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Why the Raees trailer offends me
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Why the Raees trailer offends me

It reinforces the Muslim stereotype, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. I wonder if you've heard of Wali Mohammed Wali? Before you Google his name, let me tell you something personal about 9/11 (For those of you who may not remember, 11/9/2001 was when two planes flew into, and destroyed, the Twin Towers in New York, forever marking Muslims -- and those non-white skinned people who happen to wear a beard and a turban -- as terrorists in America). As for me, an Indian Muslim, there were two things I ... Rediff.com, 1 day ago
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The foot soldiers of Modi's cashless India

As Narendra Modi and his ministers vigorously campaign for a shift to a cashless society, Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reports on what is happening on the ground. Do
 Rediff.com1 week ago Waiting at the bank at 3 am!  Rediff.com3 weeks ago
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My sobering encounters with Modi's Digital India

In these times of Rs 2,000 notes and digital payment apps, Syed Firdaus Ashraf tries to book tickets for Dear Zindagi. A week ago, I decided not to spend money in the wake of demonetisation. Some of my Modi bhakt friends suggested I spend money to keep the economy going. Heeding their advice, I got my weekly rations last week. Not foodgrains, silly, but cash. Rs 24,000, the government dictated weekly cash quota for all Indians. I felt great when the bank teller handed me 11 notes of Rs 2,000 ...
 Rediff.com1 week ago Marie Antoinette and Paytm in Modi's India  Rediff.com4 weeks ago 'Modi will suffer for this in the next elections'  Rediff.com4 weeks ago 'In Mumbai, retail business is suffering daily by Rs 325 crore'  Rediff.com2 weeks ago
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Trailer Watch: Playing the blind game in Kaabil

Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam are blind and beautiful in Kaabil.Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf reviews the trailer. As a child, when we watched a blind Moushmi Chatterjee sing Woh Kya Hai Ek Mandir Hai in Anuraag (1972), my aunt commented, 'How come this blind heroine has set her hair so well? I have tried to do it many times, but haven't managed.' Times don't change in Bollywood. In the trailer for Sanjay Gupta's Kaabil, I saw a smart looking blind couple -- Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago Trailer Watch: Kahaani 2 looks intriguing!  Rediff.com1 month ago
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Rs 2,200 to watch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!

Syed Firdaus Ashraf is startled by the prices for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and and Shivaay tickets. Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is creating mushkil for cinegoers. Ticket prices for the film are as high as Rs 2,200 at some theatres. A single ticket for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil at the PVR: Director's Cut in Ambience mall, New Delhi, will cost you Rs 2,200 (for the 11.20 am show) in the platinum superior section. For the same show, you will pay Rs 2,000 for a platinum seat. This means if a family of ...
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The cashless chaiwallah who swears by Modi

'The mindset of people needs to change.''We still believe in accepting cash when we can do business with digital money as well.'Kiran Mahida, a chaiwallah, tells Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf why India will embrace Narendra Modi's vision of a cashless economy just as he has. Tea vendor Kiran Mahida, who was among those who proposed Narendra Modi's candidature when the then Gujarat chief minister filed his nomination papers from the Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency in April 2014, has gone ...
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The lady who made the 'beggar' video that impressed Modi

‘I shot the video in January 2014 and I had no idea then that demonetisation will happen.’ ‘Narendra Modi mentioning my video is the ultimate (high).’ ‘Even beggars can go tech savvy. I believe technology can be a great leveller.’ Kulpreet Kaur, co-founder of SmartTek which offers digital solutions, found her phone ringing non-stop on Saturday. In his speech at Moradabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he saw a video on Whatsapp of a beggar ...
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His crusade made the national anthem a must at movie halls

'When the national anthem is played it has to be played for 52 seconds.''It is mandatory. It is in the law.''One or two seconds here and there is fine when kids sing. But you cannot deliberately stretch the national anthem by singing in long aalaps.' IMAGE: Two Supreme Court judges ruled on November 30, 2016 that every cinema hall in the country would play the Jana Gana Mana before every movie screening and that everyone in the theatre would need to stand up when the national anthem is being ...
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The 20 year old arrested for speaking against demonetisation

'If they felt that my post was wrong, they should have filed a defamation case against me.''Why pick me up in the night and detain me?' Abhishek Mishra, a 20-year-old civil engineering student, posted against demonetisation and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on his Facebook page on November 11. Within nine hours, the MP police arrived at his home, blindfolded him and detained him for 12 hours at an unknown location. Bhopal Inspector cyber cell Ravikant Dehariya confirmed ...
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10 arguments on demonetisation I am fed up of

In all the time he has spent in bank and ATM queues, these 10 arguments were being thrown at him constantly by those supporting demonetisation, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com Two weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, I am tired of running from one bank to another or in search of an ATM that will spew out cash. Apart from the fatigue caused by all this physical activity, my ears are also weary. For the ...
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