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By Kashish Rai
Politics is a hot topic in India. The Indian people cannot resist without talking about politics. Though, the entertainment Industry makes content that is widely consumed by the masses but somewhere it has failed to bring real-character based content that reflects the actual world of politics in its political thriller movies.
Today, we have bought a list of Political Thrillers that you can watch amidst quarantine at home which manage to give a realistic portrayal of what the Political world in India looks like!
These films not only have Gripping content, but they also show something that we as common people might not have appraised before about politics.
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THE TASHKENT FILES (2019)
DIRECTOR: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri
There’s no doubt in saying that Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri is a Lucrative and All-Embracing Filmmaker! The Tashkent Files is undoubtedly his mastercraft which is a sensational and gripping political drama. The Film talks about the mysterious death of the Second Prime Minister of India~ Lal Bahadur Shastri ji at Tashkent. This film is totally intriguing and tells a whole lot about the history of the incident. The director has done very good research and woven all the information with utter refinement for making this film a masterpiece.
The Movie asks some pertinent questions on Shastri’s Death~ Why was no post-mortem carried out? Why did the government refuse to declassify the document in its possession that pertains to Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Death? It presents all facts and makes you think with a deep insight. Eventually, it was the second film of 2019 to play in theatres after 100 days. This film is truly a must watch!
Watch The Tashkent Files on Zee 5: The Tashkent Files: Full Movie on Zee 5
TRANSPARENCY: PARDARSHITA (2020)
DIRECTOR: Munish Raizada
Transparency: Pardarshita is a 6-episode hindi language documentary series that highlights the sentiments of the India Against Corruption Movement (Anna Andolan) and explores the trajectory of the movement along with backstage scenarios that led to subsequent political developments, that includes the formation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). It is directed by Dr. Munish Kumar Raizada who was an active participant in India Against Corruption Movement at forefront as well as the core member of AAP.
The Web Series gives an in-depth analysis of the functioning of AAP. The analysis is based on the narratives of various members of the political Party~ including Dr. Kumar Vishwas, Shazia Ilmi etc. along with political analysts and Journalists that followed the developments closely. Through this Documentary, the Director has tried to show the actuality and ascertain the issue of political funding by AAP which led to the carnage of trust of thousands of people and core Volunteers of the party like him who dreamt of a Corruption-Free India. This series is a must watch, as it a call of every common man!
You can watch the Transparency: Pardarshita ~ Transparency: Pardarshita (Full Documentary Series)
DIRECTOR: Prakash Jha
Satyagraha is a vibrantly layered film that spins together urban legends of corruption. It features many incidents in Indian Politics like Chauri Chaura, 2G Scam, Mandal Commission and Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Andolan. The movie takes the “Real” issue of Corruption into “Reel” life movingly fusing the facts with fiction. It is believed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Capitalised on the film which led it to have many political gains during the elections of 2013.
In the movie Satyagraha, director Prakash Jha effectively meshes the urban angst witnessed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook with the ground realities of India’s heartland. He simply takes up a topical socio-political issue and forges a drama designed to deliver a message of import. Movie Satyagraha spares no effort to reflect the rising tide of public anger against a creaking, corrupt and callous system that treats citizens of the country like a load of dirt. You can definitely go ahead for watching this.
You Can Watch Satyagraha on Netflix
THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER (2019)
DIRECTOR: Vijay Gutte
Confined to a book with the same title, The Accidental Prime Minister is a film that projects former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Relationship with his media advisor Sanjay Baru. Whole of this film focuses largely on the public image of Dr. Manmohan Singh. It also touches upon the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s key milestones, like the nuclear deal and Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s undisputed authority within the Congress Party.
Anupam Kher’s acting is a masterstroke that is sworn-in amidst wide-ranging skepticism within the ranks. The film bravely names real characters and shows them in the light they are perceived in. It also unleashes the lack of corporate and moral ethics by Baru’s character, who uses his distinct position to unravel confidential information in his book. He eventually ends up losing trust and equity with Dr. Manmohan Singh. You can definitely watch this!
The Accidental Prime Minister Movie is Available on ZEE 5 App
BATLA HOUSE (2019)
DIRECTOR: Nikkhil Advani
13 September 2008~ The national capital of can Delhi never forget this date when five serial blasts rocked the city, in which 30 people were killed and at least 100 injured. After a week Delhi Police’s special cell did an encounter against the Indian Mujahdeen’s terrorists in Jamia Nagar’s Batla House: the film is a fictionalized account of the operation and the controversies that followed thereafter.
Batla house is an attempt to balance such a crucial narrative without taking any apparent sides. It is a film packed with a right dose of patriotism with the story of an honest ACP at its centre. It is one of those films with tension and curiosity entangled throughout, leaving you with knots in your stomach. You should definitely watch it.
You Can Watch Batla House on Amazon Prime Video App
Politics does not limit to those in power in the government, it is also about the ones who are in the run to achieve the same power, or the ones who support them.
Though, there are many films that come from the Indian Entertainment Industry, but we sincerely hope that it makes more realistic portrayals of politics on screen in the near future.
Along with the undeniable natural beauty, the Kashmir valley has developed a reputation for adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, and river rafting. Kashmir has maintained its charm, allowing us to time-travel into beautiful destinations which make one forget about the stress and worries of life. The hikes in Kashmir offer adventurers to go on a self-discovery trip through nature's lap over the mountains while taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds them on their journey. In addition to the hikes, there are many thrilling adventure activities, like rock climbing, rope climbing, etc. Trekking across the region of mountains and lakes will allow you to experience living in the "Paradise on Earth," and you wouldn't want to return to your regular life after that.
The following are some of the finest hiking destinations in Kashmir:
#1: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek: You will be transported to a heavenly and unseen aspect of Kashmir on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. In addition to three high-altitude passes and five river valley crossings, this is the only trip in the Himalayas that includes seven alpine lakes, each of which is a stunning shade of green, blue, or turquoise. The extravagance is limitless and breathtakingly stunning every day: infinite blue sky, a larger-than-life backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, colourful meadows overflowing with wildflowers, river crossings are just a few examples of what you will encounter during the trek.
You will be transported to a heavenly and unseen aspect of Kashmir on the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. | Photo by prayer flags on Unsplash
#2: Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora Trek: The Sonamarg-Vishansar-Bandipora trek is a one-of-a-kind experience that provides a glimpse into Kashmir's undiscovered regions. Sonamarg, famously known as the Meadows of Gold, is the starting point for this fascinating journey that is the perfect experience for anyone looking to get away from the frantic tourist rush. This trek is a fascinating journey that allows nature enthusiasts to bask in the splendour of nature's grandeur. The trek goes over many high mountain passes, some as high as 4000 metres in elevation. The hiking route, in addition to providing breathtaking views of the magnificent Vishansar Lake, provides visitors with the chance to see more than 50 alpine lakes.
Sonamarg, famously known as the Meadows of Gold, is the starting point for this fascinating journey. | Photo by YASER NABI MIR on Unsplash
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#3: Tral-Narastan-Marsar Trek: The Tral-Narastan-Marsar trek is filled with a range of exciting experiences from beginning to end. The hiking trail passes past a waving saffron field, beautiful meadows, and several streams. The path also crosses the Dachigam National Park, where there is an opportunity to see various animal species. Trekkers may take in spectacular views of the high mountains running parallel to them as they cut and pass through Narastan, a Hindu pilgrimage place.
The Tral-Narastan-Marsar trek is filled with a range of exciting experiences from beginning to end. | Wikimedia Commons
#4: Chhatargul-Mahlish-Gangabal: The journey, which passes through beautiful locations such as Chattargul, Mahlish, Kolsar, and Trunkul, provides a peek into an utterly uninhabited wilderness of Kashmir. There are lakes and meadows adorned with flowers along the route as one trek into the alpine wilderness. Trekkers can also enjoy fishing in the crystal clear lakes, camping, or just seeing towering snow-capped mountains while on their journey.
There are lakes and meadows adorned with flowers along the route as one treks into the alpine wilderness. | Wikimedia Commons
#5: Kolahoi Base Camp Trek: The Kolahoi Base Camp trek in Kashmir has been famous since the early 1900s and has been a goal for many seasoned hikers from across the world. While Srinagar serves as the beginning point for the trip, it is in Aru Valley that the actual hiking begins. The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek is a gentle adventure that is ideal for novices and families with children. The breathtaking sight of the peaks rising into the sky on the horizon of the Pirpanjal and Karakoram ranges is certainly worth capturing. It is considered to be one of the most popular treks in the Kashmir valley.
The Kolahoi Base Camp Trek is a gentle adventure that is ideal for novices and families with children. | Wikimedia Commons
Kashmir's natural splendour, with its beautiful valleys and towering mountains, is really unlike anywhere. Trekking through various valleys and peaks while taking in the scenic beauty is something that always calms the heart and provides us with memories that we will remember for a lifetime.
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The Pitru Paksha starts after the Full Moon day, and this day marks the beginning of the waning phase of the Lunar cycle. This event is roughly of 15-day period, and is of great significance. From this day, rituals like Tarpan or Tarpanam and Shradh are carried out to pay respects to dead relatives and ancestors.
It is believed that from the very first day till the last day, the unhappy souls of the deceased return to the Earth to see their family members. So, in order to ensure that the dead attain Moksha, i.e. to get liberation, family members of these souls quench their thirst and satisfy their hunger by performing the Pind Daan, which includes offering food consisting of cooked rice and black sesame seeds. The literal meaning of Pind Daan is the act of satisfying those who no longer exist physically.
For fifteen days, prayers are offered in temples and rituals are performed to help the souls get free from the cycle of birth, life, and death, and attain salvation.
At the same time, the Pitru Paksha is also an important period for people with Pitru Dosha, which means the curse imposed by the ancestors. Hence, in order to ask forgiveness, people perform Shradh rituals and offer food to the crows, who are considered as living beings that represent the dead. It is believed, if the crow eats the offered food, the ancestors are happy and pleased. But, if the crow doesn't eat the offered food and flies away, the ancestors are not happy.
The event of Pitru Paksha is widely observed by Hindus from all over the world, and they perform prayers and rituals in order to gain their ancestors blessings.
At the heart of Bangalore city, a large 300-acre space of lush greenery and heritage stands as a symbol of the city's past, present, and future. Cubbon Park is every child's favourite park, every Bangalorean's haven of fresh air, and altogether, the city's pride.
It stands testament to the past, in terms of the diversity of flora it houses. Bangalore traffic in the recent past has grown into a menace, but the stretch between MG Road and Cubbon Park is always a pleasurable place to stop and wait for the signal to turn green. The gust of wind that blows here, and the smell of mud, coupled with floral scents instantly transports citizens to Old Bangalore, where the weather was fine, and the trees loomed over roads with thick canopies that did not even allow rainwater to penetrate. Cubbon Park is also a historical site, and one of the few remaining monuments of colonial heritage in Central Bangalore. It houses many statues and among them, the most famous is that of Queen Victoria, which faces the St. Mark's Square.
The stretch outside Cubbon Park is cool and well-shaded from the canopy of trees over it. Image source: wikimedia commons
At present, Cubbon Park is known for the cultural hub that it is. It houses Jawahar Bal Bhavan, which is a large theatre that hosts film festivals through the year. Festivals, poetry open mics, and other such shows are conducted on the lawns every Sunday. A small stream runs through the park, where boat rides are held occasionally when the water level is high enough. There is a children's park on one corner, and a government-maintained aquarium, two-storeys tall, with exotic fish.
The Park has been renamed many times in the past. It was originally named Meade's Park, after Sir John Meade, the acting commissioner of Mysore in 1870. It was later changed to Cubbon Park after Sir Mark Cubbon, who was the longest-serving commissioner of the Mysore state. In 1927, the park was renamed after the Mysore Maharaja Sri Krishna Wodeyar, to celebrate his silver jubilee, since the park was developed during the reign of his ancestors. Even though it is officially named Sri Chamrajendra Park, it is still known as Cubbon Park all over the city. In fact, Bangalore was alluded the sobriquet of 'Garden City' because of the rich botanical diversity of this park.
Art Installation at Cubbon Park Image source: wikimedia commons
In many parts of the country, governments have renamed structures, places, and cities to remove traces of colonialism. But, in a city like Bangalore, there is too much evidence of the British rule. Many of the most prominent attractions of the city are known by their British identities despite the change in name. Even the city's name continues to be Bangalore, despite having been changed to Bengaluru. Last year, the British era and its achievements were celebrated in Cubbon Park when Sir Mark Cubbon's statue was moved from the grounds of the Karnataka High Court and placed in the Park.
Keywords: Cubbon Park, Mark Cubbon, British Colonialism, Cultural hub, Garden City