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Why Bigg Boss Tamil hasn’t taken off

Why Bigg Boss Tamil hasn’t taken off

Gone are the hashtags and the hype, the Armies and the bombardment of Instagram advertisements. From the middle of 2017, when Bigg Boss Tamil first hit television screens—bringing Kamal Haasan home twice a week, and a heady dose of love, betrayal, lamentation, bullying, back-biting, confrontation, t...

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Can we afford to disappear, without already being famous?

Can we afford to disappear, without already being famous?

It was touted as most likely television drama to win the big awards. After what was widely seen as a snub at the Golden Globes, the TV series I May Destroy You was nominated in nine categories at the Emmy Awards 2021, and its writer, co-director, executive producer and star Michaela Coel walked away...

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Dale Steyn: The life-cycle of a star

Dale Steyn: The life-cycle of a star

On August 31, 2021, one of the greatest fast bowlers to have graced the cricket field announced with a tweet and a song that he was done. No more sore toes and broken bones for him, Dale Steyn would tell the journalists who flooded him with emails and phone calls, he was calling time on “20 years of...

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The lessons we must learn from the Olympics

The lessons we must learn from the Olympics

As a country, we are fond of rags-to-riches stories.We love hearing of the success of “raw talent”. There is nothing more romantic, for instance, than a woman who went from carrying bundles of wood as a child to lifting her way to a silver medal at the Olympics. We will interview her coaches, speak ...

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Cinema can get real, but must acting be lived?

Cinema can get real, but must acting be lived?

Long before Radhika Apte became Netflix’s unofficial mascot, her videos were prone to going viral, and she would make appearances on prime-time television, discussing the “controversy” over her “bold scenes”. She has won some admiration for her readiness to take on what we euphemistically call “diff...

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Elite sport: Where the mind does not matter

Elite sport: Where the mind does not matter

For decades, we have got used to elite athletes retiring in their early thirties, sometimes even in their late twenties. When those who ruled the roost after bursting on to the stage begin to lose some of their sharpness, when bones that ought not to have started creaking yet begin to do so, we ask ...

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When violence is rewarded

When violence is rewarded

The Cannes festival traditionally bestows the Palme d'Or on films that are off the beaten path - the kind that would not see large releases if not for the prestigious award. The work of Terrence Mullick and Abbas Kiarastami won global attention after acclaim at Cannes. Recently, though, the festival...

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Cinematograph Act: Can we push our boundaries?

Cinematograph Act: Can we push our boundaries?

There is no shortage of laws in India to put away intellectuals, thinkers, and artists of any stripe. If they cannot be booked under the wide-ranging Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, National Security Act or Public Safety Act, they can be accused of sedition or of promoting communal or caste hatr...

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There will be more Vismaya Nairs

There will be more Vismaya Nairs

It has been just over a week since Vismaya Nair was found dead at her marital home, where she lived with her husband Kiran Kumar and her in-laws. On the morning of 21 June, Monday, she was brought dead to hospital in what is suspected to be a case of “dowry death”. While the autopsy report initially...

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Clubhouse: The latest toxic pastime?

Clubhouse: The latest toxic pastime?

The latest social networking site to catch the fancy of aficionados—and some ascetics—is the barely-year-old Clubhouse. Over the last month, a flurry of invitations has been going out following the app’s Android release, and on June 16, the company announced a “Clubhouse Creator First” programme in ...

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