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13: Mysore Pak - Hard Vs Soft: The Great Dessert Battle!
Southern Slurp
access_time3 hours ago
The war zones are laid out, and the camps are split into the Crumbly Hard side to the right, and the soft melt-in-the-mouth side to the left. Welcome, to the great MYSORE PAK Dessert Battle! This is Vikram, and you're listening to Southern Slurp. Herein shall you find recipes, histories and mysteries from the many kitchens of South India. We have a large, wonderful tasting menu of episodes; some sweet, some spicy and all of them equally filling. Check them out on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Jio Saavn.
883: Vicky Kaushal Shines in Psychological-Horror Drama ‘Bhoot’
News and Views
access_time2 days ago
There are some very common tropes that we associate with the horror genre and debutant director Bhanu Pratap Singh pretty much ticks most of the boxes. With some, he genuinely excels but by the end of this two and a half hour saga, the film loses steam. In 'Bhoot', the moments of dread are as important as the buildup. But this unrelenting ominous journey has its fair share of hits and misses. Host: Stutee Ghosh Music: Big Bang Fuzz
882: ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’: A Sincere, Filmy Tribute to Love
News and Views
access_time3 days ago
'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' makes many smart moves and most pay off. The addition of Ayushmann Khurana and Jitendra Kumar and the “normal” way their “love” is shown. It begins at a point where it almost seems like the two confide in us that they can’t stay without each other. There is just as much explanation provided for this attraction as there would have been if say Ayushmann and Bhumi Pednekar were paired opposite each other (The latter makes a small cameo appearance in the film). But that how it is, na? They are in love. In fact, it’s deliciously entertaining how the DDLJ tropes are used to legitimise their actions. Host: Stutee Ghosh Music: Big Bang Fuzz
881: 1967: When India Fought China to Restore Its Self-Respect And Won
News and Views
access_time3 days ago
In 1967, India fought China to protect its land and won. But why was this crucial victory forgotten? Probal DasGupta, the author of ‘Watershed 1967: India’s forgotten victory over China’, weighs in.
880: 'Mughal-e-Azam' to 'Raunaq & Jassi' — The Making of a Musical
News and Views
access_time4 days ago
In 1960, Bollywood saw the release of an ambitious film Mughal-e-Azam starring Madhubala and Dilip Kumar which was directed by K Asif. It was the widest release of any Indian film at that time that also left behind a whole lot of nostalgia. Fifty-six years later, in 2016, theatre and film director Feroze Abbas Khan made an equally ambitious adaptation of this cult classic in a grand Broadway style musical. And he’s back again with yet another musical — Raunaq & Jassi, which is based on Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Feroze Abbas Khan and actress Neha Sargam, who’s playing the role of Jassi in this musical joins us in this special News and Views podcast, where they discuss the art of making a musical and tell us about their desi version of Shakespear’s love story. Tune in! Music:  Raunaq & Jassi Mughal-e-Azam - The Musical Big Bang Fuzz Producer and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha Guests: Feroze Abbas Khan, Theatre and Film Director Neha Sargam, Actor Editor: Shelly Walia
879: Interview: Montek Singh Ahluwalia on The State of The Indian Economy
News and Views
access_time7 days ago
In this episode of Rajpath, economist and former Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia speaks to The Quint’s Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia on a range of issues pertaining to the state of the Indian economy, and also looks back on his years in government. What does the current economic situation need? How will India be able to make its way through this slowdown? Sanjay Pugalia sits down with Montek Singh Ahluwalia to get these answers. Guest: Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Former Deputy Chairperson, Planning Commission Host: Sanjay Pugalia, Editorial Director, The Quint
878: Review: Clumsy Script and Cliches Disappoint in ‘Love Aaj Kal’
News and Views
access_time10 days ago
Flawed characters are enticing and their relatability makes them endearing. Love and relationships we all know are complicated Is it chemistry, is it biology? Does it develop over time or does the first flush of romance leave an indelible mark forever? Such questions are ready fodder for any film about the conflict of the head and the heart. Ali himself has always had such emotionally fragile and flawed characters. While his films like Jab We Met and Rockstar have excelled, he has also ended up making the same kind of film over and over again. But none of his previous films have been as outdated and frustrating to watch as his latest endeavour. VO: RJ Stutee Music: Big Bang Fuzz
878: Delhi Rejects Hate Politics: Shaheen Bagh ‘Shocks’ The BJP
News and Views
access_time11 days ago
Briefly, when counting for Delhi elections started, some 'godi media' channels were saying that compared to the 2015 Assembly elections the BJP has improved. But, eight seats in an Assembly of 70 seats simply cannot be given a positive spin. It is a wipe out and this must be contrasted not with the 2015 Assembly elections, but with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections where, just months ago, the BJP won all seven seats winning in 65 out of the 70 assembly segments. From that, is has tumbled back down to less than 10, and it is what the BJP must now do ‘chintan’ on. The word that the BJP must be hating the most right now ironically, is the word hate and its religious twin bigotry religious hatred. VO: Rohit Khanna Music: Big Bang Buzz
877: Sadia and Aadil's Performance Gives 'Shikara' its Soul
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access_time14 days ago
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s latest directorial venture opens with the caveat that it’s a work of fiction based on true events. Also, we are told that the people we see on the screen at the refugee camps aren't just actors but actual refugees who were displaced and rendered homeless during one of the most tragic chapters in our country’s history - the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. It is Chopra’s most personal work so far and also his most restrained. The screenplay by him, along with Rahul Pandita and Abhijat Joshi weaves a tale of love and longing. An ode to Kashmir, to all the goodness, that it once stood for. Tune in to the podcast! Music: Big Bang Fuzz VO: RJ Stutee
877: 'Malang' Just Another One of Those Thrillers You Forget About
News and Views
access_time14 days ago
Two purposeless vagabonds with loads of money meet in Goa and decide to have fun in Malang. Soon, the viewers are in for a treat. There is a method to this madness. The free- spirited girl Sara we thought had no higher calling tells us she has many fears in life that she wants to conquer . For example she quips, “I want to be with a stranger and have fun.” Ahem. Not just that, she wants to bungee jump and do a host of other things. But there was one particular ambition of her’s that really spoke to me. That was - “I want to have everything I can eat in a day.” Really ? Eat everything ? Was she simply hungry ? Was that the reason she was prancing around so much? Well, we had to give up that strain of thought soon because no one pursued it . The saga of a hungry heroine would have been so much fun, but instead we have an angry hero. Tune in to the podcast for the full review. Music: Big Bang Fuzz VO: RJ Stutee
12: Chettinad: Hyper Local Recipes, Global Influences, Must Try!
Southern Slurp
access_time16 days ago
Chettinad cuisine can't be reduced to a one liner. It's got recipes that would sit well in a desert in Rajasthan. But also, some of the finest versions of fish gravies and prawn curries. You could dedicate a complete section to its offal menu, like brain masala and stomach sambols. Or drool over the legendary pepper chicken and prawn gravy. Yet, an elaborate vegetarian feast replete with baby potato fry will make the table groan.  You'd think Chettinad cuisine is all about the hyper-local flavours, cooked in ancient, traditional methods. Until you taste the stodgy bread and butter putting, that's part of the 'Butler Cuisine' of the 'Chettinad Bangalas' aka bungalows. Listen in for more!
876: A Kashmiri Journalist Explains the History of Militancy in the Valley
News and Views
access_time18 days ago
On the night of 19 January 1990, all hell broke loose in Kashmir — a place many think of as ‘Heaven on Earth’. Several mosques in Srinagar played the Azaadi slogans, asking the Indian security forces to quit: ‘aey jabiro, aey zalimo, Kashmir hamara chhor dou’ . They didn’t. Those who were in barracks and bunkers and at the borders were brought down to kitchens and bedrooms by the deafening chants. It triggered the exodus of the minority Kashmiri Pandits — who had started to move out in smaller numbers months prior. They call it ‘Holocaust Day’. The following day, CRPF machine guns left over 50 Kashmiri Muslim demonstrators dead and scores injured in a peaceful procession at Gawkadal. Kashmiri Muslims remember 21 January as ‘the beginning of the genocide’ — ‘the first massacre’.These were turning points in Kashmir’s post-1947 political and cultural history that changed its socio-political landscape. But the metamorphosis didn’t happen overnight. Tune in to the podcast for the full story! Voiceover and Narration: Ahmed Ali Fayyaz Producer: Shorbori Purkayastha Editor: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz
875: Does Budget 2020 Find Solutions For India’s Economic Slowdown?
News and Views
access_time20 days ago
At a time when the country is going through an economic crisis and requires big, bold reforms, Budget 2020 serves to be one that is ordinary. Many experts have even called it ‘disappointing’ and ‘disastrous.’ The share market fell sharply in the last five days, incurring losses of four lakh crores. There were expectations that the budget would provide the much needed respite, but that didn’t happen. The Quint's Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia analyses Budget 2020 to decode whether the steps taken by the government will help alleviate the economic crisis faced by the country.
874: Review: ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ Has Spunk, but Could Have Been Braver
News and Views
access_time21 days ago
Let’s start with a short rant about how trailers of films these days leave nothing to our imagination. That the girl our hero “picked up” from the pub could be his daughter. That there is at least 33.333% chance that it is true . In fact, the trailer also confirms it for us . We even know that Jazz (Saif Ali Khan) is running away from committing to relationships as resolutely as he is trying to defy his growing age. So when we finally watch Jawaani Jaaneman, there aren’t too many surprises for us . However, director Nitin Kakkar and writer Hussain Dalal have taken a smart approach - they don’t depend on plot twists to hold our attention. The plot borders on the expected, even faltering frequently. Listen to the podcast for the rest of the review! Host: Stutee Ghosh  Producer: Zijah Sherwani
873: All Dance & No Story Makes ‘Street Dancer 3D’ a Big Bore
News and Views
access_time27 days ago
Have you seen ABCD and ABCD 2? Faithfully consumed different types of dance reality shows? Then why even bother with Street Dancer? That too 3-D Sigh. Remo D’Souza‘s latest offering as a director has Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor dancing it out in London.  Both can’t stand each other and belong to warring teams. Sahej is an Indian and Inayat a Pakistani, and their meeting ground is Anna AKA Prabhu Deva’s restaurant. From showing off their films based on their dance forms to indulging in donut fights, the eatery has seen it all. For a film about dance, that too helmed by a well-known choreographer, Prabhu Deva’s inclusion seems only natural. Both Varun and Shraddha are known to wring their bodies into various enviable positions with grace. And this film also has some familiar faces who have wowed us in dance reality shows over the years like Dharmesh Yelande, Punit Pathak and Salman Yusuf Khan. Nora Fatehi, known to set fire to the stage, is a formidable presence. It’s another thing that she is completely sidelined and her track totally lost in the most absurd fashion. The dance quotient is great even though there isn’t much that we haven’t seen or heard for that matter, considering it’s teeming with remixes. But some might argue that no one ever tires of watching Prabhudeva in ‘Muqqabla 2.0.’ Listen to the podcast for the FULL review! Host: Stutee Ghosh
872: Of Prison Fetishes and Death Rows: Inside the Four Walls of Tihar
News and Views
access_time30 days ago
Sunetra has been a journalist for many years and is currently the Political Editor for the Hindustan Times and the “confessions” that she writes about are Sunil Gupta’s own from his time in Tihar, where he was a jailer for 35 years. In this podcast Gupta recalls the first day of his job when he bumped into none other than one of India’s most feared serial killer Charles Sobraj. During his time in Tihar, Gupta also witnessed eight executions including those of terror convicts Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon and rapists Billa and Ranga. Much has been reported on these criminals and their cases and a lot is still being reported. For instance, recently, J&K DSP Davinder Singh who Afzal Guru had accused of torturing him in police custody was arrested in the company of militants. Does Sharma think executions are necessary or should India do away with it? Tune in to this podcast, for the full interview with Sunetra Choudhury and Sunil Sharma who share anecdotes about prison superstitions, fetishes and the anatomy of an execution! Producer and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha Guests: Sunil Sharma and Sunetra Choudhury, co-authors of “Black Warrants: Confessions of a Tihar Jailer” Editor: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz
871: Review: Nuanced Screenplay, Performances Make ‘Panga’ a Winner
News and Views
access_time1 month ago
Panga is a film about a woman trying to live her dream. A dream she put in abeyance because life took an unexpected turn. It would be reductive to call Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s latest film just a sports drama. A kabaddi player trying to be back in the team is one thread that holds it together. However, unlike other such movies where everything is a lead up to that big athletic moment of adrenaline rush, Panga ‘s beauty lies in its soft, almost non-confrontational resistance against all odds to fulfill one’s desire. Tune in to the podcast for the full movie review!
870: Explained: How the Azad Hind Fauj Changed India’s Freedom Struggle
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access_time1 month ago
Subhash Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj – or Indian National Army (INA) – is a crucial chapter in India’s freedom struggle. How did an army comprising prisoners of war and formed on foreign soil fight for India’s freedom? On Bose’s 124th birth anniversary on 23 January, we charted how the Azad Hind Fauj came into being, the war campaigns it fought, and the role it played in India’s Independence. Host: Maanvi Editor: Vishnu Gopinath Watch the video explainer here (https://www.thequint.com/explainers/explained-how-netaji-subhash-chandra-bose-azad-hind-fauj-changed-india-freedom-struggle) . Check out other podcasts from The Quint (https://www.thequint.com/podcast) .
869: Exiled Kashmiri Pandits Recount Their Memories of 19 January 1990
News and Views
access_time1 month ago
On the night of 19 January 1990, lakhs of Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of the Kashmir in the wake of the rising insurgency in the valley. Most of them were forced to leave without any belongings.
868: 'Hum Dekhenge' Targeted Not Only in India But Also in Pak: Faiz’s Grandson Recounts
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access_time1 month ago
Dr Ali Madeeh Hashmi is a psychiatrist by profession even as poetry runs in his genes. Being Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s grandson, it’s only laazim that Dr Hashmi is also an author of two books and numerous articles, including an authoritative biography of the poet. Amidst the storm around Faiz’s poem ‘Hum Dekhenge’ in India, complete with the constitution of an IIT committee to judge the verse, The Quint's Nishtha Gautam spoke to Dr Hashmi about Faiz’s life, poetry, and wit. Sound Design/Edit: Fabeha Syed
867: P Chidambaram Talks About BJP's 'Hindutva Politics', Budget 2020, and the Indian Economy
News and Views
access_time1 month ago
Former Union Minister P Chidambaram spoke to The Quint's Editorial Director Sanjay Pugalia in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, 15 January. Mr Chidambaram talks about the economy, the BJP's policies, and how it's "too late" for the Centre to remedy the economy before the end of another financial year. Host: Sanjay Pugalia Guest: P Chidambaram, Former Union Minister
11: Happy Pongal! Here's How Tamil Nadu Whipped Magic With the Dal-Rice Combo
Southern Slurp
access_time1 month ago
Pongal is a festival. And it's also Tamil Nadu's original, authentic, ancient recipe. In fact, for millions of Tamilians across the globe today, Pongal - the dish - is a daily driver. It's what oils the wheels of Kollywood, the Tamil film industry!  I bring you sweet and savory variants from rural and urban Tamil Nadu, stories about 'shooting Pongal' and the hilarious myth behind your monthly oil bath! Take a listen.
866: Who is an Indian Citizen? How India Has Defined Citizenship Over the Years
News and Views
access_time1 month ago
“How are we making Indian citizenship so ridiculously cheap?” I know what you’re thinking. Another story on what a politician thinks about citizenship in India. Except, this is not an argument made in 2020. Or even 2019. This is from 1949, when PS Deshmukh, India’s first Agriculture Minister, was debating citizenship in the Constituent Assembly. Who is an Indian citizen, who isn’t and who can be — this is a question which has been debated in India since Independence. Now, as we discuss Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019; the National Register of Citizens, and the aftermath of India’s partition again, let’s see how this debate has changed. Host: Maanvi Editor: Mohammad Ibrahim & Vishal Kumar
865: What Triggered Conspiracies Around Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death?
News and Views
access_time1 month ago
In 1965, Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of India, immortalised the India of his times with the slogan, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”. There was a scarcity of wheat in the country and Shastri raised this slogan as a call for soldiers and farmers to defend India and also increase the production of food grains. Not long after that his stint was cut short with his sudden untimely death on 11 January 1966, in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, which was then a part of the Soviet Union. Even many decades after, the circumstances of his death are debated. And on his death anniversary we revisit the missing links that triggered these debates through the accounts of the late veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar who was in to Tashkent with the former Prime Minister. We also spoke to his son Anil Shastri, who was then only 16-years-old, to know of what Shastri's family's demands are and also what he remembers of his father. Tune in! Music: Big Bang Buzz
864: Historical Inaccuracies Aside, ‘Tanhaji’ Is Visually Stunning
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access_time2 months ago
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior - yet another film to tell us that the Marathas were great! Obviously we can’t hold it against them, can we? Ajay Devgn’s 100th film sees him essaying the role of the brave Maratha warrior Tanhaji Malusare, one of the closest aides of Shivaji Maharaj. The Kondhana fort was of strategic importance for the then Mughal ruler to fortify his hold on the southern base of India. Shivaji Maharaj sent Tanhaji to capture it and Aurangzeb sent Udaybhan Rathore aka Saif Ali Khan to defend the fortress. On the big screen we see Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan battle it out in 3-D! Tune in to this podcast for the full review! Host: RJ Stutee
863: Despite Flaws, ‘Chhapaak’ Tackles a Powerful Topic With Sincerity
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Chhapaak opens with protests against the barbaric Nirbhaya rape case in 2012. As tear gas and police lathis meet the spirited protestors , there’s an eerie similarity to what is happening in the country today. Among the protestors is a father carrying a passport- size photo of his daughter’s disfigured face, and that is trying to catch the attention of a TV journalist. Women and the crimes against them are still vying for attention from mainstream media! Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
862: As NRC Not Off the Table, What About Flawed Foreigners Tribunals?
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
For now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put the brakes on his government’s plans for a pan-India National Register of Citizens or NRC. But, it is not a complete rollback. In May 2019, PM Modi took a key step towards a nationwide NRC by amending the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order of 1964 – making it applicable throughout India, effectively allowing the government to set up foreigners tribunals in every Indian state. But why does the government want to set up foreigners tribunals in all the states? And more importantly, what does a foreigners tribunal do? We bring you this investigation from The Quint. Host: Poonam Agarwal, Head of Investigations, The Quint
861: The Real Fallout of Fake News in 2019
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
From the Pulwama terror attack to nationwide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 saw a barrage of misinformation/disinformation along with the regular news cycle. The Quint spoke to some of the people who became the target of fake news and how these events impacted their lives. Read the story here (https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/impact-of-fake-news-on-lives-of-people-in-2019) . Host: Divya Chandra Editor: Vishnu Gopinath
10: Puliogare - The Story of Tamarind Rice is About Alchemy and Emotion!
Southern Slurp
access_time2 months ago
This is a story about Puliogare. Tamarind rice. And alchemy. And a culinary war that continues till today.  Kannadigas call it PuLiogare. The Telugus call it PuLihOrA. In Tamil land, it's called PuLiodharai. And the Maharashtrians have historically called it Ambil Bhath! This version of mixed rice has been around since at least before the 3rd century BC. And we're pretty sure it's from the kitchens of south India. Steamed white rice, tamarind paste, fenugreek, dried chillies, salt, sesame oil and the genius idea that brought it all together. The ingredients of this recipe have always been readily available, and always been cheap. There no onions! And that's why the tamarind rice is the most common prasad across temples in South India. It's easy to make. It doesn't spoil for at least two days! Listen to this episode to know everything about the unbelievably tasty dish!
860: Bollywood’s Role in Times of Political Crisis: A Quint Roundtable
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Swara Bhasker, Varun Grover, Anubhav Sinha, Renuka Shahane, and Neeraj Ghaywan join us for a discussion on Bollywood's role in contemporary Indian politics, at a time when massive protests against CAA and NRC continue across the country, as does violent police repression in places such as Uttar Pradesh. Do film industry professionals have a responsibility to speak up at such times of political turmoil, or is that an unfair expectation to burden them with? Tune in to this podcast! Host: Meghnad Bose Guests: Swara Bhaskar, Actor Varun Grover, Comedian & Lyricist Anubhav Sinha, Director Renuka Shahane, Actor Neeraj Ghaywan, Director Music: Big Bang Fuzz
860: Bollywood’s Role in Times of Political Crisis: A Quint Roundtable
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Swara Bhasker, Varun Grover, Anubhav Sinha, Renuka Shahane, and Neeraj Ghaywan join us for a discussion on Bollywood's role in contemporary Indian politics, at a time when massive protests against CAA and NRC continue across the country, as does violent police repression in places such as Uttar Pradesh. Do film industry professionals have a responsibility to speak up at such times of political turmoil, or is that an unfair expectation to burden them with? Tune in to this podcast! Host: Meghnad Bose Guests: Swara Bhasker, Actor Varun Grover, Comedian & Lyricist Anubhav Sinha, Director & Producer Renuka Shahane, Actor Neeraj Ghaywan, Director Music: Big Bang Fuzz
859: The Most Unforgettable Films of the Last 20 Years
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
It’s that time of the year when listicles descend on us from everywhere . ‘Top 5’ this to ‘10 Best’ that and so, we decided to go ahead and make our own list of films and cinematic moments from the last two decades that have become so much a part of our popular culture that we can’t imagine our lives without them anymore . These might not be the best films of the year, cinematically talking, but they sure are ‘sticky’ enough to resonate with us and to be a part of our collective consciousness forever. Here are the best of the last two decades, in no particular order! Host: Stutee Ghosh Editor & Producer: Zijah Sherwani
858: Akshay and Kareena Light Up the Sperm Mix-up Saga in ‘Good Newwz’
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Directed by Raj Mehta , Good Newwz is a smartly made film that knows its strengths and plays to them. For one, it’s an extremely good looking film with people with blessed genes inhabiting almost every frame. A special mention for Kareena Kapoor who looks absolutely stunning. From the sets to the clothes, the beauty is everywhere. Also, the pace compliments the proceedings, so even if there are a couple of average scenes or a few flat jokes here and there, we don’t linger on to complain. Of the two couples in the film Good Newwz - one of them calls it a “sperm- mix-up” and the other a “spam-mixer” and that should give us an idea about how different their worlds are. Deepti and Varun (Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar), a Mumbai based posh couple versus Honey and Monika (Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani), the loud, jovial Punjabi husband and wife. The only thing common between them is their surname - Batra, which is also the main reason for all the confusion and chaos that ensues. Listen to the podcast for the rest of the review! Host: Stutee Ghosh Producer: Zijah Sherwani
Is Modi’s Untruth About NRC an Attempt to Stop Growing Protests?
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the NRC at a BJP rally contradicts his own Home Minister Amit Shah’s statement in Parliament. So, if Modi and Shah are saying two completely contradictory things, whom do you believe? On this doublespeak of the government on plans for a nationwide NRC exercise, I Have A Question. Tune into the podcast for more.
857: Fact Check: PM Modi’s Claim That India Has No Detention Centres is Misleading
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
PM Narendra Modi's speech at Ramlila Maidan kick-started BJP's campaign in Delhi. People were watching the speech for some comment on the violence that took place during the anti-CAA protest just 500 m from Ramlila Maidan. But most of the statements made by PM Modi were misleading. Here are some fact-checks on the statements made by the prime minister in his speech.
856: Here’s Your Round-Up of All the Fake News Around CAA Protests
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Fake videos, old pictures and manipulated content has once again flooded the internet in light of the nationwide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. These unverified posts are targeting protesting students and Delhi Police alike. The Quint's WebQoof team has identified and debunked at least nine fake news stories in the past five days. Let's go over them today. One of the most viral video clips, shared by many BJP functionaries including the party's IT cell head Amit Malviya, hit out at students of Aligarh Muslim University for raising 'anti-Hindu' slogans. In his tweet, Malviya said that “AMU students are chanting Hinduon ki kabr khudegi, AMU ki dharti par..”' and this particular tweet has garnered over 11,000 reactions. Listen to the podcast for the rest. Host: Kritika Goel Editor: Sandeep Suman
855: ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ Fails to Explore Modern-Day Relationships
News and Views
access_time2 months ago
Pati - Abhinav Tyagi. Patni - Vedika Tripathi, and Woh - Tapasya Singh ! That’s our world for 128 minutes . Abhinav Tyagi (Kartik Aaryan) and Vaidehi Tripathi ( Bhumi Pednekar) have an arranged alliance, where on their first meeting, Vaidehi tells Abhinav aka Chintu that she likes “sex” and because rebellion doesn’t seem to suit her she would rather give restriction a chance . He is instantly floored by her declaration, and the saat pheres commence quickly. After three years of marital bliss, Tapasya Singh aka Ananya Panday knocks at Tyagi ji’s door and all hell breaks loose. Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
854: ‘Mardaani 2’ Suffers From Patchy Writing Despite Good Performances
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access_time2 months ago
Rani Mukerji reprises her role of Inspector Shivani Roy. In her previous outing, she uncovered a child-trafficking racket. Years later, Inspector Shivani is now posted as SP in Kota. Still as fierce and a no-nonsense cop, this time around she is being challenged by a psychotic serial killer who rapes and then tortures his female victims . The misogyny mouthed by him is nauseous and the attack carefully planned. We dive into this barbaric world where director Gopi Puthran doesn’t waste much time in telling us about a killer on the loose. It’s a relentless battle of wits, the crime committed is barbaric and the attacker always a step ahead of the police. Tune into this podcast for the full review!
9: How Papad is Not the Same as Appalam is Not the Same as Pappadum!
Southern Slurp
access_time3 months ago
Papad/Appalam/Pappadum! The one food item that announces the beginning of a South Indian feast.  And when there's nothing to eat, except some rice, and maybe buttermilk, it becomes a substitute for all other dishes.  You may be a super spy, but this is something you can't eat silently.  And it's not the same as papad. Here's why.
853: ‘Panipat: The Great Betrayal’ Is a Boring History Lecture
News and Views
access_time3 months ago
Let’s just call it Ashutosh Gowariker’s version of history, but even then Panipat: The Great Betrayal is a hard pill to swallow. The action starts from Shaniwarwada in Pune, the capital of the Maratha empire and moves on to Panipat - where the epic battle was fought. At 173 minutes, with an army of writers responsible for the dreary screenplay, Gowariker’s Panipat seemed to have lasted as long as the war. Tune in to this podcast to listen to the full review!
852: Hotel Mumbai: Movie Reviews With RJ Stutee
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access_time3 months ago
The problem with films based on real life events is that one is already aware of how things will pan out. And so, the challenge lies in keeping us invested in the story. In this respect, Hotel Mumbai excels. We plunge headlong into the events that led to the dastardly terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, and director Anthony Maras – who has also written the screenplay along with John Collee – keeps his hold on the narrative steady and focused. The cold efficiency with which violence is depicted and how it disrupts the rhythm of everyday life in the busy lanes of Mumbai has an accompanying foreboding tone that is hard to ignore. Even as the background music is kept to the minimum, the unmissable sound of ricocheting bullets keeps us at the edge of our seats. A casual conversation between two people is suddenly disrupted as one of them drops dead. For most of us, the memories of 26/11 are still fresh in our minds even 11 years on. We were glued to our TV sets as we followed the tense moments of the crisis; and so the use of real-time footage is both clever and hugely impactful. In fact, the film even manages to astutely show the many lapses in security that happened due to the live coverage of the attack by media. The gaze is democratic. Listen to the podcast for the full review. Host: Stutee Ghosh
851: Malcha Mahal: A Royal Mess of Myths and Lies
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Delhi of the early seventies. A woman appears, almost out of nowhere, and declares herself to be a queen – Begum of Awadh to be more specific. She comes with an entourage of servants, around 15 hounds and her two children - Princess Sakina and Prince Cyrus. What she is looking for is a palace befitting of a royal family. It takes her around eight years to get the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, to accept her claim. That she had been wronged. That she deserved the dignity of a royal. And a palace she is given finally not exactly what she had in mind but this would have to be it — Malcha Mahal. If the name suggest any sense of grandeur, the place is devoid of it. Because well, Malcha Mahal is not exactly a palace but a 14th Century hunting lodge made of stone tucked away in the middle of a jungle in central Delhi. Over the next handful of decades, the mystery that the Begum brought with her would pique everybody's interests. They were a lonesome lot, living in the middle of civilization yet so far away from it. They shooed away visitors, rarely appeared in public like the other erstwhile royals. They'd continue to live in Malcha Mahal uncared for, unkempt, in abject poverty like ghosts, unable to come to terms with the present till the last of them Prince Cyrus would pass away in 2017. And then comes an interesting twist. These royal descendants of Awadh were not royals after all. There was an inkling that something was amiss about the whole charade of royalty- but what exactly was it? That was story that journalists here were trying to crack for decades unsuccessfully until very recently when the mystery was disentangled by Ellen Barry a journalist for New York Times. Tune in to this podcast where journalists recount their visits to Malcha Mahal and their encounters with the recluse prince. In Photos: The ‘Danse Macabre’ in Malcha Mahal (https://www.thequint.com/photos/in-photos-malcha-mahal-prince-ali-raza-begum-wilayat-sakina) Editor and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha Guests: Jaskirat Singh Bawa, Senior Editor, The Quint Rupinder Kaur, Former Journalist Producer: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz
850: Remembering 26/11: Survivors of 2008 Mumbai Attack Recount Their Tale of Horror
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10 LeT terrorists launched coordinated attacks on several prime locations in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Many innocent lives were lost and some survived to tell the tale. The physical wounds may have healed for these survivors, but the memories of the fateful night are still etched in their minds. On the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, some survivors rewind to the gruesome night. Tune in to the podcast! Reporter: Divya Talwar Music: Big Bang Fuzz
849: Hemant Karkare’s Daughter Talks About Writing a Book on Her Father
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Hemant Karkare was eating dinner with his family on the night of 26 November 2008 when Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists orchestrated 12 attacks in Mumbai that would last for four days. Being the Joint Commissioner of Police and the chief of the Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorist Squad Karkare left the dinner only to be killed in action outside Cama hospital. Eleven years since Jui Karkare lost her father Hemant Karkare to the 26/11 attacks, she is releasing a book 'Hemant Karkare — A Daughter’s Memoir'. Jui who is the eldest amongst her three siblings spoke to The Quint about her book and her father.  Editor and VO: Shorbori Purkayastha Reporter: Ankita Sinha Producer: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz
8: Hyderabadi Biryani is the Best South Indian Biryani - Or Is It?
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Ask any Hyderabadi, and he will tell you that his Biryani is BAE. Ask a layman on the streets of Chennai, and he'll swear by Dindugul Biryani, or say Ambur Biryani is the original Biryani. Travel to Kerala, and the 'chetta' will offer you the ancient 'Kuzhi Mandhi' on a plate and tell you this alone is the one true Biryani!  So here's everything you need to know about the Biryanis of the South.
848: Pagalpanti - Movie Reviews With RJ Stutee
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How much can one really say about a film that doesn’t have anything to say itself? A character called Neeraj Modi (Inaamulhaq) - even with the last letter of the first name changed, it does bring to mind a certain fugitive diamond merchant named Mr Modi. He is the bad man here and as our leading men make a mincemeat of him, patriotism becomes the last refuge of Pagalpanti. “Desh ke liye ise aur desh ka churaya hua paisa” is actually uttered in this make belief world of do-gooders who might be the brand ambassadors of bad luck but have “desh bhakti ka jazba” still throbbing in their hearts . Listen to the podcast for the rest of the review! Host: Stutee Ghosh
847: Hero or Villain — Where Do We Place Tipu Sultan in Indian History?
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Hazrat Tipu Sultan — the 18th century ruler of Mysore who's long gone but he still can’t shake off controversies in modern Indian politics. He's perhaps one of those historical figures of India with an identity crisis. Different aspects of his rule have been highlighted by different people for political reasons and there's really no consensus yet on how we should see his life and work in modern India. You’re listening to a special News and Views podcast on The Quint and I’m Shorbori – and yes, you guessed it right, I am gonna be talking about Tipu Sultan in this podcast and try –– with the help of scholars and historians – and understand the controversy surrounding the historical figure. Is he the Tiger of Mysore? Or Is he a tyrant? Is he a freedom fighter? Or is he a murderous bigot? Or is he perhaps the genius who used the first rockets against the British? — It all depends on who you're asking. Tune in to this podcast! Host and Editor: Shorbori Purkayastha Reporter: Arpita Raj Producer: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz
846: India's Day-Night Test Debut Comes With Pink Ball Problems
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Indian cricket will finally embrace the pink revolution after initial reluctance when Virat Kohli's seemingly infallible side lock horns with a deflated Bangladesh in their maiden Day/Night Test starting in Kolkata on Friday.
845: ‘Is It Ambedkar, Periyar Followers Who Lynch?’ Students Ask Ramdev
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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev recently courted controversy when he called followers of BR Ambedkar and Periyar “ideological terrorists” in an interview with TV anchor Arnab Goswami. Followers of the Indian reformers and social icons from across the country reacted sharply to Ramdev’s remarks.
844: What Swami Chinmayanand Rape Case Did to Shahjahanpur And its People
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The sexual assault case involving former union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, grabbed headlines in August 2019 after the 23-year-old law student who accused him went missing after she posted a video on Facebook alleging a ‘sant samaj’ leader was threatening to kill her and has ruined many girls’ lives. Ironically, as the case caught nation's attention and was talked about all across, Shahjahanpur, Chinmayanand's stronghold, fell silent. This case left the town unable to decide who is at fault, whom do they support, the girl or Chinmayanand? I traveled to the heart of the Chinmayanand Rape Case controversy to find out. Tune in to The Big Story! Host and Reporter: Zijah Sherwani Editor: Shorbori Purkayastha Producer: Shelly Walia Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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