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When I came to live in Hyderabad a decade ago, a wise man, visibly drunk, told me that the three things that mattered in Hyderabad were politics, astrology and cinema.

Hyderabad Diary
Hyderabad Diary
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Politics Is Cinema

When I came to live in Hyderabad a decade ago, a wise man, visibly drunk, told me that the three things that mattered in Hyderabad were politics, astrology and cinema. Having lived in Delhi for many years, I understood politics as a mixture of sleaze, boasting about your proximity to the high and mighty and an eternal quest for freebies. Hyderabad taught me that politics was still old-fashioned rhetoric and high-decibel posturing. Politics effortlessly simulates the exaggerated kitsch of Telugu cinema, with few and rare exceptions in either genre. The family resemblance between politics and cinema has been the staple of politics here in the last few decades, especially with film stars regularly joining the queue for ‘serving the people’. Over the years I have seen alliances change, ideologies dilute and governance collapse, but the level of noise...

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