India and the West. The film won accolades at film festivals, was nominated for a BAFTA award, and opened a lot of doors for Batra.

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Karun Nair: The outlier of Chepauk

In 139 years of test history, no one had achieved what Karun Nair did on December 19 at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai - score a triple century (303 not out) in only his third test innings. Sir Len Hutton scored 364 in his ninth innings, a record that stood for 78 years till Nair made it his own.

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The best and worst of Bollywood in 2016

Even at its best, 2016 was a middling year for the Indian film industry. There were a few high points but no movie really scaled the zenith of filmmaking. Even the “good” films suffered from a few niggles, which we will ignore in our list below. And as is the case every year, when the nadir was reached, Bollywood seemed to find newer ways to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Here is a very subjective list of what I thought were the best and worst films of 2016 -

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As 2016 ends, Bollywood at the edge of a cliff

This was the year Bollywood slowed down and, in some cases, slammed the brakes. For the third straight year, the Indian film industry did not grow.As some studios shut up shop, Hollywood films such as “The Jungle Book” trumped most Hindi films at the box office. Big-ticket movies didn’t strike a chord with audiences and the industry finds itself scrambling for a long-term solution.Apart from Salman Khan’s wrestling drama “Sultan”, the year’s top grosser with more than 3 billion rupees ($44 milli

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Q&A: Nitesh Tiwari on 'Dangal' and humour

Nitesh Tiwari’s “Dangal” (Hindi slang for the wrestling arena) is the last major Bollywood release of 2016 and also one of the most anticipated. The biography of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters deals with subjects like female empowerment and the treatment of women in sports and has Aamir Khan in the lead.

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Homeless in wintry northern India shiver in buses, portable cabins

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Buses and portable cabins are doubling up as shelters for the homeless in northern India amidst a cold snap that has killed at least a dozen people, highlighting a critical lack of affordable housing, campaigners said on Tuesday.