Stories published in April, 2019

In trying to humanise the police, Delhi Crime loses focus of Jyoti Singh’s harrowing story

If Rotten Tomatoes’ ratings and the opinion of my favourite funny woman, Twinkle Khanna, are anything to go by, I might be the only person on this planet who didn’t love India’s latest Netflix offering, Delhi Crime. I went into it really wanting to love the show because it’s based on actual police files from the Jyoti Singh case investigation, a case I followed closely since December 16, 2012; the day the world found out about the absolutely abhorrent way Singh, a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, was brutally gang-raped by six men on a bus. Photo: Screenshot Since Singh’s story ...

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Knock knock! Annabelle is coming home and things are about to get real scary

Following the Marvel path, The Conjuring universe has grown steadily over the last six years through both, the increasing returns that most films in the franchise have delivered and in stature through the critical acclaim that the first two Conjuring movies received. Now five movies in, the franchise is showing no signs of slowing down with a third Conjuring film already set for 2020. But before that, we’re getting another Annabelle movie. And this one promises to be much different than its predecessors. Photo: IMDb Annabelle Comes Home, which will serve as the sixth film in the ...

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In a party of U-turns and double standards, one man rises to the occasion

Known for beating the democratic and ‘ethical’ drum, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has consistently maimed and shamed opponents for destroying the democratic culture within political parties, meant to harness debate and difference of opinion. However, in recent times, under the political authority of PTI, circumstances have changed and the bold narratives of transparency, openness and honesty have long subsided. It comes as no news that the power centres in PTI have been preoccupied due to a harrowing tug of war; a cut throat competition meant to shamelessly obliterate the rival group. In this scenario, senior member of the PTI and Pakistan’s ...

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Why is the US making a mountain out of the Masood Azhar molehill?

The United States has introduced a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution to blacklist Masood Azhar as an international terrorist. Azhar is the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (banned in Pakistan since 2002) and has been blamed by India for masterminding February’s Pulwama incident, even though no evidence has been produced which links Azhar to the incident. China has refused to list Azhar as an international terrorist after careful consideration of the definition of international terrorism according to international law. China has made this position absolutely clear and as such, it would appear that the US is looking to transform the UNSC ...

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With Zidane back on the sidelines, will Real Madrid make the most of the summer transfer window?

For much of the 2018-19 season, Real Madrid’s campaign has been driven by pessimism and trepidation. From mediocre performances on the field to a lack of purpose off it, the Los Blancos found themselves entrenched in a diatribe with a swathe of negative opinions from fans and critics alike.  But the return of the clubs’s favourite son Zinedine Zidane after his dignified exit nine months ago has cut through all the noise, at least for the time being. Zizou’s work is cut out for him as the rebuilding job at a club like Real Madrid, with extremely high expectations, won’t be ...

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Boring and predictable, neither kids nor adults will find any wonder in ‘Wonder Park’

Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies have jointly ventured to create the 3D animated film Wonder Park. It is a spirited animated fable about a fantasy amusement park where the imagination of a spunky girl comes alive and she embarks upon the journey of a lifetime.  Written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, the film has Jennifer Garner, Sofia Mali, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson and Ken Jeong voicing the main characters. The story follows June, a wildly creative girl who possesses an unrestrained imagination and exhibits a strange aptitude for engineering. The precocious June further develops this fascination and ...

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‘Perfect victim’ or not, Asma Aziz is still a victim of her husband’s brutality and society’s mentality

We have all seen Asma Aziz’s bruised face and shaved head plastered across all media forums. With a croaked and defeated voice, she narrated the extent of the sexual violence and physical abuse inflicted on her by her husband, Faisal Aziz. She disclosed that he had stripped her naked and beaten her with steel pipes while the male house-help pinned her down in a grotesque display of violent voyeurism. She later implored for justice through social media. And justice is what the nation demands, unequivocally, irrespective of class and gender. Disgusting! A woman in Lahore, who identified herself as Asma Aziz was tortured ...

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Why did our political talk shows turn into a nightly circus?

As the sun sets in the evening, news anchors start to gather their crops for the circus to begin. Different channels, different names, different logos but the same concept: four boxes occupying the corners of the screen with unprofessional individuals locked inside them, alongside an anchor who holds the whip to control their interactions.  This is the prime time to learn about the ethics, morals and values (or lack thereof) Pakistani society portrays each day during the peak hours of screen time. Broadcast media loves to be the moral police of society in Pakistan, but what it does during peak ...

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Netflix’s Unacknowledged had me low-key believing aliens have been visiting Earth

Stephen Hawking once wrote: “The idea that we are alone in the universe seems to me completely implausible and arrogant, considering the number of planets and stars that we know exist, it’s extremely unlikely that we are the only form of evolved life.” It’s not a crazy idea, but rather an arrogant one to believe that aliens, creatures, other living beings do not exist in our vast Milky Way. However, what can most certainly get you labelled as ‘crazy’ is saying that aliens have visited our planet. As someone with minimal interest in aliens and the conspiracy theories surrounding it, especially ...

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ManUtd vs Barcelona: The Red Devils may be making a comeback, but will history repeat itself?

“Can Manchester United score? They always score. And Solskjaer has won it. Manchester United have reached the promised land.” Even if you are not a Manchester United fan, you would know that these lines are reminiscent of the 1999 Champions League final in Camp Nou, Barcelona. United made a historic comeback in the injury time and beat Bayern Munich 2-1, thanks to Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunner Solskjaer, who netted the goals. Who would have thought that the 26-year-old Solskjaer, who netted the winner for the Red Devils, would be managing Manchester United after 20 years and taking his side to ...

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