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Daag, Yash Chopra’s debut as producer, broke the mould with its shades of bigamy

Starring Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore and Rakhee, the film was a daring choice for Yash Raj Films to debut with, but its massive success made it a risk worth taking.
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Feroz Khan’s Qurbani is stylish and sexy and doesn’t take itself too seriously

A high-octane action flick starring Feroz Khan, Zeenat Aman and Vinod Khanna, Qurbani was a smash hit in 1980 and is great fun even today.
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Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Majhli Didi is a family drama driven by strong women

Based on legendary Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Mejdidi, the movie stars Meena Kumari and Lalita Pawar in a progressive take on adoption.
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Ijaazat is a strangely poetic take on divorce that was rare in 1980s Hindi films

Naseeruddin Shah and Rekha's portrayal of a divorced couple in this Gulzar film is more loving and honest than many marriages that do last.
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Khel Khel Mein had Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh at their fresh-faced, adorable best

Ravi Tandon's 1975 movie was part college romance, part murder mystery. And it had great songs by RD Burman.
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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.

On Camera

US President Joe Biden speaks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 4 February, 2021. | Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo | EPA/Bloomberg

Sanctions on India over Russian S-400 will damage Biden’s goal in Indo-Pacific

A comparison of trajectories of India-Russia and India-US defence ties illustrates how India stands apart from Turkey on the applicability of CAATSA sanctions.

Here’s what LinkedIn is telling us about the hottest jobs of 2021

If you’re in the market for a new role, and you have the right skills for a position in e-commerce, healthcare, or digital content, you’re in luck.

Defence

Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. Y.K. Joshi | Image: ThePrint

India-Pakistan ceasefire pact won’t affect counter-terrorism operations in J&K, says Army

Lt Gen Y K Joshi said the northern command, which looks after J&K's security, remained on highest alert and achieved the impossible in the face of challenging situations along the borders.
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Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.