Shershaah, Kuruthi , Navarasa and the rest of the box office

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  2. The film’s overall tone is obviously high on patriotism. Many combat scenes don’t reflect the large canvas that the film is set up on, perhaps more deserving of a big screen experience. Yet, as an industry, Bollywood has seldom churned out epic war films that have been critically and commercially acclaimed. By those standards, ‘Shershaah’ ranks high than most of the recent war dramas and tells an inspiring story that needs to be told.

    The source material of this film is so strong that it is bound to grip you once the men in uniform take it upon themselves to drive out the enemy and reclaim our land. ‘Shershaah’s biggest victory is its effort to recreate one of the most important chapters of our recent history with characters, who lead the way to a rousing climax.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/web-series/reviews/hindi/shershaah/ottmoviereview/85172367.cms

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    • Excellent reports coming in for Shershaah, and its doing v well at Imdb too.

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      • Happy for Sidharth.

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      • The boycott Bollywood, boycott K. Johar gang’s now sucking up to watch his movie despite mediocre reviews & a cardboard whose a disgrace to the memory of Vikram Batra. Only Hindi cinema’s capable of giving a war martyr a tribute that’s so much of a sham. Last year it was Gunjan Saxena this year its Shershaah, don’t be surprised if he casts Arjun Rampal as Sam Manekshaw in his next based on 1971.

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        • “..don’t be surprised if he casts Arjun Rampal as Sam Manekshaw in his next based on 1971.”

          Vicky Kaushal is already playing Sam Manekshow in Meghna Gulzar’s next.

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  3. Watching Kuruthi, an intense thriller plus drama.

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  4. Chiranjevi in Iddaru Mitrulu.

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  6. tonymontana Says:

    So Shotgun literally gets away with chindi chori and duping poor McMohan of his well-deserved winning amount. How? Because he was too taken away by Shatru bhaiya’s one-liners that he must have later smared coal on his face to avoid embarrassment:

    This, ladies and gentleman, is the greatest masala film of all time!

    No offense, Saket : P

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  7. A rarely known and barely remembered facet of Kamal Hassan back when he was Kamalahasan, the mass star, doing a Govinda/Mithun in 80s Tamil Cinema

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    • Oh he has been doing these Govinda type moves for looooong in the south. It is just that his physicality makes it look very awkward. But since he has extreme mastery over classical dance forms, he can pull such things off….

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      • Aman Basha Says:

        More than physicality, the classical dance influence keeps popping up at places and he sometimes doesn’t seem to enjoy it.

        Anyhow, the most stylish and influential dancer on screen (down South and even in Indian Cinema) is Chiranjeevi.

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  8. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12392504/

    Finally done with watching Scam 1992. If ever there is a swadesi online classic in the true sense, this is the one. A stellar cast led by a flawless Pratik Gandhi & co (brilliant cameo by Rajat Kapoor in there), a breezy edge of the seat screenplay and memorable dialogues with a no nonsense apolitical approach that calls a spade, a spade. After Raj & DK, Hansal Mehta’s the next Bollywood director whose proved that making elaborated content is his forte and comfort zone than making 2 hour films. Scam 92 however leaves every other Indian television show far far behind by leaps and bounds. Not only is this the best of 21st century Indian television, it wouldn’t be an understatement to call this one of India’s greatest web/TV shows ever. 10/10

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    • Have not watched, but heard enormously positive things about Delhi Crime, Asur

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      • Delhi Crime is very predictable and politically correct. Nothing much to watch there apart from stellar performances from the leads. Better to watch a 1 hour youtube documentary on the Nirbhaya investigation than the 8 episode series. Haven’t watched Asur.

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    • This right here, the transition from reel to real and back to reel is the level of screenplay that elevates content to an altogether different level. The lack of political correctness only makes it better!

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    • Welcome to the party, even though late!

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  9. I have now posted my review of Shershaah…not a bad watch at all!

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  10. For An Jo – Chehre on 27th Aug!

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    • Hardly interested in this…mainly due to the fact that it is RUMI JAFFREY at the helm. He has the power to take powerful actors and render the film useless [Madhuri in ‘YAARANA’].

      Only film of AB I am waiting for is JHUND. God knows whatever is happening with it. It was earlier slated for June 29th. Now we are in almost September …..

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      • [Madhuri in ‘YAARANA’]. Yaarana is directed by David Dhawan. Rumi Jaffrey made Khoobsurat, God Tussi Great Ho, etc

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  11. And For Shivaay – Back to back releases with Vikram Veda and Fighter for Hrithik.

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    • Stop announcing dates for future. First complete movies and expect there’s no covid 2023.

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      • Pretty sure everyone would give up & leave it to god’s mercy (except the doomsayers &rogue media) if this nonsense continues till 2023. Urban parents would be pretty happy to leave their kids at the mercy of online learning (making them retards in the process) while suicide rates among rural kids would exponentially increase (and go unreported just like today). The west would learn to move on with life (UK & Europe already have) while our crooked politicians would continue with bogus tactics like weekend & night curfews driving more towards bankruptcy until the working class take matters up in their own hands & start a riot.

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  12. Suberbly articulated !! Still remember the release of Mohra in 94. It was the biggest opening on 94.

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    • This was one of the best movie of my childhood where only thing that mattered was fight. I was small then and remember watching it in theatre. The songs used to play every where. It was an even film. With virtually newcomers as stars and coming close to Khalnayak (’93 release) black market ticket sales was unheard of.

      This was possibly the biggest opening (Day 1) that the next gen Salman/SRK/Aamir/Akshay got. Akshay/Suneil were then not even in Top 10. Of course same year HAHK came but it had a different box office trajectory as the WoM took over the smaller release. But Mohra still ran for 15 weeks + across several mass centres.

      Naseer was the surprise packet as we thought Gulshan grover and Raza Muraad were the main villains. The twist was outstanding.

      The climax where Naseer beats the hell out of the top 2 action star of that time was unbelievable. Before the movie Tu cheez was the craze. After the release Tip Tip became more popular.
      Na Kazare ki dhaar remain one of my favourite till date as a dim and wine moment song.

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      • There used to be fights between Akshay and Suneil shetty fans. Many call it Akshay’s movie as he’s leading man and cop but then Suneil Shetty fans cliam that he has the title role as ‘Mohra’!

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  14. 1984?

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  16. Why wait for Aamir Khan when we have Faisal Khan with his next! He’s leading man and also director! 🙂

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  17. Aman Basha Says:

    Bhuj is a strange case, our esteemed trade analysts are unanimously positive on this one, while both IMDB, critics and general audience on Twitter have bludgeoned it.

    What’s the point of owning a Vfx company when your film is being criticized most for Vfx.

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    • Bhuj has star power and that will be a plus point.

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      • Not helping, its getting avg reports in general. Only OTT releases that hv worked till now are Dil Bechara, Mimi and Shershaah.

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    • Bhuj is a terrible movie. WoM is negative. Bad direction.

      Critics have failed once again to give proper review.

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    • During independence day, there is a barrage of anti-pakistan movies and most of the paid critics will give huge ratings for anything anti-pak and call them patriotic and nationalist movie even if the movie is bad. Bhuj’s director is being such bad reviews that it’ll be tough to get 2nd movie.

      On other hand, With the amount of such movies, soon future generations will think India got iwdependence from Pakistan and that’s why we celebrate Aug 15th with such movies!

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      • Aman Basha Says:

        We are going through the early 1970s as a country again. Only we actually defeated Pakistan in war in 1971.

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    • A METAPHOR for Akshay kumar, the best bet of bollywood, getting the industry back on track.
      Har Har Mahadev !!

      Fans of other “not good enough now” stars – Time to switch !!

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  19. Aman Basha Says:

    Happy Independence Day 2021

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  20. Aman Basha Says:

    Salman Khan will be making his debut in Telugu with Megastar Chiranjeevi.

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  21. Netrikann is dragging, boring, violent copy of a south korean film. Nayantara’s acting is just soso. Kuruthi and now Netrikann. Are south Indian movies embracing violence recklessly?
    I watched Bhuj the Pride of India, in silent mode just to see whats so ridiculous about it.
    VFX and Sonakshi Sinha mainly.

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    • Don’t know Sanjana. This OTT, while giving salary and chance to under-rated actors and some good stories, has also unleashed the inner demons in a human being: Abuses, Violence — of course thanks to the great ‘Marty’ recognized Kashyap and his ilk.

      If EVER there was one mistake that Marty did in his cinematic career, it was praising a mediocre film-maker like AK..

      However, I have to agree, AK has good writing skills. In fact, he has very good writing skills. How I wish he could channel them properly …

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  22. Happy Independence Day!

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  23. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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  24. In the US, I am seeing that Telgu films are being released in theaters. I don’t know why Hindi films aren’t being released. Is it because of fear of piracy? There is no lockdown in the US, so why not release in theaters parallely with OTT?

    https://www.cinemark.com/movies/paagal-telugu-with-english-subtitles?showDate=2021-08-14

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    • Isnt Bell Bottoms releasing in USA?

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      • I don’t see it releasing. Normally it releases on a Thursday. I don’t see the shows. What I mean is, even SHERSHAH could have been released parallely..so don’t know what’s going on … would love to see a Hindi film in theaters..

        Hollywood I satisfied myself with TENET, BLACK WIDOW and JUNGLE CRUISE….

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        • Yes Shershah should release. It would have made a perfect Independence day movie.

          BB is releasing next Friday, 19th Aug. It would see a proper release in USA.

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  25. Bell Bottom is releasing on 19th August in UK.

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  26. Jagjit Kaur, veteran singer and wife of composer Khayyam, dies at 93
    By – PTIUpdated: Aug 15, 2021, 12:50 IST

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  27. Aman Basha Says:

    Afghanistan has fallen… so much for independence day.

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  29. Baiju Bawra, the 1952 megahit starring Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari, ran in theatres for 100 weeks. The storyline of this classic movie is melodramatic in the extreme, with as many unlikely twists and turns as the Yamuna river. The tragic, ill-fated, over-romanticised romance won Meena Kumari her first Filmfare award, and the audience couldn’t get enough of Naushad’s immortal music. Given the emotional peaks of the narrative (besides the royal setting of Emperor Akbar’s magnificent court studded with his hand-picked navratnas), a contemporary remake was inevitable.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/politically-incorrect/lights-camera-inaction-deepika-isnt-bawri-to-demand-equal-pay/

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  30. ‘Goosebumps’: Iranian girl’s santoor rendition of Indian national anthem mesmerises all online
    The instrumental version was performed by Tara Ghahremani, a 13-year-old musical prodigy from Iran.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-in-india/iranian-girls-santoor-rendition-of-indian-national-anthem-viral-7454690/

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  31. Kaley Cuoco Offers To Buy Horse Hit By Coach At Olympics
    “I’ll buy that horse outright and show it the life it should have,” the actor said of Saint Boy, who was struck by a trainer after refusing to jump fences in Tokyo.

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  32. Sardaar Ji on Prime is a fun ghost story. It is a big boxoffice hit in Punjabi version.

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  33. FINALLY saw MALIK. WHAT.A.MOVIE!!! And what a performance by Fa Fa. I hardly have words to describe the movie. It is so, so expansive yet tight; a superb, superb film right at the level of SATYA, COMPANY, and SARKAR.

    Feel like writing something but simply lost in the brilliance of the movie….

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    • Aman Basha Says:

      Heard it’s very similar to Nayagan.

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      • Yes it is. In terms of the fact that Velu had simmering tension with a known member and same here with Ali, through his nephew … but otherwise, it is superbly and blatantly/unabashedly communal — which I loved — movie and quite, quite superior to Nayagan.

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  34. Speaking on AIB podcast, she had said: “These fancy restaurants once upon a time used to have two menu cards. One for the women and one for the men. The one for the woman didn’t have the prices and the one for men did. The first time we went together we had like ₹400. We went for this dinner and we just started out in life and we hardly had any money. By mistake, I got the menu card with the money and Naseer got the menu card without the money, so he was ordering left and right. With facial expressions, I was trying to warn him about the bill. And finally, when the waiter went away I told him and then we started counting our money.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/ratna-pathak-talks-about-what-attracted-her-to-naseeruddin-shah-it-s-entirely-a-lottery-we-just-got-lucky-101629043818730.html

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  36. Over 200 Indians, Including Staff, Still Inside Kabul Embassy: Sources
    Afghanistan crisis: An Indian aircraft is parked at the chaotic Kabul airport, sources said, adding the big concern is how to safely bring the staff from the Indian mission compound to the airport

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/over-200-indians-including-foreign-ministry-staff-yet-to-be-evacuated-from-afghanistans-capital-kabul-sources-2511615#pfrom=home-ndtv_bigstory

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    • I assume Akshay Kumar or Ajay Devgan already bought rights for this. Movie should release in 6 months.

      Not sure how true these stories are but if true, what did the people think? That they would fly safely holding on to plane parts outside?

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      • As usual, the great ‘United States’, the ‘greatest’ country on this earth, after fucking up in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and destroying civilizations left, right, and center, have managed to repeat history! What an incredible feat!!

        ‘You are not stupid. You are just in Congress.’ Sounds familiar?

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        • One can never fight a distant war and win it in post colonial era. You have to be a neighbour and a strong one at that.

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          Vietnam had 7% GDP growth in 2019 unlike the country which elected Narendra Modi, and possibly does better in every indicator than India. Also, Vietnam and the same US that destroyed it are close allies now.

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      • I hope AK or AD bought some rights for this. It is better than some dumb-witted Amreekan making a film on this…after this MASSIVE failure. This is a failure of ‘massive proportions’ and I hope the dumb, so-called, progressive, ‘Biden’ administration pays a huge, huge price for this for subjecting Afghan women and children to hell.

        Thank God we don’t have a charsi ‘Pappu’ ruling us.

        Those who mock India, see what happens in the ‘greatest’ country on this earth?

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        • Cant blame America. It is the destiny of multi party rule where decisions are taken by different rulers in different ways. Each regime change makes continuity not possible even to save women and kids of other countries. Ghani should have consolidated his hold on the army while he was ruling. Too much dependence on other countries in matters of defence is a sign of weakness.

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          • @Sanjana, this was initiated by Trump. The Democrats had all the time to assess the situation on ground. If each and every decision, taken by Trump, is/was wrong, then why did the Biden admin not sit down and weigh the pros and cons? If Trump was dumb, what were you doing after you came to office?

            It is true that Ghani had to work hard; he didn’t. You think the US didn’t know Ghani’s strong and weak points?

            Look at the first video –

            https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2021/08/15/blinken-intv-biden-decision-on-afghanistan-withdrawal-taliban-tapper-sotu-vpx.cnn

            And BTW, the Taliban has been accumulating strength since 2014. In the last 2 years, however, it has grown incredibly strong.
            From where did they get the firepower? Was the intel committee sleeping in the US?

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          Well An Jo if a country’s forces with so much money, arms poured in them simply run away in front of tribals with some assortment of weapons, then no power on earth can sustain such a country.

          More importantly, the American population is done with this war, they’ve given enough. No one is surprised that this happened, it’s only the speed that was surprising.

          “Those who mock India, see what happens in the ‘greatest’ country on this earth?”
          Easy to say with a Green Card. At least corpses were not floating in the Mississippi.

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    • Funny where the conversation went, but expected.

      Sometimes one has to look at things broadly and with many different lenses.

      Ask Brits about pulling out of india after dividing the country, they’ll say it was a great success. how many years has it been? and neighbors are still fighting. Mission accomplished…

      on same line, this is all business for the super power countries. they could careless about the people of whichever country they have occupied or have their bases there.

      I must say in most cases, USA takes care of it’s own citizen. Not sure one can say same about most countries including india, pakistan and so on.

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      • There are many faults:
        1. How does 75k soldiers defeat better armed 300k Soldiers?
        2. Why US didn’t apply pressure to defund Taliban in 20 years. When US attacked Afghanitan in 2001, Taliban took refuse in Pakistan.
        3. If US wanted to come out they should have made sure systems worked or at least have some kind of support system if indigenous armed fighters are not capable.

        It seems you have left people who are incapable to defend, rudderless.

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          Out of curiosity, was the Taliban regime worse than Saudi Arabia on human rights. I assume they are, but can find little data.

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          • Taliban was allowing Terrorists safe harbor; that was a big problem.

            Now people want democracy or not is a different question. US has tried this in many places but it has to come internally. We have to thankful to our leaders at onset of independence that even in chaos we have had institutions which worked for democracy.

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          • Aman Basha Says:

            The point is any moment terrorists are found to take safe harbor with the Taliban again, the US can strike.

            It’s hypocritical to say you are fighting for human rights against the Taliban when there is no better deal in Saudi Arabia. I can live with an Taliban ruled Afghanistan that has the same rights as Saudi and doesn’t give itself to terrorists. However, countries across the world must take as many educated refugees as possible. Shouldn’t be a problem since Afghans are not that brown or black.

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      • ** I assume Akshay Kumar or Ajay Devgan already bought rights for this. Movie should release in 6 months.**

        Funny how an ‘intelligent’ reaction to a news article talking about 200 Indians stranded in Afghanistan was — the FIRST line that is pasted above.

        To reiterate; Funny where/how the conversation started, but expected.

        @Aman: *Easy to say with a Green Card. At least corpses were not floating in the Mississippi.*

        Really, Aman? When I was so enjoying your debates and writing, you come up with this? You resort to the favorite weapon of the ‘liberals’? What-aboutery? And the Green Card comment is below the belt: But that’s fine, I have faced this barb and far worse even from Satyam, so am cool. However, since you have brought it up — I am presuming it is for me — let me state that I don’t have a Green Card, and NEVER on God’s not so green earth am I going to relinquish my Indian citizenship. I care a hoot about being an American citizen. Just not interested.

        My broader point is the number of mistakes the US has committed in its foreign policy. It NEVER LEARNS FROM ITS MISTAKES [there’s a reason I put out the Charlie Wilson War’s clip];  be they Democrats or Republicans. They are known, and will continue to be known, with this mis-adventure, starting with the loot and murder of innocent Iraqis with false, ego-fattened maniacs like that Dick ‘Cheney.’ Then they went to Afghanistan and screwed it up. Then they came in a chopper and killed OBL right around 10 miles from a Pak military base, where the asshole was comfortably watching porn and fornicating for 5 years. What do they do? The DON’T impose any sanctions, they don’t punish the Pakistani government, but present them with more outdated planes. Hillary Clinton has the gall to say, ‘If you breed snakes in your back-yard, you cannot expect them not to bite you one day!’ Yeah right! And then you sell them arms the next day, to fight ‘extremists’ which they conveniently use against India!

        They deserted Saigon, they deserted Afghanistan now. You say this is ‘expected.’ Really? Then what the hell kind of an intelligence operation US has? In July Biden says a complete overtaking of Afghanistan by the Taliban is just not possible. What changed in 30 days? How does it matter that Vietnam and US are allies now? How many lives were lost? How many tax dollars? What’s the tangible benefit?

        Either way, the US has to face the issue now of Delhi-to-Daulatabad and Daulatabad-to-Delhi a la-Tughlaq. It is ‘fleeing’ back its soldiers to Afghanistan and it is laughable to say the least.

        Forget me, even CNN and its ilk are questioning Biden! When CNN and Wa Po get pissed, Biden better beware! This will be a big wake-up call for Biden. How he handles the ‘eastern’ part of the world, who are his enemies, and who are his friends.

        And for the so-called statement that America takes care of its citizens: Yes it does, we have seen that with African-Americans. Also, that ‘taking care’ comes at the cost of murder and loot of civilizations across the world…

        Oh BTW, the playboy-turned-puppet-Mullah PM from Pakistan claims this is an ‘independence’ achieved. So let’s wait for the day when the ‘good’ Taliban doesn’t meet up with Pakistan and its cohorts JEM and whatever the hell the names those ‘freedom’ fighters keep..

        Meanwhile, it’s been close to 6 years, am waiting for the concentration camps in India …

        And please, bring on some matters of geo-strategic politics: Not dumb stuff like lynch-mobs, ‘Jai Shree Ram’, ‘Love Jihad’, massive CV-19 second-wave failure, yada yada yada…It’s been understood, recognized, and has been spit on the face of the current ruling establishment, including people like ME who will never forgive them for this unpardonable blunder ….

        So request you Aman to please don’t beat down these points; you are far smarter than the other/s who just makes random comments…Not at all patronizing you, just telling you what I feel…upto you how you take it.

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        • Aman,

          The reference to corpses and India’s 2nd wave is not a true representation of government.

          It is a cultural issue where society due to rumours were not allowing cremation of bodies departing due to virus.

          Cremation grounds for Muslims, Hindus, Christians etc had huge resistance from locals living nearby who claimed that the virus may enter their home via soild, air etc.

          Hence even those who can afford cremation did so in the river.

          So have an understanding.

          Also, the 2nd wave was like a cloud burst even. With thousands lining up at hospital, it was not possible for any government to be prepared for the tragedy.

          The overnight cases shot by 20 times at places which were already working at 80% capacity.

          I think we undermine our work in failures.

          There are heroes even when wars are lost. Here the war is with an invisible unknown.

          Happy to hear our counter perspective.

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          • Correction – Happy to hear *your* counter perspective.

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          • Aman Basha Says:

            The corpses floating in the river is actually a tradition done by those who can’t afford cremation. It may also have been covid fears.

            ” 2nd wave was like a cloud burst even”

            The first wave of Covid was a cloud burst. When countries like the UK and South Africa went a horrific second wave despite handling the first wave well, this Govt had no contingency. Deliberately structuring the WB election in 9 phases so that our prime minister could have his fun campaigning with a Tagore beard and tastelessly boasting about the size of his crowd at a time when we were already witnessing 2 lakh+ covid cases.

            Modi is no better than the rest.

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          • Bengal elections etc were mistakes. Government made the mistake for being complacent. Not starting vaccination at war foot level was a mistake aided by callous opposition raising questions on credibility of vaccines akd spread of rumours among Muslims that this BJP vaccine will make them infertile (As if Jannat ki hoprnis ready for the mankind).

            However no expert were able to tell when and in what capacity covid 2 was coming.

            Consider these elections etc were not there in 7 phases. Would it have made covid 2 less painful ?

            No. Not at all.

            Can we prepare for Covid 3 if it were to be twice as forceful as covid 2?

            No, we cannot. Noone can.

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          • Aman Basha Says:

            “spread of rumours among Muslims”
            There is no widespread report of this, and even if this happened, the fact that you compare this with a party handling the administration simply shows how hard it is to defend the Centre’s negligence.

            “However no expert were able to tell when and in what capacity covid 2 was coming.”

            The SBI report got it accurately, IHME was already pointing to a second wave at mid March, so did most other models. When the second wave was in full swing, with 2 lakh cases per day, our Prime Minister was boasting about the size of his crowds. It was after Rahul Gandhi suspended his rallies, that this overblown, power hungry maniac stopped his campaign.

            “Consider these elections etc were not there in 7 phases. Would it have made covid 2 less painful ?”

            So you’re saying it wouldn’t have saved lives if the election was quickly done?

            “No, we cannot. Noone can.”

            Then why are there no bad reports from Bangladesh? The country that was supposedly sending “ghuspetiyon” has done a better job handling and now has a higher per capita income than India. Achche Din nahin, aise din dekhne pad rahe is sarkar ke neeche.

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  37. Sabrina Lall, who fought to get justice for her murdered sister Jessica Lall, passes away at 53.

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  38. Dharmendra calls himself the only bad actor among Sholay team.

    Reacting to the picture, Dharmendra made a mention of how he was the only ‘bad actor’ in Ramesh’s team. He wrote: “Ramesh, congratulations captain on the completion of 46 years of Sholay. It is you, Ramesh, who made Sholay, ‘Shakaar-e-Aazam’. Sholay is forever. I think I was the only bad actor amongst your talented team of great artists. To me, it was just a picnic and I enjoyed it Dharam way.”

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    • I love Dharmendra. Totally jolly guy and isn’t really apologetic about anything.

      He really lived his life carefree, not many can do that.

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  39. “History must be clear about this: American troops didn’t lose this war — Donald Trump and Joe Biden deliberately decided to lose,” Sasse added.

    With 6,000 U.S. troops expected back in Afghanistan guarding its airport this week, Biden will have much to answer for, including: how could the U.S., with all its military might and intelligence infrastructure, so entirely fail to see how quickly the Taliban would take over the country? How could an Afghan military built up with more than $80 billion in U.S. taxpayer support collapse in just days?

    After he announced his decision in April to withdraw forces by September, Biden said the U.S. would maintain an “over the horizon” capability to step back into Afghanistan if needed to counter terrorists.

    But America’s mission in Afghanistan, realistically or not, was long pitched as being about more than going after the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Aid workers and contractors, backed by American and NATO military forces, poured billions of dollars into infrastructure projects and efforts to wean Afghan farmers off poppy production, the basis of the opium trade.

    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/in-taliban-takeover-spiraling-political-calamity-for-president-biden-2511765#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

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  40. However, diplomats in Kabul blame British Army Chief Nick Carter for blindsiWhile India is awaiting its turn to evacuate its diplomats and key people, reports from Kabul indicate utter chaos with the Taliban cadre firing bullets to even regulate traffic and with no government to enforce the law. “The Taliban is trying to tell everyone that they will not take retaliatory or vengeful measures against anyone but the public is not convinced. To add to their fears, the Taliban is going door to door in Kabul with a list of government officials and journalists who wrote or spoke against them in the past,” said a civilian on phone from Kabul.

    ding the US and cutting out a bad deal with the Taliban, leading to the ensuing chaos. The Chinese, Pakistanis and Russians, on their part, are enjoying their schadenfreude moment at the cost of the Joe Biden administration. It is another matter that the first decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan was taken by then President Barack Obama (Joe Biden was his Vice President) in June 22, 2011, speech on surge and then withdrawal of troops by 2014.

    According to Kabul watchers, the situation in Afghan capital is extremely precarious with sundry extremist and terrorist groups affiliated to so-called Islamic state, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Tayebba (LeT) setting up road-blocks all over the city and making outlandish demands on hapless commuters. That a large section of Kabulites want to be evacuated is also a reflection on the popularity of the those who according to Pakistan PM delivered Afghanistan from 20 years of slavery.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/military-evacuation-flights-resume-total-anarchy-in-kabul-101629133981372.html

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  41. Countries, especially Western, seem to be retreating and lusting to look after oneself now. Look across Europe with Brexit and you have Scandinavian Countries looking to ditch EU. Then you got EU leaders posting Olympic tables with EU on top! Some self reflection is needed by West as powers in East grow.

    West is full of people from everywhere so opinions vary and clash more, call it lack of unity and genuine love for country one lives in.

    If you are born in Japan, India or China you’re surrounded by like minded, like looking people. A lot of familiarity. In West it’s a khichdi. Some people like khichdi, some don’t. I don’t like khichdi but I like Western society but adore Eastern too.

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  42. The Kabul event marks the death of Oil as the precious commodity.
    Data is the new oil.
    AI is the next power and money.

    Hence no longer the need for powerful nations to control Oil supply and Petro-Dollar.

    Everything happens for money and power.

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  43. “I’m deeply saddened by the facts we now face,” Biden said. “But I do not regret my decision.”
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-afghanistan-taliban_n_611abe43e4b07c140317fba9

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  44. US President Joe Biden warned the Taliban Monday not to disrupt or threaten the evacuation of thousands of American diplomats and Afghan translators at the Kabul airport.
    The response to any attack would be “swift and forceful,” Biden said in a televised address from the White House.
    “We will defend our people with devastating force if necessary,” he said.

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  45. Bengal elections etc were mistakes. Government made the mistake for being complacent. Not starting vaccination at war foot level was a mistake aided by callous opposition raising questions on credibility of vaccines akd spread of rumours among Muslims that this BJP vaccine will make them infertile (As if Jannat ki hoors are ready on planet earth for the mankind wearing skull cap).

    However no expert were able to tell when and in what capacity covid 2 was coming.

    Consider these elections etc were not there in 7 phases. Would it have made covid 2 less painful ?

    No. Not at all.

    Can we prepare for Covid 3 if it were to be twice as forceful as covid 2?

    No, we cannot. Noone can.

    We need to understand failures due to man made corruption and failures due to extraordinary natural calamity.

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      • Aman Basha Says:

        Firstly, 500 million is not the figure. The total number of people given at least one dose are some 420 million and those fully vaccinated are 120 million. If they’re coming at 500 million+ by adding both or the figures on google are wrong, then thank God the international media didn’t cover this and make Indians seem to have their math talent also in the thrall of Modi.

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          If you’re taking doses, it’s still no big deal. In fact, a lot of doctors are still clamoring that we are going too slow.

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  46. Please keep political discussions civil and brief. No point in regurgitating known positions among commentators.

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  47. In a recent interview, Shabbir Boxwala revealed that Salman Khan hoped that the patriotic film would be Aayush Sharma’s red carpet to Bollywood. However, the producer had already pitched Sidharth Malhotra’s name to Vikram Batra’s family.

    “Salman approached me at a stage when I was in talks with Junglee Pictures. He wanted Shershaah to be Aayush’s [Sharma] debut film, and wanted to partner with me on it,” he told Mid-Day. However, the family ‘unanimously seconded’ on the idea of Sidharth playing the Param Vir Chakra awardee by then and a meeting between the actor and the family was already arranged.

    “It would have been highly unethical to drop him for another actor. When Captain Batra’s family gave me the rights, it was a big moment for me. They showed immense trust in me, and I didn’t want to go wrong at any step. I explained [my predicament] to Salman, who was understanding. Aayush was sweet and sportingly said that playing a double role in his debut movie might be [a tall order],” he added.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/not-sidharth-malhotra-salman-khan-wanted-aayush-sharma-as-shershaah-vikram-batra-hoped-it-would-be-his-debut-film-101629169316999.html

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  48. Over 600 Afghans cram into U.S. cargo plane in desperate flight from Kabul

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  49. Aman Basha Says:

    https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/pm-modi-s-popularity-reduced-40-year-shows-india-today-survey-154009

    Modi’s approval rating down to 24% from 64% in 12 months.

    I was right after all 🙂

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    • “Entertainment:
      51% of responders feel OTT (Over-the-top) platforms need to be censored. While actor Amitabh Bachchan has been voted the ‘Number 1 Hero’ with 24% votes, Akshay Kumar is second with 18%, followed by Rajinikanth 10%. Deepika Padukone with 17% of votes has been chosen as ‘Number 1 Heroine’ followed by Katrina Kaif (11%).”

      I was also right after all !!
      Remember since last several opinion polls by India Today, Akshay Kumar has been No 1 or No 2 with every 1/4 Indians voting for him. Amitabh bachchan , the greatest even is the undisputed Baadshah.

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      • This is crazy. I really don’t expect AB to figure in even the top 10 at his age … Goes on to prove; form is temporary – class, permanent.

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        • Aman Basha Says:

          I think Big B has always topped these polls.

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          • I am surprised, is all..with nothing in his hands. In GULABO he was appreciated for sure but I don’t think it made any profits…by OTT financial standards I mean. His last hit was BADLA and the one people will remember a lot was way back in 2016 for PIKU.

            So apart from KBC and the barrage of ads, he really doesn’t have anything…that’s why I am surprised that he can top some poll! Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t seem to apply to him…

            BTW, no news on JHUND. And then there’s JOHNNY WALKER which as far as I remember Night Shyamalan is being an arse-hole not letting it release…I hear great promises from Shoojit for JW and AB’s performance…I do not know in details what the copyright issue is…It seems to be a completed, good movie and is just stuck in some legal wrangle…

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          • Big B ‘s appreciation is not necessarily coming because of recent box office etc. It comes from his 50 years old body of work, “respect” that he still commands in the industry and his visibility on various entertainment platforms via movies, ads, TV shows, interviews etc.

            Respect is the key word here. In India it is highly valued. You do not get respect easily. There are certain values that one needs to have.

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          • tonymontana Says:

            There are parts of UP and Bihar where Bachchan is still the most favourite star. These people prefer watching TV reruns of Bachchan’s classics to visiting theatres. Also indicates that a film’s box office performance isn’t necessarily a true reflection of a star’s impact on the masses at large.

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          • Aman Basha Says:

            He also has Chehre coming up next week; a huge, huge project with Prabhas in the works, Jhund, Brahmastra (whenever it’ll release LOL), GoodBye and Mayday.

            Out of these, Chehre is most likely to flop and Jhund could be a huge surprise blockbuster.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      Give it a few months, and it will rise again. Public memory is very short. And don’t be surprised if they use Taliban’s threat as an election propaganda before UP elections.

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      • Aman Basha Says:

        I think nationalism and these issues work only in national elections; after 2019, the BJP has not done well in many state elections, Bihar is the only success story.

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  50. Shubhra Gupta’s pick: Across 7 decades, 75 films that celebrates the journey of India
    Some films draw an unerring bead on intractable societal problems. Some are unabashed mainstream blockbusters. Some are strictly arthouse. And they all tell stories — we bring you the 75 finest films made in India in the last 70 years.
    https://indianexpress.com/article/express-sunday-eye/play-it-as-it-was-7453791/

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  51. “Jeh Is In Romantic Song With Aamir And Me”: Kareena Kapoor On Filming Laal Singh Chaddha While Pregnant
    Kareena Kapoor gave birth to her second child Jeh Ali Khan earlier this year
    https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/jeh-is-in-romantic-song-with-aamir-and-me-kareena-kapoor-on-filming-laal-singh-chaddha-while-pregnant-2512719#pfrom=home-ndtv_lateststories

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    • I have lost respect of these stars after the total disregard they show to local culture when naming their kids after Dacoits and rapists.

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      • Aman Basha Says:

        Jehangir was a dacoit and rapist? By this logic, which king was not?

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        • Anyone who has done the following would not be an obvious choice for naming a child –

          USA – Anyone in power who is known to have supported/encouraged black slavery/killings based on race, etc. Naming your dog as Django, for example.

          Israel – Anyone in power who has supported / encouraged Nazis

          South Africa – Any one in power who has supported / encouraged racial abuse

          Same way in india who who have done atrocities on religious lines is not the name you would want to have for your child. Again this is totally parent’s choice. But u do keep local sentiments right?

          In Israel, you won’t name your child Hitler, isn’t it?

          Its just being insensitive, that’s all.

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          • Aman Basha Says:

            Your point would be true if he had been named Auranzeb or Babur. Comparing Jahangir with Hitler is being dismissive and insensitive to the horrors of the Holocaust.

            Even Ashoka murdered Jains, the examples are ad infinitum.

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          • I have seen girls named India

            Guys are named Israel (a well known serial killer in the USA was Israel Reyes)

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          • I thought Kareena’s 2nd kid’s name is only ‘Jeh Ali Khan’. Not sure if the reports for Jeh being short form for Jehangir is true or not, haven’t seen the confirmation. Either ways, not going into of history of the kings – how can the name of Hindi movies eternal love story of Mughal-E-Azam leading hero is a bad thing? Salim-Anarkali or Jehangir-Anarkali is a great folklore 🙂

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          • I tried to check..apparently Kareena book (on pregnancy) has full name,,,
            Jeh sounds modern…Jehangir is ancient (adding Ali Khan Pataudi adds heft to anything) and like naming kid RamBharose or Dhanwanti Devi…Kid would hate you later 🙂

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        • Taimur was a disaster for India.

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          • Aman Basha Says:

            Agree on Taimur, what is laughable about it is Taimur was rather cruel even in Afghanistan which is where Saif Ali Khan’s ancestry goes to. Bizarre self goal.

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          • Hopefully this Taimur will erase the memories of that Taimur.

            How many people named after good icons have turned into criminals?

            Indian catholics have overcome this name problem by naming their kids Vikram, Shyamala, Pavitra, Suguna, Sunanda, Pratap, Raj, Anand, Vijay etc. Remember Amritraj brothers? Ashok, Vijay and Anand?

            Hindus dont name their kids after Raavan, Duryodhan, Shurpanakha. I dont know about Srilanka which is the place of Raavan as a King. Lankesh is a popular name in Karnataka.

            I was browsing Quora and I found some interesting comments.

            “Not at all popular. You may come across the name Ravana very rarely. Indrajeet , you may find more. I don’t think anybody names their children Vibhishana, Kumbhakarna,surphanaka or mandodari. Of course Meghna is a popular name and you may take it as a corrupted form of meghnath, another name of f Indrajeet. Ravana’s son who died fighting Hanuma on his first visit to Lanka is Akshya Kumar which has s a popular name, but now body recalls it as the name of a son of Ravana.”

            “Look at Mahabharata. Does a proud mothet like Gandhari name her children Duryodhana, Dusshasana, and a daughter, Dusdhala. ”

            Q. it disrespectful to name your child Jesus?

            A. As professor Larson goes on to show, some states, including California, do restrict baby names, quite dramatically as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Louis Freedberg learned in October 2012, when he tried to name his infant daughter “Luc´ıa.” California’s Office of Vital Records permits only “the 26 alphabetical .

            Is it illegal to name your child Adolf?

            New Jersey only bans names that include obscenities, numerals, or symbols, so the Campbells were totally in the clear when naming their children Adolf Hitler and Joyce Lynn Aryan Nation. … Here are 35 examples of baby names that, for one reason or another, were deemed unfit for a birth certificate.

            https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/68768/22-outlawed-baby-names-around-world

            Can you name your child Allah?
            Hindus use the names of Gods, such as Ram, Krishna, Ganesh etc which may be permitted in their religion, but in Islam the name and attribute of Allah is not permitted to be used for naming kids, except by adding “Abdul” before it.

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  52. Siddhartha Malhotra’s career high point.

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  53. Biden Has Undone Many Trump Policies But Couldn’t Alter Afghanistan, Security Aide Says
    Trying to renegotiate the Taliban peace agreement Trump made in early 2020 would have led to an “onslaught,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-trump-taliban_n_611c2609e4b0ff60bf7a8659

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  54. Pratik Gandhi’s film with Hansal Mehta is titled Dedh Bigha Zameen, see first poster
    Dedh Bigha Zameen also marks Pratik Gandhi’s second collaboration with Hansal Mehta after their hit web series Scam 1992.
    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/dedh-bigha-zameen-pratik-gandhi-starrer-hansal-mehta-film-get-a-title-see-the-first-look-poster-as-the-shoot-commences-7459172/

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  55. Vicky Kaushal and filmmaker Aditya Dhar joined forces to write yet another exciting story after the success of ‘URI’. The duo announced ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’, which is being billed as a superhero movie. However, it looks like this ambitious project by Dhar has run into trouble. ETimes has it that ‘The Immortal Ashwatthama’ has been shelved due to budget issues.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/is-vicky-kaushals-the-immortal-ashwatthama-shelved-due-to-budget-issues/articleshow/85420510.cms

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  56. ‘Gun-toting Taliban forces patrolling outside building’, ‘running out of provisions’: Indians stranded in Afghanistan plead for help
    “Everyone is asking one another about updates on evacuation. So far, none from the Indian side has contacted us,” said one of the many Indians waiting to be evacuated from the country.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala/gun-toting-taliban-forces-patrolling-outside-building-running-out-of-provisions-indians-stranded-in-afghanistan-plead-for-help-7459316/

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  57. Booked first day tickets for Bell Bottom, my first theatrical experience since Tenet. Hopefully its worth the wait. Nothing like the big screen when it comes to cinema, OTTs for TV viewing at best. Box office of BB would need to be analyzed circuit wise since Maharashtra theaters are still closed for some bizarre reason (despite TPR reduction in most regions).

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    • For all the brouhaha Karan Johar’s still one of Bollywood’s biggest ring masters. A mediocre film about a legendary war hero starring a silly actor ends up winning a lottery. Is the bankruptcy of good content or just the substandard nature of our audiences, we’d never know.

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      • For that matter every film’s success is a sort of lottery. Every weekend used to be a draw to decide the fate of a film. Kjo helped Alia, Varun Dhawan, Jahnavi K. Only Alia was able to sustain her success working with big directors.
        Now it is Sidharth’s turn.
        If a Salman Khan can become a mega star with little acting skills, I dont have a problem with others who get some success.

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        • “Only Alia was able to sustain her success working with big directors.” ~ Varun & Jhanvi still get paid millions for working in films & online content despite their nothingness.

          “Only Alia was able to sustain her success working with big directors” ~ when the so called big directors themselves are completely hopeless & substandard, there’s little to salvage the industry except to question the nature of the audience whose made the Johar, Adi Chopra & Barjatya junk into epic blockbusters.

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  59. SCOOP: Zoya Akhtar to launch Khushi Kapoor & Suhana Khan as Veronica and Betty; Ibrahim Ali Khan as Archie

    In a sensational scoop this writer has been informed by a source very close to the project that Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan and Boney- Sridevi Kapoor’s younger daughter Khushi Kapoor are being cast as the desi Betty and Veronica, respectively, in Zoya Akhtar’s indigenous adaptation of Archies.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/scoop-zoya-akhtar-launch-khushi-kapoor-ibrahim-ali-khan-archie/

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  60. Taliban Blows Up Bamiyan Statue Of Hazara Leader They Executed In 1995
    Afghanistan crisis: Abdul Ali Mazari was a Hazara leader who was executed by the Taliban in 1995. Taliban, over the years, has been repeatedly attacking the Hazaras.
    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/afghanistan-crisis-taliban-blow-up-hazara-leaders-statue-after-afghanistan-takeover-2513004#pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll
    Slowly civilastion is disappearing.
    Man is back to his violent ways.

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  61. Aman Basha Says:

    Fucking Scum, hopefully Saleh and Masoud can keep the Taliban at hold.

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    • That is expected and I don’t find anything wrong…
      Mohammad Najibullah in 1996 was killed, dragged and hanged publicly..

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      • Aman Basha Says:

        Running away is understandable; running with 169 million dollars in cash? Just underscores the amount of corruption that took place. At least Najibullah was popular in Kabul and urban areas.

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  62. Tum Aaoge? No, nahi aayenge in cinemas!

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  63. How will India bring back many Indians stuck there? Another Airlift and another Take Off or Tiger Zinda Hai situation?

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/afghanistan-crisis-live-updates-taliban-sweep-across-afghanistans-south-take-4-more-cities/liveblog/85388209.cms

    Afghanistan will not be a democracy, will be ruled under islamic law, says senior Taliban member, reports Reuters

    And who expected it to be a democracy in the first place?

    Islamic scholars to decide role of women in Afghanistan, says senior Taliban member, reports Reuters

    What about the role of men?

    I am comparing it with the cultural revolution by Mao who tortured both men and women equally.

    What about Myanmar? Iran? And North Korea?

    Half the world is in turmoil and the other half is watching with concern about repercussions.

    Can diamond cut diamond? Can China cut Taliban by befriending it? Will Taliban trust China in the wake of Uyghurs’ woes?

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  64. KBC returns with new rules and updates: Celebrity guests every Friday and more

    Amitabh Bachchan will return with a new season of Kaun Banega Crorepati on August 23.

    The new season will feature some important updates too.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/tv/kbc-13-returns-with-amitabh-bachchan-and-some-updates-celebrity-guests-every-friday-and-more-101629297561566.html

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  65. BB is getting positive reviews.

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  66. Somebody commented that USA, after spending 20 years, spending trillion dollars, decision by 4 Presidents, thousands of lives, replaced Taliban with Taliban!

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/afghanistan-crisis-10-mistakes-us-made-in-its-longest-one-of-the-most-expensive-wars/articleshow/85409015.cms

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  67. Aman Basha Says:

    Bell Bottom seems set to be a hit, with further reviews, I will wave the white flag to Naveen.

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