Author: Ambarish Ganesh

‘The Founder’ | Movie Review – Good Mac, Bad Mac, Big Mac

The Founder is a cinematic happy meal to cherish before Donald Trump delivers his inaugural speech as the next US President. Director John Lee Hancock addresses the appetite just right. He layers his protagonist with despair, positivity and opportunity; adds passion, tension, amazing salesmanship skills and dollops of betrayal to taste; mixes it all to form a storyline patty, and deep-fries it in real-world monstrosity. For garnish, there’s business acumen. The story of the massive”McDonald’s” empire. Served hot. With bad cholesterol. Audience first meet Kroc (a brilliant Michael Keaton) in 1952, where he shows up all magnetic at a drive-in trying to sell a new-tech milkshake...

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Best Of Bollywood In 2016 – Top 10 Hindi Films This Year

For Bollywood, 2016 was an year of biopics. An air-hostess who kept calm during crisis, a professor who was suspended from college due to ‘wrong’ sexual orientation, a ticket-collector who went on to become the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team, an NRI businessman who orchestrates one of the biggest evacuations ever, a father who wrestles society and gender stereotypes to let his daughters discover their true potential – all protagonists of some of the best cinematic experiences this year. Let’s set the ball rolling. #1 Dangal Nitesh Tiwari had us rolling in Chillar Party and Bhoothnath Returns, two films meant as...

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Watch ‘X-Story’, A Cyberpunk Animated Short Film That Blends Indiana Jones With RoboCop

This science-fictional short has a anti-hero protagonist most likely to originate if Indiana Jones is bionically recast as RoboCop. One of the best science-fiction films I’ve seen this year, ‘X-Story’ is about a seeker who follows a map and has to face a few challenges that come his way. The cyberpunk tone and the video-game-like structure of this 13-minute film build up the thrill, and repeat viewing is recommended to completely take in its gorgeous art. (The guy and the futuristic bike reminded me of Akira) Created by Moscow-based Vitaliy Shushko and team, this short took over two years in the making. Watch...

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‘A Song of Many Rivers’, ‘The Laughing Skull’, ‘The Empty House’, ‘White Clouds, Green Mountains’ by Ruskin Bond | Book Review

Thanks to Rupa Publications, we got some delightful short stories by Ruskin Bond to make our Sweet November. We have with us four books, each an anthology with varying themes. The Song of Many Rivers- In this book, the author educates us about the many rivers and infrastructure laid around these rivers through a simple narrative. In the titular story, he use a first person narrative to describe the Suswa river, complete with historical and mythological inputs, along with the traditions that the local populace believes in. Rich with his own philosophy of perceiving matter, this is a book...

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India Demonitizes INR 500/- and INR 1000/- Notes To Fight Corruption. Watch PM Modi’s Statement.

Sab ka sarkaar, sab ka vikas (Government and progress for all.) In an extremely bold move against corruption, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500/- and Rs 1000/- will no longer be issued as legal tender from Wednesday. In his late evening broadcast, he mentioned that all circulating Rs 500/- and Rs 1000/- notes need to be deposited at post offices and banks by 30th December, 2016. Concessions shall be allowed for use of these currency notes in government-managed hospitals till 11th November, 2016. People who are unable to deposit 500 and 1000 rupee notes by December 30...

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