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Giridhar Jha

Manish Mundra: Moviemaker Or Messiah?

Dec 19, 2021 Giridhar Jha

Manish Mundra, in March 2020, was going great guns after collaborating with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment for the release of Kaamyaab. But this was shortly before the nationwide lockdown.

Raveena Tandon: Today's ‘Great' Actresses Are Wary Of Coming Out Of Their Comfort Zones

Dec 10, 2021 Giridhar Jha

30 years after her big-screen debut in 'Patthar Ke Phool', the Mast-mast girl is reinventing herself to explore the OTT universe with 'Aranyak' on Netflix


How And Why An IIM-Ahmedabad Graduate Became ‘MBA Sabziwallah’ In Bihar

Kaushlendra's idea of setting up a farmers’ cooperative for creating a supply chain was triggered by the fact that despite having ideal climate and soil, the local farmers were switching over to other crops for lack of access to market.

Khan Kingdom Under Siege, Aamir, Salman And Shah Rukh Must Reinvent To Hold The Fort

Nov 14, 2021 Giridhar Jha

After 30 years, the kingdom of Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh Khan under siege in Bollywood.


Bypoll Results A Big Shot In Nitish Kumar’s Arm; Lalu And Congress Cut A Sorry Figure In Bihar

In Kusheshwar Ashtan, JD-U candidate Aman Kumar Hazari defeated his nearest RJD rival Ganesh Bharti by a margin of 12,685 votes while Arun Kumar of RJD lost to Rajeev Kumar Singh of the ruling party by 1,722 votes in Tarapur.

02 November, 2021

Bihar Bypolls: JD-U, RJD Set To Share Honours As Congress Cuts A Sorry Figure Again

Giridhar Jha

JD-U candidate Aman Kumar Hazari has won the Kusheshwar Asthan seat in the by-election by a margin of 12,698 votes over his nearest rival Ganesh Bharti of RJD in Darbhanga district of Bihar.


11 October, 2021

Big B Owes It To Many A Helping Hand, And Jaya Bachchan Is Just One Of Them!

Giridhar Jha

A low-down on the men and women who played a key role in making Amitabh Bachchan the Phenomenon that he ultimately became.


09 September, 2021

Will Chirag-Tejashwi Succeed Where Ram Vilas Paswan-Lalu Yadav Failed In Bihar?

Giridhar Jha

Lalu and Paswan had forged an alliance against the NDA led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ahead of the 2010 assembly elections but their alliance could not get more than 25 seats in the 243-member assembly at the time.


09 September, 2021

Will Chirag-Tejashwi Succeed Where Ram Vilas Paswan-Lalu Yadav Failed In Bihar?

Giridhar Jha

Lok Janskahti Party’s embattled leader Chirag and RJD scion Tejashwi have declined to attach political significance to their previous meeting but it is being seen as a step closer to a possible alliance.


04 September, 2021

Bihar Boy Set To Make Bollywood debut via Poland with 'No Means No'

Giridhar Jha

The movie also stars Indian actors such as veteran Gulshan Grover, Sharad Kapoor, Deep Raj Rana and Kat Kristian


03 September, 2021

JD-U MLA Seen Walking In Underwear On Train Has Eyed Berth In Nitish Kumar Ministry For Long

Giridhar Jha

The Gopalpur MLA Narendra Kumar Neeraj has since offered an explanation by saying he was wearing only the undergarments because he had an upset stomach during the journey. “I had to rush to the toilet,” he said later.


02 September, 2021

Forget 'Jungle Raj', BJP Likens Lalu-Rabri Reign In Bihar To Afghanistan Now

Giridhar Jha

Veteran BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has likened the decade-and-a-half period between 1990 and 2005, when Lalu and his wife Rabri Devi took turns to govern the state, to the current situation in Afghanistan.


23 August, 2021

Modi-Nitish Kumar Meeting: Will The BJP Give Nod To Caste Census in Bihar?

Giridhar Jha

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar led a delegation of ten parties to impress upon the Prime Minister the need for a caste census to ameliorate the condition of the underdeveloped and marginalised sections of society.


19 August, 2021

Why Bollywood Desperately Wants Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ Gamble To Pay Off

Giridhar Jha

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ has understandably caused jubilation in the film industry, which is yet to recover from the sledgehammer of the Coronavirus pandemic.


26 July, 2021

Bitter ‘Haqeeqat’, Bollywood Is No ‘Shershaah’ Of War Movies With Masala And Melodrama

Giridhar Jha

Movies like Border and Uri: The Surgical Strike turned out to blockbusters, largely because of the themes of chest-thumping jingoism. But Haqeeqat has been widely acknowledged to be far more realistic than any of the war movies made in the Eastmancolor era.


24 July, 2021

Dharmendra In A Karan Johar Movie, Is Bollywood Finally Looking Beyond Amitabh Bachchan?

Giridhar Jha

Hopefully, Karan Johar’s film 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani' will start a trend and bring back on the centrestage all the mature actors like Dharmendra, who still have so much to give to the industry and their fans.


19 July, 2021

Bollywood’s Young Brigade Needs To Grin And Bear With Film Critics

Giridhar Jha

It is the audience that remains the ultimate arbiter of a film’s destiny. They can make 'Kaagaz Ke Phool' a flop and 'Ranga Khush' a hit.


18 July, 2021

How Fans Who Wrote Love Letters In Blood Dumped Rajesh Khanna For Amitabh Bachchan

Giridhar Jha

Stardom can be ephemeral but rarely does one come across as heart-breaking an example as that of Rajesh Khanna.


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

Dec 28, 2021 Tanvir Aeijaz