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Bawarchi — the Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic that humanised Bollywood’s first superstar

Rajesh Khanna, who delivered 17 hits in a row & had a fan following which included women who married his photos, was akin to a deity. Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Bawarchi made him more relatable.
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Gol Maal, with Amol Palekar & Utpal Dutt, was the perfect foil to the Angry Young Man

Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Gol Maal is a crazy romp that turns the classic trope of twin-themed movies on its head, and features a delightful cameo by Amitabh Bachchan.
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Vijeta is the war film with a difference that deserves a rewatch this Independence Day

Govind Nihalani’s gentle coming-of-age movie stars Shashi Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Rekha and some great footage of MiGs in the sky.
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Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi — the hit musical comedy that Kishore Kumar had hoped would flop

Even after more than 60 years, the movie is immensely watchable, thanks to easy-breezy comedy, great chemistry, Kishore Kumar's energy and S.D. Burman's tunes.

Pakeezah is that rare film whose making is as much of a story as the actual plot

Kamal Amrohi's Pakeezah took a decade-and-a-half to be made, but is now synonymous with its star, Meena Kumari, who died just after it finally released.

Dil Tera Deewana may have starred Shammi Kapoor, but the real hero was Mahmood

Mahmood's performance in a double role in this 1962 comedy is what holds the film together, even though Shammi Kapoor got all the songs.
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Rajesh Khanna’s Safar is a melancholy meditation on life, death, love and duty

Even before the more famous Anand, the superstar had perfected the role of a dying man who wants to spread joy, but Safar is far darker and less feel-good.
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Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Guru Dutt’s Muslim social that pioneered the bro code in Hindi films

A love triangle at heart, the movie provides a compelling look at Muslim life & male friendship, with exquisite music & cinematography.
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Aar Paar, Guru Dutt’s 1954 film that featured authentic, realistic dialogue by Abrar Alvi

Guru Dutt, Shyama, Shakila and Johnny Walker star in this noirish comedy-thriller with great tunes by O.P. Nayyar.
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Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom is as beautifully relatable as it was almost 40 years ago

Starring Naseeruddin Shah & Shabana Azmi, the movie features some of R.D. Burman and Gulzar's finest work, & three adorable kids.

On Camera

Rich farmers dominate farm protests in India. It’s happening since Charan Singh days

The agriculture sector, like large and medium industries of the Indian economy, also needs a well-organised industry representation.
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Why Titan is beginning to shine again after lockdown woes while other jewellers struggle

Titan is set to post best quarter in nearly 3 years as investors bet on recovery in demand ahead of festive season & economic slump weakens its competitors.

Defence

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Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
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Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.