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Mr India may have been played by Anil Kapoor but Sridevi was the best thing about it

Arguably India’s first superhero movie, Mr India is the result of things not working out as planned — and no one is complaining.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Nutan’s understated yet powerful performance in Bandini is a masterclass in acting

Bandini is special for many reasons — Nutan’s performance, Bimal Roy’s direction, and Gulzar’s debut as a lyricist.
Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Madhubala and K Asif’s grandeur is what makes Mughal-e-Azam an epic

A film with one of the highest production costs and the biggest collections, Mughal-e-Azam’s success can be put down to Madhubala’s grace and beauty.
Arth

Arth may have been based on Mahesh Bhatt’s life, but Jagjit Singh played a starring role

Jagjit Singh's haunting ghazals compel listeners to question the meaning of love, loss, life and identity.
A poster from the movie Howrah Bridge | NFAI

OP Nayyar’s music turned Howrah Bridge from a movie to a whole mood

Madhubala and Ashok Kumar-starrer Howrah Bridge has music as a character.
Anand Math

Anand Math is the anti-establishment film to watch and learn from

Starring Geeta Bali, Bharat Bhushan and Ajit, the film shows the struggle behind rebellion and poses some uncomfortable questions.
Girish Karnad and Shabana Azmi in Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's, Swami | Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Shabana Azmi is what Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay thought of when he wrote Swami

The 1977 film is an excellent tribute to Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s book, which put the woman and her desires and angst in the forefront.
Actor Saeed Jaffrey on the sets of Chashme Buddoor with Deepti Naval and Sai Paranjape | Twitter: @FilmHistoryPic

Chashme Buddoor, aka Saeed Jaffrey, and the art of making a small role fill the screen

The 1981 rom com and buddy film starring Saeed Jaffrey shows you don’t have to be centre stage or mainstream to have an impact.
1942: A Love Story

1942: A Love Story — the swansong that brought R.D. Burman back to stay

Music company HMV had told Vidhu Vinod Chopra it wouldn’t pay if he signed R.D. Burman. Thankfully, he didn’t listen.
Garm Hava

M.S. Sathyu’s Garm Hava still speaks to a country wrestling with questions over citizenship

The story of a Muslim family in post-Partition India and the troubles they faced is a powerful call to humanity.

On Camera

A house marked in Delhi during coronavirus pandemic | Twitter

Marking Covid-19 patients should not leave a social mark in a country like India

The act of marking carries historical baggage. If India wants to mark those infected with coronavirus, it must think of sensible ways that don’t outlive the crisis.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Ramayan on DD: Best way to keep India’s elderly indoors or show the young TV beyond Netflix?

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, which was a rage in the late 1980s, has made a comeback at a time when the 21-day lockdown has forced people indoors.

Defence

Indian Army (representational image) | Photo: PTI

Soldiers failing to disclose Covid-19 information will invite action under Army Act

Army advisory says not disclosing Covid-19 symptoms, travel details or contact with suspected patient will be treated as 'willful concealment' & breach of discipline.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.