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1. Review: ‘Karwaan’ Has All the Right Ingredients, But Is Still Bland
Karwaan has a lot of good things going for it. For starters, there is Irrfan Khan – the inimitable style with which he breathes life into a scene by simply being present in the frame. Then there is Dulquer Salmaan who makes his Bollywood debut; he sets our hearts aflutter every time he comes on screen.
Mithila Palkar is beautiful, a burst of energy and always a delight to watch. Then there is the breathtaking cinematography by Avinash Arun that paints the movie with lush green and radiant blue hues.
Despite all these elements, so essential for a great cinematic experience being present, Karwaan is devoid of soul. They simply never come together as a whole.
(Read all the reviews here.)
2. It’s Difficult to Work With Your Own Blood: Anil Kapoor on Sonam
Anil Kapoor will soon be seen in Atul Manjrekar’s Fanney Khan, which revolves around a man who gives up on his musical dreams, but wants to see his daughter’s dreams come true. Kapoor, while talking to The Quint, said that the film deals with a lot of issues that are close to his heart and a lot of people would relate to the characters’ struggles, aspirations, dreams, and even issues like body-shaming.
Kapoor even talked about how daughter Sonam Kapoor has dealt with body-shaming and how he overheard his daughter telling her mom about the criticism she faces on a daily basis. He also talked about Arjun Kapoor’s struggle with weight issues.
3. Choksi Given Citizenship After GoI Said ‘No Adverse Info’: Antigua
In a statement, Antigua has clarified that Mehul Choksi was granted the citizenship after all the necessary documents were received including a police clearance certificate stating that there “was no adverse information” against him.
“The police certificate from the Government of India, Ministry of External Affairs Regional Passport Office, Mumbai, certified that there was no adverse information against Mr. Mehul Chinubbhai Choksi which would render him ineligible for grant of travel facilities including visa for Antigua and Barbuda,” the statement read.
However, SEBI has retaliated saying that they neither received any request nor did they provide any information to the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) of Antigua.
4. Bihar’s Shelter Shame: Why the Buck Stops With the Nitish Govt
The Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar is currently reeling under allegations of sexual abuse at a state-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur. It was due to the concerted effort by a team comprising TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) scholars that blew the lid off crimes against inmates, revealing a pattern of abuse and neglect at shelters for the destitute.
5. Watch: 5 Lessons to Remember from RS Sharma’s #AadhaarChallenge
Till Saturday, 28 July, TRAI Chairman RS Sharma was known for net neutrality. After Saturday, he is known as the propagator of a trending hashtag #AadharChallenge. In the challenge, Sharma dared people to show him where the harm is.
Well here it is – SHARMA.
Mr Sharma, however, has inadvertently taught us some very valuable lessons by flinging the 12 digits of his Aadhaar number among the public and basically saying, "Jo ukhadna hain ukhaad lena".
6. Day 3 India vs England:
India had England on the ropes when Ishant Sharma dismissed Jos Buttler right after Lunch to reduce England to 87/7. However Sam Curran's half-century has helped England crawl back into the game with a lead close to 200 runs.
(Catch all the live updates here.)