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The Quint

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From in-depth interviews and carefully curated opinions to hard-hitting political analysis and even the latest movie reviews, check out News and Views!
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access_time23 days ago
It’s AK aka Anurag Kashyap Vs AK aka Anil Kapoor in this new Vikramaditya Motwane film that’s streaming on Netflix. 

Written by Avinash Sampath , it has cameos by Sonam Kapoor , Harshwardhan Kapoor, Boney Kapoor . Now everyone here is playing themselves. So Anil Kapoor is very much the star who like we see in the trailer expresses a desire to work with the maverick filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. Kashyap isn’t too enthused and makes his displeasure quite apparent. 

Both soon fall headlong into a collision and verbal repartees fly and even physical blows are exchanged. Anurag goes ahead and talks about his crazy idea which he projects as “the most dangerous hostage thriller in the world of cinema”. Kidnapping Sonam Kapoor where only Anil gets to rescues her. Is this for real? Well that’s for all of you to find.

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time1 month ago
Turns out it’s not the horror films that are scary but the ones pretending too hard to belong to the genre that one should truly be afraid of. Durgamati ranks right up there with Akshay Kumar’s Laxmii in this regard. Was the coronavirus and this sad year not bad enough that we now are being made to sit through terrible remakes of South Indian films?

Durgamati, a remake of the Tamil and Telugu bilingual Bhaagamathie has this uncanny ability to make you realize that you have made a mistake in the first 10 minutes itself. Not that anything drastically bad happens, but witnessing characters who do not talk to each other and instead shout at one another as if for the viewers to hear them and react always makes us look at any film uneasily. The dubbing only gets stranger as Durgamati progresses.

Tune in for the review.
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access_time2 months ago
Monty, a PT teacher at a school in Haryana, couldn't care less about his job. Readily giving up his allotted period so other teachers can complete their syllabus, Monty (played by Rajkummar Rao) seems quite content with the little life has to offer. His closest friend is his former teacher and present colleague Shuklaji (Saurabh Shukla).

And while Monty’s mother threatens to dig in her heels and get him married to the next girl they meet, he nurtures big dreams about romance and getting to know his partner before committing to marriage. But there are contradictions here too. Monty is also a proud member of the Sanskriti Dal, where these self appointed Sanskriti ke Rakshaks harass couples, old and young, on Valentine’s Day. Tune in to podcast for the full review!

VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time3 months ago
Shanknaad, dhaak, ghonta, Chandipaath, Ulluldhvani, and pujor gaan. These are the sounds that bring Durga Puja alive, but this year pujo is going to be very different. The raging pandemic has forced us to stay away from any pandal-hopping and avoid any gatherings. However, you don't have to feel bummed out. If you have been working from home all this while, how about celebrating the pujo from home now?

In this special podcast, some of the Bengali Quintees are telling us about the different pujo sounds and what do they mean.

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Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
Featuring: Riniki Sanyal, Shohini Bose, Sushovan Sircar, Asmita Nandy, and Shorbori Purkayastha.
Editor: Riniki Sanyal & Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time4 months ago
22 Sep, 1:18 am
In episode 3 of The T20 Podcast, Ayaz Memon talks about Hyderabad's defeat to Bangalore in both teams' opening match of the tournament. Warner won the toss and elected to bowl first and Bangalore posted 163/5 with half centuries from Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers. In reply, Jonny Bairstow was the top-scorer of the Hyderabad innings but once he fell on 61, the rest of the batting order capitulated and conceded the victory to Bangalore.

Hosts: Mendra Dorjey & Ayaz Memon
Producer: Ataliq Khan
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access_time4 months ago
The second match of the season was won by Delhi following a super over thriller in Dubai. Two wickets in the final over of the match and Punjab were forced into a Super Over and With KL Rahul, Nicolas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell scoring just 2 runs, Delhi won the match with ease.

Hosts: Mendra Dorjey & Ayaz Memon
Producer: Ataliq Khan
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access_time4 months ago
1: The T20 Podcast With Ayaz Memon: CSK Pull Off Big Win vs Mumbai by The Quint
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access_time4 months ago
Who are you when no one’s watching ? Is it our actions that define us or the urges that we hide from snooping noses and judgemental glares? Also, what is it that we choose to do when no one is watching? Is that our little window to live our fantasy or do we hustle to keep up the pretence even then? That’s what Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare prompts us to think about.

Tune in to the podcast for the full review!
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access_time4 months ago
In a century-old debate of Hindi-Urdu, the oft-asked question is, 'why do we need languages to perpetuate religious identities?'

In this special episode on Hindi Diwas, we are trying to understand the famous divide between both the 'Hindustani' languages. We also try to understand if to be able to learn any language, one needs to belong to a particular religious or political identity.

Or, even the most obvious question - who gave us 'Hindi'?

Joining us on this special podcast is Jamia Millia Islamia's Prof. Abdul Bismillah, who is a novelist.

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Host, Writer, and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
Guest: Prof. Abdul Bismillah, Novelist
Editor: Santosh Kumar
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time5 months ago
Neena and Masaba Gupta are two dynamic women we love to love. Neena, a single mom who lives life on her terms, candidly talks about her choices and what she would or wouldn’t like to do differently, makes a stunning comeback to films and lights up the frame each time . Her daughter, Masaba, owns a successful fashion label of her own, is independent, talented with her head firmly on her shoulders. It’s easy to fall in love with them, and so one understands why Netflix thought it worthy to bring these two women together.

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time5 months ago
Dance like no one’s watching, they say. And that is what Maryam wants to do too. Her feet sway automatically to the rhythm of the beats coming from the neighbourhood Bharatanatyam school. Dancing also makes her feel closer to her mom, who instilled in her a love for the art in the first place. But the watchful eyes of the custodians of religion and culture never let go of an opportunity to trip her.

Tune in to the podcast for the full review.

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time5 months ago
India enters its 74th year of Independence amid a raging pandemic and economic distress that looks indefinite. While the country is slowly ‘unlocking down’ and restrictions are being eased, our anxieties about our health and future refuse to fade.

What is it that must comfort a citizen of an independent ‘atmanirbhar’ country in these tough times - assuring policies? Promising employment? Freedom of expression and dignity of life. Or a healthy democratic system that anchors all of these values listed above?

On this 15th of August, we spoke to a historian, journalists, a labour worker, a public health expert, a student, and a data collector. They tell us that even after 73 years of independence, it is a long way to freedom.

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Host, Writer and Sound Designer: Fabeha Syed
Editor: Santosh Kumar
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time5 months ago
When it comes to music, lyrics play as integral a role as the melody but alas, historically speaking, lyricists have not received the kind of recognition they deserve. To shed light on this, poet and lyricist Varun Grover took to social media to share a beautiful video with the loudest and the clearest message - CREDIT DE DO YAAR.

Sung by Swanand Kirkire and penned by Kausar Munir, Varun Grover, Swanand Kirkire, 'Credit De Do Yaar' draws attention to the plight of lyrics writers in the industry.

Catch lyricists #VarunGrover (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23VarunGrover) , #NeeleshMisra (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23NeeleshMisra) , Swanand Kirkire, Anvita Dutt, and Priya Saraiya in conversation with The Quint's Deeksha Sharma about #CreditDeDoYaar (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23CreditDeDoYaar) - a song where they request music labels, companies and streaming apps to include the names of lyricists in credits. 

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access_time5 months ago
Little Gunjan or Gunju (Riva Arora), as she is lovingly called by her family, is enamoured by planes and flying. When she triumphantly announces to her brother that she wants to be a pilot he mocks her and says she should instead become an air hostess, because “ladkiyan pilot thodi na bante hain (How can girls become pilots?)”. The protective father walks in and explains that irrespective of whether the aircraft is flown by a man or a woman, they are both referred to as a pilot. And so it’s settled, at least in a dinner-table conversation. Gunjan can be whoever she wants to be. But the real world comes with its own set of challenges. 

Here is The Quint's Review of the movie.
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access_time6 months ago
“Am I correct ?” asks a triumphant Shakuntala Devi every time she solves humongous maths equations in insanely inhuman pace and jumps at the applause with childlike zest. The cheering follows on cue. Accompanied with some rousing background score and in the brightest of sarees, Vidya Balan plays her with full-blooded commitment and a full-throttle signature laugh ! Vidya is luminous as Shakuntala Devi and it’s simply hard to look away from her.

Tune in for the full podcast!

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time6 months ago
The opening sequence of Raat Akeli Hai plays out entirely in the dark with nearly no dialogues. A truck chasing a car, a subsequent crash, a murder, an aerial shot of two bodies being taken to an undisclosed location and a bone-chilling cry. We are just about settling in trying to make sense of the silhouettes and what they mean. And this sets the tone. Economical with its dialogues and a sophisticated thriller, Raat Akeli Hai creates an enchanting world where Honey Trehan’s grip on the narrative rarely slips.

Tune in for the full review!

VO: Rj Stutee
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access_time6 months ago
Tune in to listen to Munshi Premchand's last short story, 'Kafan'.
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access_time6 months ago
Sushant Singh Rajput's last film, Dil Bechara, is a tough one to watch. The directorial debut of Mukesh Chhabra, it also stars Sanjana Sanghi in a lead role. While watching the film, there's a constant thought that lingers on- Sushant Singh Rajput is no more.

Be it his smile, the twinkle in his eyes or even his easy charm - Sushant is in his best form in the film. It just breaks our hearts to even acknowledge the fact that this bright, energetic and successful star is gone.

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time6 months ago
Amit Sadh reprises his role of senior Inspector Kabir Sawant in Breathe: Into The Shadows, which also marks the digital debut of Abhishek Bachchan and Nithya Menen. While the latter lends novelty to the sequel of the 2018 series Breathe, it's only Amit Sadh (https://www.thequint.com/search?q=Amit%20Sadh) and his unwavering conviction while playing a cop trying to search for a new beginning even as he makes amends for his past mistakes that makes Breathe 2 (https://www.thequint.com/search?q=breathe%20s2) worthwhile.

Directed by Mayank Sharma, who has written the screenplay along with Bhavani Iyer and Vikram Tuli, this universe is similar to the morally dodgy world of its prequel.

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time7 months ago
Clean Slate Films, founded by Anushka Sharma and her brother Karnesh, has a knack of backing projects with a distinct feminist tone - from NH 10 to Paatal Lok and even the latest Netflix original Bulbbul. Also, Anushka Sharma’s penchant for the supernatural is equally evident. From the friendly ghost in Phillauri, the scary supernatural presence in Pari to the feminine power as the mainstay in this period film, there definitely is a range to the characters.

What one must expressly state is that Bulbbul isn’t a horror film with its staple jump scare moments and pulling the rug from under our collective feet at an opportune time. If that’s what you are expecting be prepared to be disappointed. Tune in to the full review!
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access_time7 months ago
Sushant Singh Rajput has left much more than just a film legacy behind. He has left memories behind. Memories of a dreamer, a wide-eyed boy from a humble family in the search of the meaning of success and happiness.

It wasn’t an easy journey for a shy young man from a middle class family preparing to be an engineer to make a gamble and drop out of college to pursue acting in Bollywood. He was told ‘money plus recognition equals happiness and success’. But in a speech delivered in 2016 at the Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management in IIT Bombay, he told students that after a long time in his life he understood the true meaning of success.

To say that his demise is shocking, would be an understatement. But even with him gone, he has left his philosophy to inspire the rest. And this is his story.
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access_time7 months ago
The biggest pull of Aarya, streaming on Disney+Hotstar, will have to be Sushmita Sen. Forever etched in our memories as Miss Universe in her crowning glory, Sushmita plays the eponymous character around whom the story unfolds. Based on the Dutch series Penoza, it has been created for the Indian audience by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi.

Madhvani, who has also directed the series along with Sandeep Modi and Vinod Rawat, has a knack of scooping out performances and playing to his actors’ strengths.

Sonam Kapoor in Neerja is proof . Here, too, the strong and confidant woman sits pretty on Sushmita’s well-toned shoulders. The first time we see her, the actor is immersed in aerial yoga . In fact, in the first episode, Sushmita (https://www.thequint.com/search?q=Sushmita+Sen) seems to have come out of her own Instagram account. Her yoga videos, the perfectly turned-out glam avatar, those arched eyebrows as she enunciates each word - its like watching Sushmita play herself as she seamlessly merges with Aarya. It is a Sushmita show and she doesn’t disappoint.

Tune in for the full review!

VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time7 months ago
A renowned public health expert and orthopaedic surgeon at St Stephens Hospital in Delhi, Dr Mathew Varghese has been consulted by governments and institutions across the world. In 2018, Bill Gates had described Dr Varghese as one of the five real life heroes of the world.

In an exclusive interview to The Quint, Dr Varghese speaks about where we are headed with the coronavirus pandemic, how it will only spread further, and when the disease is likely to peak. Dr Varghese also talks about how the lockdown has not been beneficial.
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access_time7 months ago
'Bigger Quake After Mini Jolts?', 'The Big One is Coming' or 'Major Earthquake May Rock Delhi-NCR Soon'

No, these are not a satirical news headlines. They are real headlines, reflecting the question looming large in the minds of people living in Delhi-NCR; a big question a lot of the media is fanning – are we about to be hit by a really big and bad earthquake?

The simple answer to that is – no, we’re not.

And here is why – no one, not scientists, not politicians, not your favourite TV news anchor, not your neighbour, not your dad, not your pet cat.. No one can predict earthquakes.

Scientifically speaking, no one can certify that a big earthquake will happen tomorrow, nor can they certify that it will not. Unfortunately, we’re surrounded by headlines that mislead or only half inform us and we fall prey to that. So, let’s decode some headlines.

VO: Rohit Khanna
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access_time7 months ago
We hear Amitabh Bachchan even before we see him in Shoojit Sircar’s latest directorial Gulabo Sitabo (https://www.thequint.com/search?q=Gulabo+Sitabo) (streaming on Amazon Prime Video). Huffing, panting , a slight groan before he stretches his slouching body to take a bulb out of its socket. What he does with it we get to know in the next scene and why he did it is clear subsequently.
Big B, who has a prominent nose and beard, initially grabs our attention but then makes us forget about his towering star quality as he melts into the role of a rapacious old man who someone refers to as “laalchi” in the first few minutes of the film.
Avik Mukhopadhyay’s camera moves slowly, taking in the sights and sounds of Lucknow and Juhi Chaturvedi’s (https://www.thequint.com/search?q=Juhi+Chaturvedi) writing marinated in local flavours keeps getting better.
Be it Piku, October or Vicky Donor Shoojit Sircar films the everydayness of life with avid pleasure.
In this one too he tries but is unable to hold our attention for as long as he would like. But that doesn’t take away from the dark solid core of the film and the statement it makes on insatiable greed and the ephemeral quality of youth. Gulabo Sitabo has its moments, the characters and their eccentricities stay with us but how much undivided attention can it command when the going gets slightly tedious? Tune in for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time7 months ago
Anurag Kashyap’s latest collaboration with Netflix, Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai opens with a dark silhouette surreptitiously walking into a room carrying a briefcase full of notes…these are the Rs500 notes of yore. The image is striking enough and the said notes stand to reason since its still October of 2016 . Even before we can fully register the implications of the scene or who that man was we are pulled into the bustle of everyday life of a typical middle class family who we get to know better over the course of the next 2 hours.
VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time8 months ago
In one unintentionally funny scene during an intense gun battle with zombies, one of the military squad commandant says, “Angrezon ne hamari naukri churai, sona churaya, zameen churai aur ab ye hamare bhoot bhi churaayenge!”. I absolutely cracked up given that these creatures from the dead are supposed to be part of a military regiment of the East India Company, who have retained their Chief Lieutenant Colonel John Lynedoch and archaic bullets for what feels more like zombies for dummies.
It’s literally this- the angrez have left but a cursed tunnel and their zombie selves remain stuck here. When corporate greed shows its ugly face we have a situation where the tribals of Campa forest are relegated to the margins with brute force and their land snatched away from them. Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time8 months ago
The latest to drop on Zee5 is Ghoomketu. Written and directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra (who directed the lovely Taj Mahal 1989) it has Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead along with an extensive ensemble cast and a bevy of cameos by stars.
Ghoomketu was shot back in 2014 but due to financial troubles the release date kept getting postponed. Initially slated for a release in 2018, it was only after the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 that the film has finally managed to hustle up an online outing. Tune in to the podcast for more!
VO:RJ Stutee
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access_time9 months ago
Truth be told, I really tried to come up with some funny, attention-grabbing opening paragraph for this review. But I have failed miserably. As it is, this lockdown is hard and then to watch Mrs Serial Killer can really bring on the blues. So straight to the point. I won't be so mean and tell you who the killer is (though no big surprise in store) but I can tell you Mrs Serial Killer is really a great mood killer and logic killer and sadly not a time killer either!
Tune in for the full podcast!
VO: RJ Stutee
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access_time9 months ago
For some reason, Irrfan Khan’s going away seems deeply personal. Some of us were lucky to have met him in person but for most of us, it was his magic on the big screen that made us feel like we had forged a special relationship with him. One of the last films I saw in a theatre and reviewed before this lockdown was Angrezi Medium. At that time I had no idea that it would indeed be his last. This sentence always tears me up and it is so difficult to imagine cinema and films without one of its brightest stars.
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VO: Rj Stutee
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access_time9 months ago
Hotstar’s latest show starts with the voiceover of one of its leads introducing us to the other. As ACP Saumya Shukla aka Lara Dutta’s voice slowly takes us through Nethra Patil aka Rinku Rajguru’s life and motions we do get a hint of how the two women will invariably be conjoined in their efforts to question the status quo. The word “Hundred” in the title refers to the number of days Nethra’s doctor tells her she has to live before the malignant tumour will put an untimely stop to her existence.
Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time9 months ago
We meet a bloodied Chris Hemsworth surrounded by absolute mayhem as he crawls to safety dragging his injured leg. Hemsworth coughs blood and as he stares into space we wonder what could possibly have happened that lead to so much pain? Almost on cue we are quickly prompted to what transpired 2 days earlier to give some context before director Sam Hargrave can bedazzle us with his stunt genius. Don’t forget, Sam has been the stunt coordinator for films like Captain America: Civil War and Avengers :Endgame, so the adrenaline rush is an absolutely legitimate expectation.
Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time9 months ago
DISCLAIMER: This podcast has been recorded on Skype due to the ongoing lockdown. We apologise for the bad audio quality.
Even though the coronavirus pandemic is the big crisis of the moment, for the underprivileged it is hunger and starvation that is the bigger crisis. 
Did it take a pandemic and a lockdown for the country’s privileged to understand who does the bulk of our work?
The migrant labourers who help in running are households are stuck in cities without jobs and money. The farmers who bring food to our plate are at the receiving end of an agrarian crisis triggered by the lockdown.
Tune in to this podcast where we speak with Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director of Goonj and NGO which is currently helping the migrant workers on ground. Gupta talks about why they felt the necessity to take the drastic measure or walking back home, what the government needs to do for them and what citizens like you and me can do for them.
The Quint has partnered with Goonj in their Rahat COVID-19 initiative to support the migrant workers.
We urge you to click here and donate. (https://goonj.org/donate/?utm_medium=null&utm_source=null&utm_campaign=null) All monetary donations are critical for essential purchase and logistics to support the affected communities.
Producer: Shorbori Purkayastha
Guest: Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time9 months ago
Siddhi, Damini, Umang and Anjana –the fabulously flawed women are back! A little more than a year later after we first met them, the warm familiarity and the infectious joie de vivre help us form an instant connect again -all positive signs while welcoming a new season. Season 2 of Four More Shots Please! starts four months after what ensued in the lives of our 4 women protagonists.
Umang’s dramatic coming out to her family, Sidhhi’s internet secret that put her relationship with her parents in jeopardy, Damini still reeling under how her website can be taken away from her and Anjana trying to make peace with her ex-husband and his wife. A quick recap later the first episode begins with Siddhi (Maanvi Gagroo) making a distress call to Umang (Bani J) from Istanbul. The girls apparently have had a fallout but a reunion is engineered quickly and enter headlong into their lives.
Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time9 months ago
Actor and Producer Dia Mirza has had a longstanding relationship with the environment. UN's Goodwill Ambassador Dia in a conversation with The Quint said that we must listen to what nature is telling us and learn from it.
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access_time10 months ago
We are calling it Stage 3. Officially, we may not call it. It is the beginning of the 3rd stage", said Dr. Girdhar Gyani, convenor, COVID-19 Hospital Task Force
This was the claim made by Dr Girdhar Gyani, the convenor of the Task Force for COVID-19 Hospitals, in an interview to the to The Quint. Gyani attended a meeting of prominent doctors and healthcare providers chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 24 March.
Community transmission is the most critical stage during an outbreak. At this stage, an epidemic can spread fast in the community and it gets difficult to trace the original source. Gyani, who said that the coming five to ten days would be essential to control the epidemic because all those who are asymptomatic now, might start showing symptoms.
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access_time10 months ago
We are calling it Stage 3. Officially, we may not call it. It is the beginning of the 3rd stage", said Dr. Girdhar Gyani, convenor, COVID-19 Hospital Task Force
This was the claim made by Dr Girdhar Gyani, the convenor of the Task Force for COVID-19 Hospitals, in an interview to the to The Quint. Gyani attended a meeting of prominent doctors and healthcare providers chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 24 March.
Community transmission is the most critical stage during an outbreak. At this stage, an epidemic can spread fast in the community and it gets difficult to trace the original source. Gyani said that the coming five to ten days would be essential to control the epidemic because all those who are asymptomatic now, might start showing symptoms.
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access_time10 months ago
The human spirit is indefatigable! We have stood upto some arduous times and learn to come out of it stronger.
It is true that sometimes we fall victims to our own vanity. We have drawn boundaries all around us – borders on maps, borders of caste, creed, race, religion, gender, wealth – to separate us from the rest.
And as if it’s to mock at our conceit, a microscopic virus, invisible to our naked eyes has gotten the better of us. It’s made us realise yet again that we’re all the same. It’s transgressed all our borders, binaries, and differences. Whether we are a wealthy billionaire in US, or a Chinese engineer, or a farmer from the Middle East — this virus had ridiculed all these walls we’ve built between us. We are the same for the virus. We are just all humans.
But people say that the biggest learnings come from the worst tragedies. The COVID-19 coronavirus is right now our biggest enemy but the indefatigable human spirit is much bigger than this virus. But it’s necessary that we fight this crisis together. There’s no battle that can’t be won when we’re together but we’ll have to put aside our differences for this one.
We need to face this crisis with compassion instead of competition. This civilisation has seen pandemics and calamities before, and we have come out of those dark moments together. Our little acts of care and kindness can make a big difference. Little acts like thinking about others when buying groceries and medicines. Instead of hoarding, let’s buy enough for ourselves and let others have the rest.
As we stay indoors and maintain social distances, let us distance ourselves from prejudices. When we wash our hands off germs, let us wash ourselves off these man-made boundaries and divisions.
VO and Scripting: Athar Rather
Editor: Shelly Walia
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time10 months ago
The Quint spoke to Dr Girdhar Gyani, Director General at Association of Healthcare Providers and convenor of the task force to fight the novel coronavirus, on the preparedness of private hospitals to deal with Covid-19 patients.
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access_time10 months ago
Desperate times call for desperate measures. While the coronavirus is forcing everyone to stay at home, what is the best way to put those idle hours when not working from home to good use? A new series, She, created by Imtiaz Ali, has dropped on Netflix. Ali hasn’t been in the best form lately, and after his last offering Love Aaj Kal 2, the apprehension about his work is only increasing.
However, there is a curiosity too because She looks like something we haven’t seen Imtiaz Ali associate himself with. The story, which he has co-written with Divya Johry, is about a nondescript police officer who goes undercover to nab a dangerous drug dealer.
This seven-part series (each episode running for around 35 minutes) has been directed by Arif Ali and Avinash Das. The striking quality about every episode is how, bit by bit, it kills our interest and expectations. Tune in to the podcast for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time10 months ago
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” - That's what JFK said at his inaugural speech as America's President in 1961.
"Stand at your doors, windows and balconies and beat your plates, and ring your bells to thank those providing essential services during this crisis," and that's what PM Modi said on 19 March 2020, while addressing the nation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The focus of his speech? Three key points - A ‘janta curfew’ on 22 March, the constitution of an Economic Task Force to tackle the fallout of the coronavirus and the measures Indians need to take to stop the spread of COVID-19.
At a time like this, when the country is doing what it can to battle this unprecedented crisis, will the PM’s address to the nation serve to boost morale? Or was it missing some important points?
Here we find out.
Host and Producer: Vishnu Gopinath
Editor: Shelly Walia
Additional Listening:
COVID-19 & Social Distancing: How to Prepare Smart and Not Panic (https://www.thequint.com/podcast/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing-isolation-could-affect-your-mental-health)
COVID-19: How to Protect Your Mental Health During Work From Home (https://fit.thequint.com/fit/coronavirus-working-from-home-mental-health-how-to-covid-19-social-distancing-stocking-preparation)
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access_time10 months ago
Neeraj Pandey has a natural flair when it comes to making films revolving around India’s internal security or tackling threats from neighbouring countries. Having directed films like A Wednesday, Baby, Naam Shabana (he wrote the screenplay), it’s a turf that feels like home to him.
Having enlisted Shivam Nair as the director, Pandey’s latest offering is an eight-episode strong slow-burning espionage thriller Special Ops, that has released on Hotstar. With cinema halls shut across the country and all major film releases postponed owing to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a good time to stay at home and watch what’s available on OTT platforms.
So how worthwhile is it to spend time with Special Ops? That’s exactly what this review will proceed to explain. Tune in!
VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time10 months ago
A spin-off to the much-loved Hindi Medium, Angrezi Medium makes us realise right at the outset how much we missed seeing Irrfan Khan on screen. It's where he shines his brightest.
Taarika (Radhika Madan) is an average student, who shares an endearing bond with her dad and has big dreams of travelling the world.
Champak soon realises that no matter how much he tries and keeps her aspirations in check because of his own fears, she is likely to leave him, his unconditional love for the daughter eventually makes him relent.
The only problem - he unintentionally commits an act that jeopardises her scholarship to a university in London.
So, if Taarika wants to study in the UK in the college of her choice, it would be a financial burden borne solely by the family.
Host: Stutee Ghosh
Producer: Zijah Sherwani
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access_time11 months ago
A largely unfunny, plot-heavy film, Baaghi 3 is a fusion of mainstream elements of Hindi cinema. There's family drama, there’s action, and there's terrorism.
Starring our new age ‘king of action’ Tiger Shroff, Riteish Deshmukh, and Shraddha Kapoor, this Ahmed Khan directorial is an adaptation of the 2012 Tamil film Vettai.
It also stars Vijay Varma as a Pakistani pickpocket Akhtar Lahori and Jackie Shroff in a brief cameo as Tiger Shroff and Riteish Deshmukh's martyred police officer father.
Now, if you've seen the trailer, you probably already know the plot.
Want more? Listen to the podcast for the full review!
Host: Pankhuri Shukla
Editor: Ashish Maccune
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access_time11 months ago
Amrita’s (Taapsee Pannu) life has a routine. A very specific tightly knit routine. She wakes up, opens her front door to collect milk, picks up the newspaper, makes chai, shuts off the husband’s alarm, serves him chai as he lazily rubs his eyes, checks on the mother in law, has a quiet moment sipping from her cup of morning tea, clicks a picture from her phone as the day breaks, smiles at her neighbour, packs the husband’s lunch, runs after him as he scurries to his car, carrying his wallet, bag, tiffin and then catches her breath!
Tune in to this podcast for the full review!
VO: RJ Stutee
Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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access_time11 months ago
Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj talks to The Quint about his support to the anti CAA-NRC protests going on across the country. He raises some pertinent questions about patriotism and people’s inability to agree to disagree. During the conversation Bhardwaj also takes a dig at Akshay Kumar’s Canadian nationality.
Host: Nishtha Gautam
Editor: Deepthi Ramdass
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access_time11 months 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
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access_time11 months 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
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access_time11 months 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.
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access_time11 months 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
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