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When Bollywood switches off the limelight
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When Bollywood switches off the limelight

Bollywood doesn't care for the fading star, says Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE: Vinod Khanna's younger son Sakshi, who performed the last rites, with his mother Kavita Khanna, uncle Pramod Khanna, eldest brother Rahul Khanna and other mourners. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar Actress Uma Devi died on November 24, 2003. I was about to leave for her funeral, when a photographer friend called to say I was late, the funeral was over, so there was no point in my coming there. I asked him who had turned ... Rediff.com, 7 hours ago
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Anti-Romeo squads... and those Italian marines...

Why 'anti-Romeo'? Why not 'anti-loafer' squad? Or 'anti-Majnu' squad?' wonders Syed Firdaus Ashraf. Ever since Yogi Adityanath was elected Uttar Pradesh chief minister, sections of the media have been busy projecting his 'clean', 'secular' image. When I read about what Yogi likes to eat at breakfast, I wonder if all those years ago I made the right decision to become a journalist. Of course, what took the laddoo -- sorry, no cake, folks -- was one veteran journalist's tweet over the weekend: ...
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Secularists, Muslims need to accept Yogi

Will he take Modi's 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikas' route? Or will he turn UP into Egypt under Morsi, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. When Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Sunday many secularists and Muslims in my circle exclaimed, "This is it, this is the end of secular India!" Some Muslim friends called it the end of the Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb (composite culture) they were brought up in. Another friend commented that the Muslim vote has become irrelevant in India if you ...
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Trailer Watch: Baahubali 2 disappoints

Syed Firdaus Ashraf gives his reasons for disliking the trailer of the most anticipated mega movie of the year, Baahubali: The Conclusion. Indians are most passionate about discussing three things: Bollywood, Cricket and Politics.  But since 2016, when the first part of the film was released, everyone has gone crazy discussing why Kattapa killed Baahubali.  The mystery has kept movie lovers on tenterhooks ever since Baahubali: The Beginning released in July 2015.  So much so, ...
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A tale of two Akbars, and of Muslim women

Have Muslim women taken to the BJP even as their menfolk cling to 'secular' politics, asks Syed Firdaus Ashraf. IMAGE: The Bharatiya Janata Party's Muslim supporters celebrate the BJP's victory in the UP assembly election at the party office in Lucknow. Photograph: PTI Photo Over the Holi weekend, as the rest of the nation animatedly discussed the Uttar Pradesh assembly election results (and not so much over the one from Punjab), I watched the Israeli animated film, Waltz With Bashir. But only ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago 'Modi certainly doesn't exclude Muslims from governance'  Rediff.com1 month ago
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Why using cash can be risky these days

Syed Firdaus Ashraf reveals dual encounters when he regretted dealing in cash. Digital India, Virtual Reality In the last three months I have fallen in love with cashless transactions. The payment procedure is so easy, it takes just three simple steps. Swipe your credit card. Enter the password. Check SMS. And you are done. I have forgotten what cash means to me. Last month, I withdrew Rs 20,000 from my bank account, which I got in Rs 2,000 notes. Being in a hurry, I didn't check each and ...
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The truth Rishi Kapoor forgot

Rishi Kapoor slammed the 'actors of this generation' in a series of tweets for not attending Vinod Khanna's funeral, yesterday. Khanna passed away early on Thursday morning, after battling cancer.Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com, says there's a reason why only the older generation went to pay their last respects yesterday. Do read  ...
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'Make sure the truth is on your side'

'The size or economic potential of no event can be a valid excuse to break the law of the land.' IMAGE: Army soldiers paint railings on a pontoon bridge laid in the waters of the Yamuna river to reach the venue of the World Culture Festival on the banks of the river in New Delhi. Photograph: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters "Make sure the truth is on your side," says environmental activist Manoj Mishra who went up against Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his organisation, Art of Living, in a bid to ...
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'Sadhvi Pragya has bad destiny'

‘The ATS was investigating this case from a particular viewpoint. The situation changed in 2011 when NIA took over the case.’ IMAGE: Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, accused in the Malegaon blast case, has been in jail for the past nine years and according to her lawyer suffers from cancer. Photograph: PTI Photo. “Prima facie there is no case made out against Sadhvi Pragya,” said Justice Ranjit More of the Bombay high court while granting bail to Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, ...
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'Muslims have been made coolies of secularism'

'This is India, bhai. This kind of country does not exist anywhere in the world.' After the Supreme Court ordered a trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case against senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi said the December 6, 1992 demolition was more serious than Nathuram Godse's January 30, 1948 murder of Mahatma Gandhi. Owaisi spoke to Rediff.com's Syed Firdaus Ashraf ...
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