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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.
New Delhi Times

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.
A still from Kabhi Kabhie | YouTube

Sahir’s poetry in Kabhi Kabhie and our forever connection with them

Yash Chopra’s ode to complicated relationships was made immortal by the man behind its poetry – Sahir Ludhianvi.
A still from 'Roti' | Youtube

Roti and Rajesh Khanna: When a Bollywood film took melodrama to new heights

Hindi films have an unceasing connection to mythological tales. But in the hands of someone like Manmohan Desai, they turn into great entertainment.
Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Haraam

Namak Haraam, the film in which Amitabh Bachchan trumped then superstar Rajesh Khanna

In Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s film Namak Haraam, 'supporting' actor Amitabh Bachchan stole the show, and perhaps the crown as well.
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Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
A still from Teesri Kasam | YouTube

Teesri Kasam: When Raj Kapoor played perfect foil to Waheeda Rehman’s heartbreaking grace

A commercial failure, Teesri Kasam won National Award for best film but its heartbroken and financially broke producer Shailendra had passed away by then
Vinod Khanna in a still from 'Mere Apne' | YouTube

No jobs then, no jobs now: Gulzar’s 1971 film Mere Apne still rings an unfortunate bell

In Mere Apne, Gulzar, still finding his feet as a maker after a long apprenticeship with Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, weaves in poetry and angst.
Dev Anand and Mumtaz in Tere Mere Sapne

In Vijay Anand’s Tere Mere Sapne, the idealism is old hat, but intimacy is modern

Vijay Anand was more than just a director of noir thrillers, and Tere Mere Sapne shows that.
Roy's Devdas (1955), with the haunting performance of actor Dilip Kumar, came to define the character-with several later stars trying their hand at playing the tragic hero

Why Bimal Roy’s Devdas remains the first among equals

Of the 16 adaptations of Sarat Chandra's novella, the most iconic remains director Bimal Roy's film on Devdas.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.