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BY SHWETA PORWAL
With pandemic hitting this year we all have been confined to our homes, relaxing and watching all the possible content on OTT platforms. No matter what, this year’s OTT platform has been a boon to us. We have been using OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+Hotstar, and Zee5 to take a break from our work or distress by Binge-watching our favorite shows and movies.
It’s no secret that the genres related to social and political issues have a monopoly over the other related content in India. In the last 11 months of 2020, we have witnessed a few gripping movies and shows related to the above-mentioned genre.
There are certain series and movies that will not only make you smarter but will help you to develop a sense and know about your society, politics, and its working.
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Take a look back at a few movies and series released in 2020 connected to social and political issues.
Streaming on: Disney+Hotstar
Laxmii movie is directed by Raghava Lawerence starring Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani. The film speaks for the transgender community of our society. The movie stands for transgenders, their rights, and standard of living as normal people in society. It also normalizes the fact that it is completely normal to talk to transgenders and accept their choices.
Transparency: Pardarshita is a 7 episode Hindi political documentary series produced and Directed by Dr. Munish Raizada defining the untold truth of Indian Politics. The story of the documentary revolves around the common man and the chase of Chanda (Funds).
Durgamati- The Myth
Genre: Social and Political
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Durgamati- The Myth starring Arshad Warsi and Bhumi Pednekar. The story revolves around a bureaucrat imprisoned in a haunted house for interrogation. However, things take an unexpected turn when she gets possessed by a spirit.
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Thappad movie starring Taapsee Pannu, Tanvi Azmi, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Kumud Mishra is based on the issue of Physical Abuse and how to deal with it. The movie states the unfair marital norms that our society doesn’t wish to raise a voice against. It brings to light the years of conditioning that a woman is subjected to by her own family and the society that she lives in.
Streaming on: ALT Balaji
Code M is the story of what happens when power is wielded by the crooked. A drama that takes a long hard look at the Indian Army and its biases. Code M follows Indian Army Lawyer Monica Mehra, who discovers a conspiracy while investigating a military encounter case. Her study brings forth several revelations that expose many Indian Army’s secrets and ethical wrongdoings.
Streaming on: MX Player
Ashram web series is produced by Prakash Jha Productions. Starring Bobby Deol as Baba Nirala. The series is about a conman in the grab of godman. Ashram talks about how a circle is built around these godmen’s and how they are interlinked with politics. The web series also throws light on the unholy nexus between godmen and political leaders and how due to such politics the shady doings of the ashrams go unnoticed.
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)