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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.

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.

Gumrah, BR Chopra’s tale of a woman’s desire that challenged conventions back in 1963

Gumrah, said to be inspired by the love story of Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal, was refreshingly bold and managed to stand apart from the many adaptations that followed.

Jawani Diwani was candyfloss Bollywood, but it turned many stereotypes on their head

Fun and frothy, this light-hearted rom com features songs that are on every party playlist even today

Anuradha, or the musical genius of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Lata Mangeshkar and Shailendra

Music is in every frame of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's film, and the soundtrack is the kind that stays in one's head for a long time.

Amar Prem tells the story of relationships that have no name but the power to break hearts

Not Shakti Samanta, Rajesh Khanna or Sharmila Tagore – it was Anand Bakshi’s lyrics that gave this movie its soul.

The isolation of Bhuvan Shome is all too real in a time of social distancing

Mrinal Sen’s classic New Wave film starring Utpal Dutt also launched the career of Amitabh Bachchan who went on to become a superstar.

On Camera

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Rahul Gandhi in Srinagar, where the Bharat Jodo Yatra has culminated | Rahul Gandhi/Twitter

Bharat Jodo Yatra has worked more for Rahul Gandhi. Congress’ walk...

In such a buzz-creating yatra, not one new Congress leader was born. Pramod Mahajan, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Modi emerged from Advani's and Manohar Joshi’s yatras.
File photo of a ship at a port in India | PTI

Economic Survey calls for close watch on India’s current account deficit,...

Strong domestic demand amidst high commodity prices will raise total import bill and contribute to unfavourable developments in the current account balance, warns report.

Defence

Representational image | Nuclear submarine INS Chakra | Indian Navy

Budget 2023: Defence eyes big boost for more firepower, submarines, drones

Private sector is also hoping for a high budgetary allocation for defence capital expenditure since it will translate into more acquisition programmes fructifying.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.