In an earlier post (This is Not News) I lamented the degrading quality of Indian television news channels. It might seem that I’m getting obsessed with this, but I can’t simply help it. This morning NDTV 24X7 aired a story about the much awaited movie Mangal Pandey – The Rising. According to the esteemed news channel, actress Rani Mukherjee is playing the role of an ’18th century’ nautch girl. The Sepoy Mutiny or the First War of Indian Independence on which the movie is based took place in 1857, i.e. in the 19th century. The movie is to release on August 12, and I could be proved wrong. It just might be the ghost of an 18th century tawaif enticing the 19th century rebel Mangal Pandey.

This might seem trivial. But when you promise quality and truth, even minuscule facts matter.

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