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Aradhana propelled Rajesh Khanna to his ‘15 hits in a row’ superstardom

On his 76th birth anniversary, rewatch Rajesh Khanna’s hit film with Sharmila Tagore that still holds a message for society

Politicians must watch Shammi Kapoor’s Tumse Achha Kaun Hai to appreciate India’s diversity

Tumse Achha Kaun Hai had a great soundtrack and an innocent paean to India’s incredible diversity.

Smita Patil’s Mirch Masala is the movie a post-#MeToo India must watch

Smita Patil left an indelible impact with her unique sensuality, resolve and vulnerability in Mirch Masala.

Cultural Taliban in India needs to watch Dharmendra’s Chupke Chupke again

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke, set in Allahabad (now Prayagraj), delivers a simple message through hilarious performances.

Padosan is a film that can’t be made in today’s Republic of Easy Offended India

Cult comedy Padosan features Hindi cinema’s most popular duet and never runs out of laughs.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna – a deeply conservative film that gave Bollywood its ‘boldest’ actor

Dev Anand’s film Hare Rama Hare Krishna, starring Zeenat Aman, gave India both its Rakhi and hippie anthem.

With 2019 elections approaching, Gulzar’s Aandhi is the film to watch again

Suchitra Sen and Sanjeev Kumar-starrer Aandhi was banned by Indira Gandhi govt during the Emergency.

Tipu Jayanti may be in the soup, but film ‘Johar-Mehmood in Goa’ placed him with Nehru & Gandhi

I.S. Johar’s celebrated 1965 comedy with Mehmood delivered a message on secularism that has been followed by Bollywood ever since.

As DD journalist is killed by Naxals, here’s how Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa showed sense of loss

Govind Nihalani’s 1998 film is a riveting take on the Naxalbari movement that shook Kolkata’s rich and poor alike.

As CBI investigates CBI, the movie to watch is Special 26

Neeraj Pandey-directed and Akshay Kumar-starrer Special 26 is a con artist drama based on a real-life incident.

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File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.