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Vintage Suresh Gopi makes a delightful comeback

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If you loved the Suresh Gopi hits written by Renji Panicker, like Lelam, Pathram and Ekalavyan, then Kaaval directed by Nithin Renji Panicker will be a delight for you.

The plot revolves around two friends, Antony (Renji Panicker) and Thampan (Suresh Gopi), who once held sway over a small town like feudal lords, in the process antagonising many including cops.

Later, they part ways diminishing their stature in the town.

The reason given for thick friends to stay away from each other for such a long period without making even a phone call is poorly scripted. However, it was a necessity for the plot to continue.

The first half moves on predictable lines and shows the contrast between what happens when you have money and power versus when you don’t. The second half gets more exciting with Thampan returning to the village to protect his friend’s family.


In the 90s, Suresh Gopi had delivered many hits and almost got the stature of Mohanlal and Mammootty, before he appeared in flops like Lanka and Aswaroodhan.

Kaaval is a comeback of the old Suresh Gopi in a dignified way. The characters have aged, but like Thampan says “the fire might have burned out, the ember is still hot.”

You cannot miss the reference to Commissioner and the background music just before he says the dialogue.

Kaaval is a tribute from Nithin to his father Renji Panickar in many ways. He has admitted in many interviews that he was greatly inspired by his dad’s movies. The very first shot in the film will take you back to the beginning of the Lelam. There are many such shots and scenes in which Nithin craftily connects us back to Suresh Gopi’s glorious days from the 90s.


Considering his previous directorial Kasaba was a disaster, Kaaval is a major improvement by Nithin, though he could have made it weaving in elements to attract the new generation, who did not grow up watching Suresh Gopi as a star.

If a major criticism for Kasaba was its poor portrayal of women, Nithin has slightly improved on that front too with Rachel David (Antony’s daughter) and Muthumani (Antony’s wife) playing two strong woman characters. They do justice to their roles bringing out grief, anger and a ‘dash of action’ within the brief screen time they get.

Nikhil S Praveen’s camera offers a lot of shots exploring the beauty of the hilly terrain covered with mist and greenery. Ranjin Raj’s music adds an emotional punch to the action film.

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Delhi govt releases EV charging norms for corporates

The Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) launched a guidebook for EV Charging in workplaces for corporates, Monday.

DDC vice-chairperson Jasmine Shah said research suggested that 90% of EVs are charged at home or workplace.

“This guidebook details the processes involved for effective decision-making to install workplace charging and is aimed at making corporates an integral part of the EV movement,” he said.

If police knew about riot plans, then why no action: Umar Khalid’s lawyer to Delhi court

Former JNU student Umar Khalid, through his lawyer, asked a Delhi court Monday why police allowed the Northeast Delhi riots to take place when a protected witness was supposedly in touch with the local SHO, informing him about the planning.

Senior advocate Trideep Pais was arguing for bail on behalf of Umar before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat. However, his arguments could not be concluded and will continue on December 9.

On the last date of hearing, Pais submitted that the witnesses in the UAPA case made cooked-up statements and that a case can’t be made on half-truths. During Monday’s hearing, Pais submitted that the witnesses had made improved statements to the Magistrate and that they were “cherry picked” by police around Umar’s arrest.

3 men arrested for hacking exam centre computers

The Delhi Police Cyber Cell arrested three men who run coaching centres in Delhi and Ahmedabad for allegedly helping hundreds of students cheat in competitive exams.

Police said the trio used the dark web to advertise their services, and would hack systems and change answers during online exams. To ensure no one from the test centre suspected them, they used software to detect movement of all people inside using a computer there, police said.

Senior police officers said the accused charged Rs 1-2 lakh from each candidate to help them clear exams such as GMAT, GATE, CAT.

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Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen said the investigators looking into the Trump Organization could ‘indict Donald Trump tomorrow’ and be successful

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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, arrives at his Park Avenue home after being released from federal prison on July 24, 2020, in New York City.Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

  • Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen said prosecutors could successfully indict the former president.

  • He said the New York investigation is going after Trump Org executives, Trump, and his family.

  • Cohen said he had supplied investigators with “thousands and thousands” of documents.

New York prosecutors investigating the Trump Organization and its finances “could indict Donald Trump tomorrow if they really wanted and be successful,” Michael Cohen, the former president’s ex-personal attorney, said Sunday.

In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cohen discussed the ongoing criminal investigation against Trump, led by the Manhattan district attorney and New York attorney general. It’s centered on a number of potential financial crimes by Trump’s organization — most notably the question of whether he fraudulently inflated the value of his assets to gain an edge in financing deals.

Cohen said he had supplied “thousands and thousands” of documents to the prosecutors and that other witnesses have been roped into the investigation.

When asked by the host Chuck Todd whether he was “confident you did help Donald Trump commit crimes,” Cohen said: “I can assure you that Donald Trump is guilty of his own crimes. Was I involved in much of the inflation and deflation of his assets? The answer to that is yes.”

He declined to talk about the case against Trump in detail, as he didn’t want to “tip off Trump or the Trump Organization’s people about what is actually happening.”

But he did say prosecutors are taking aim at the former president and his family.

“You can bet your bottom dollar that Allen Weisselberg is not, and I truly mean this, Allen Weisselberg is not the key to this,” Cohen said, referring to the Trump Organization’s former chief financial officer. Weisselberg was charged with 15 felony counts including scheme to defraud, conspiracy, and grand larceny.

“They are going after Donald. They’re going after Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka, a whole slew of individuals — family as well,” Cohen said. Cohen also repeated his previous assertion that Trump wouldn’t run in the 2024 elections, saying that the former president’s “Big Lie” fundraising appeals — based on claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him — are the “greatest grift in US history.”

When Todd asked whether Cohen believed the Trump Organization is a “criminal enterprise,” Cohen responded: “I don’t even know how to answer that. Are they a criminal enterprise? Let’s just say that they committed crimes.”

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How Indian vaccines will fare against COVID’s Omicron variant

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India has currently granted emergency usage authorisation to multiple vaccines, of which the only mRNA vaccine by Moderna is not yet available in the country.

As of now, Serum Institute of India’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Russian vaccine Sputnik V are being administered in India to people who fit the eligibility criteria.

Both Covishield and Russia’s Sputnik V uses the adenoviral vector technology to trigger an immune response using a modified version of a different virus, known as a vector. Covaxin on the other hand, is developed using Whole-Virion Inactivated Vero Cell derived platform technology, wherein the inactivated virus does not replicate but mounts a defensive immune response against the infection.

Since the new Omicron variant is known to have many mutations in the spike protein that are targeted by the vaccine antibodies, there could be some changes in vaccine efficacy.

However, according to Dr. Panda, only time could tell and determine how effective the vaccines will prove against the new variant. He says, “There are different kinds of vaccines. Some are directed towards the spike protein of the virus which gets attached to the receptor. So, if changes happened there, vaccines might not be effective.” In simple terms, if the spike protein that helps the virus to enter the host cell continues to mutate, it might become difficult for the vaccine-induced antibodies to detect and neutralize it, making it more rampant.

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