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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.
Smita Patel

Smita Patil’s portrayal of a flawed, messy actor in Bhumika is fascinating and powerful

Based on memoir of Marathi actor Hansa Wadkar, Smita Patil's Bhumika, a film by Shyam Benegal, is a brutal & unflinching look at the life of a female movie star in Bombay.
A still from C.I.D. starring Dev Anand | YouTube

C.I.D. — when Bollywood musical met noir in signature Dev Anand style

The 1956 classic also introduced one of Hindi cinema's most loved actors – Waheeda Rehman.
Disco Dancer

Disco Dancer and the era of disco featuring Bappi Lahiri

Bappi Lahiri’s iconic music electrified an entire generation and continues to inspire old-school disco diehards.
Zeenat Aman and Vijay Arora in Yaadon Ki Baarat

Bollywood’s definitive ‘masala’ film, Yaadon Ki Baarat tops the hall of fame

With an excellent soundtrack and a fast-paced and entertaining plot, Yaadon Ki Baraat established Zeenat Aman as a star.
A still from Chhoti Si Baat

Chhoti Si Baat is the kind of rom com we miss in today’s whirl of swiping and deleting – simple, sweet and funny

Starring Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha, the classic underdog tale leaves one with a bittersweet nostalgia for a gentler time.
A scene from the movie Koshish, with Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri | Youtube screengrab

Koshish, the nuanced 1972 film, portrayed how disability is just another aspect of life

The Gulzar-directed film won Sanjeev Kumar his second National Award and remains a landmark in both their careers.

On Camera

PM Modi with US President Donald Trump

Trump and Modi meeting when India-US partnership is strained. And then there’s China

Common security concerns and stronger ties between India and the US do not mean a trouble-free relationship. Politics within such partnerships is always intense.

65th Filmfare Awards in Assam: Good to expand Bollywood beyond Mumbai or is it politics?

Filmfare Awards was held for the first time outside Mumbai Saturday. The Assam govt reportedly spent Rs 20-30 crore on it out of its tourism budget.

Defence

Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Western & Eastern naval commands to merge into Peninsular Command, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Theatre commands, which will include personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force, will be rolled out by 2022, said General Bipin Rawat.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.