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77/100

The prospects for Balram (Adarsh Gourav) are manifestly bleak. In his rural hometown of Laxmangarh the trappings of the Indian caste system have condemned generations to exploitation at the hands of despotic landlords — landlords who take a hefty percentage of Balram’s family’s profits from their ramshackle tea shop. Despite being identified as one of the village’s brightest, Balram’s chances of winning a scholarship to one of the top schools in Delhi is snatched away from him when his father falls ill with tuberculosis and dies, forcing him to take on his duties at the tea shop. Unfortunately, having been…


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51/100

Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom has a bone to pick with Sir Philip Green. A polarizing figure in Britain, Green made his millions at the helm of a conglomerate of affordable highstreet clothing brands (Arcadia Group), but has recently become the gelatinous embodiment of capitalism’s garish side. From accusations of asset stripping, the infamous British Home Store (BHS) pension scandal, and allegations of racial, sexual and physical abuse from former employees, Green is no stranger to scandalous tabloid headlines. Recently, Arcadia Group went into administration in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst anxious employees were left in…

C. J. Jones

BA English Literature. Living in a Tory inferno.

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