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Movie Review: Lucknow Central

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Less than a month after “Qaidi Band”, another set of prisoners form a music band in jail - picking up life lessons and making friends in the process.

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Movie Review: Simran

Emerging out of the theatre after watching “Simran”, one wishes this film wasn’t swirling around in as much controversy as it is. This is a film with merit, and with a central performance strong enough to iron out faults and shortcomings in other departments.

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Movie Review: Poster Boys

The 2014 Marathi film “Poshter Boyz” was a mostly loud, but bearable comedy about three men who find themselves on a government poster advertising voluntary vasectomies. The ad causes an upheaval in their lives, living as they do in a village that apparently hasn’t moved on from the last century.

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Movie Review: Daddy

In the world of “Daddy”, darkness rules in the frame and in the story being narrated. Ashim Ahluwalia’s biopic of one of Mumbai’s most feared gangsters is full of dank, seedy alleys and teeming chawls, where bullets fly easily and you never know where the enemy could be lurking.

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Q&A: 'Waterman' Rajendra Singh loses hope as India runs out of groundwater

India's monsoon rains are crucial for its crops and help replenish groundwater for people to access drinking water. The amount of rainfall this year has been in line with what the India Meteorological Department expected, but many regions are still battling drought conditions - especially southern India.

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Q&A: Film-maker Amit Masurkar on 'Newton' and Indian democracy

Amit Masurkar's second film puts the spotlight on the election process in the Indian heartland, a subject rarely tackled by film-makers in the world's largest democracy.

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Travel Postcard: 48 hours in "King's Landing" Dubrovnik

Founded in the fifth century, this Mediterranean gem of a walled city is no longer hidden away in the Adriatic Sea, thanks to its status as the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in HBO's fantasy series "Game of Thrones". Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic for its magnificent views of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik was the central city of the maritime republic Ragusa, which was annexed by Napoleonic Italy in the early 19th century. This is King's Landing, where some of the most important events in Ge

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The Lakshadweep islands: a sublime coral jewel

Many people who think "vacation" go to the sea. Most of them don't immediately think of the Lakshadweep Islands, an archipelago of 36 islands about 300 kilometres off India's southwestern coast. Fewer think of going there during the monsoon rains that lash the islands as they sweep by on their way over the mainland toward the Himalayas.

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Movie Review: Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

The language and milieu have changed, but the problem remains the same in R. S. Prasanna's "Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" (a chant uttered during Hindu weddings), the Hindi remake of his 2013 Tamil film "Kalyana Samayal Saadham" (A Wedding Feast).

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Movie Review: Baadshaho

If ever there were such a prize, Milan Luthria's "Baadshaho" (Emperors) would win "most banal heist film". This long, meandering tale set during the 1975 Emergency about a princess and her treasure, is a dud. Moreover, Luthria and co-collaborator Rajat Arora (screenplay and dialogue) give us two hours and forty-odd minutes of this exercise.

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Exclusive: U.S. defence firms want control over tech in Make-in-India plan

NEW DELHI U.S. defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won't have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby group's letter to India's defence minister.