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Aar Paar, Guru Dutt’s 1954 film that featured authentic, realistic dialogue by Abrar Alvi

Guru Dutt, Shyama, Shakila and Johnny Walker star in this noirish comedy-thriller with great tunes by O.P. Nayyar.
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Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom is as beautifully relatable as it was almost 40 years ago

Starring Naseeruddin Shah & Shabana Azmi, the movie features some of R.D. Burman and Gulzar's finest work, & three adorable kids.

Mirza Ghalib: The movie was the perfect marriage of the poet’s words with Suraiya’s voice

When Jawaharlal Nehru told her she had brought Ghalib's soul back to life with this movie, he was not exaggerating.

Salaam Bombay! is a haunting exploration of child labour in India

The proceeds from the movie were used to set up Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO that works for the welfare of street children.
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Raj Kapoor’s Awara is all the more relevant in the context of India’s migrant crisis

The movie, known for bringing Charlie Chaplin into Bollywood, is a gripping drama that shows the vicious circle of crime and poverty.
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Sunil Dutt’s one-actor movie Yaadein is an oddly apt watch in these isolated times

Sunil Dutt's National Award-winning directorial debut shows his prowess as an actor & filmmaker, and his willingness to take risks.

Sadma is an achingly beautiful story about a love that defies labels

Balu Mahendra's Hindi remake of his Tamil classic, Moondram Pirai, was a milestone in his, Sridevi's and Kamal Haasan's careers.

Kaagaz Ke Phool is Guru Dutt’s masterclass in filmmaking and heartbreak

Guru Dutt's classic, tragic film is brought to life by subtle performances and dialogue, gorgeous camerawork and Kaifi Azmi's haunting lyrics.

Raat Aur Din, directed by Satyen Bose, was the perfect swansong for Nargis

Nargis Dutt's performance as a woman with an identity disorder in this 1967 film won her the first National Award for Best Actress.
Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in Bobby | ThePrint Team

With Bobby, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia set the bar for young love in Bollywood

Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Hum Tum, Saawariya - all owe a debt to this1973 movie.

On Camera

Kota

India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

Defence

Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.