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Mrinal Sen’s Padatik, about dispirited Communists in 1970s Calcutta, is a tale of our times

Padatik is last in Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, in which Communists are risking their lives for a cause that forever seems out of reach.

Barjatya film and feminist? Meena Kumari’s 1962 film ‘Aarti’ made it possible

Rajshri Productions’ hit film Aarti showed an audacious woman who wouldn’t back down from life's challenges.

BR Chopra’s Naya Daur is still relevant for an India fighting age-old labour problems

Naya Daur remains a classic for it captured the lower income groups’ sentiment in the 1950s — not totally anti-machine, but wary enough.

Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’ asked difficult political questions & is an election must-watch

Ray’s 1977 classic, made during Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, is a story of a cunning political checkmate.

Lalita Pawar, Hindi cinema’s favourite vamp, played a memorable positive role in Anand

In Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, which also stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, Lalita Pawar plays a caring hospital matron.

Devdas: The tragic hero act that made KL Saigal a household name

On actor-singer KL Saigal's 115th birth anniversary, a look at PC Barua's iconic 1935 film that first put tragedy in Indian cinema’s romance.

Kissa Kursee Ka: A parody that sent Sanjay Gandhi to jail and laid bare Indian politics

Directed by Congress and Janata Party MP Amrit Nahata, Kissa Kursee Ka was made during the Emergency, and irked the Gandhi clan like nothing else.

Roti Kapda Aur Makaan: A film as relevant in Indira Gandhi’s time as it is in Modi era

As BJP and Congress promise election freebies and jobs, Manoj Kumar’s Roti Kapda Aur Makaan still rings uncannily true.

In Kati Patang, director Shakti Samanta created magic with Rajesh Khanna & R.D. Burman’s music

The film gave us evergreen hits like Yeh Shaam Mastani and Pyar Diwana Hota Hai featuring superstar Rajesh Khanna.

Shashi Kapoor’s New Delhi Times gives a true picture of journalism, warts and all

New Delhi Times conveys the fundamental duality that plagues all journalists — the thrill of chasing a ‘good story’ that is also a human tragedy.

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File photo | People's Liberation Army of China during a military parade | Wikimedia Commons/

Xi calls for PLA to remain combat-ready. The world should be...

The Chinese armed forces remain untested in battle, having last seen active combat in the late 1970s. To bridge the gap, China has asked veterans of foreign militaries to train its personnel.
Respresentational image | A group of women wearing burqas crosses the street as members of the Taliban drive past in Kabul, Afghanistan | Reuters file photo/Jorge Silva

Budget 2023: Development aid for war-torn Afghanistan unchanged, cuts for Sri...

Allocation to external affairs ministry for development assistance to foreign countries & projects fell 13% to estimated Rs 5,848.58 crore from Rs 6,750 crore in FY23.


NSA Ajit Doval interacts with White House National Security Advisor to US President Jake Sullivan during the reception, at India House, in Washington on 31 January 2023 | Photo: ANI

Doval, Sullivan talk jet engines, long-range artillery & Stryker at launch...

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval spoke with his American counterpart Jack Sullivan in Washington this week, highlighting the need to convert intentions, ideas into action through focused, timely steps.

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.