Wednesday, 1 December, 2021

Reel Take

The cast of Waqt | Twitter

Yash Chopra’s Waqt was the dazzling Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham of its time

Yash Chopra’s Waqt had it all: Family, love triangles, multiple stars, hit music and a courtroom.
Poster of the film Ankhen, 1968

Ankhen, India’s first big spy film had a Doctor, Madam, Captain, and of course, Lily

Ramanand Sagar's Ankhen was released in 1968, the year India’s spy agency RAW was formed.
A still from Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi | YouTube

Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi was a 1966 film, but it speaks to the crisis in journalism today

The film is based on the relationship between an editor and a proprietor, and is a love-triangle melodrama set around the newsroom.
A still from Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro | YouTube

Narendra Modi’s gutter remark makes one want to watch ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ again

The tragedy of India is that almost four decades later, we are still living inside that last iconic shot of the film.
Rishi Kapoor in Amar Akbar Anthony | YouTube

Amar Akbar Anthony is the perfect thematic prequel to Mulk

Rishi Kapoor’s Murad in Mulk is a four-decade-old version of the Akbar that he played in the 1977 multi-starrer minus the lightness.
Still from Jeevan Mrityu | YouTube

Jeevan Mrityu is the movie to see as India amends corruption act to protect civil servants

Jeevan Mrityu serves as a standard for cinema that strives to point out the disease of dishonesty. Four years after the UPA government was toppled over charges of multiple scams, the Indian Parliament is once again discussing the possibility of another scam with the opposition rallying against the NDA government. The Lok Sabha passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill in July which provides relief to bureaucrats but the debate about corruption rages on. In this political trade of allegations, proven or otherwise, individual reputation and credibility become the first casualty. It brings to mind Satyen Bose’s 1970 revenge drama Jeevan Mrityu, which released to tremendous success. Also read: Prevention of corruption law amended to protect bankers & former bureaucrats The story was about a bank manager who is falsely implicated in a case of embezzlement and sent to jail for seven years. A remake of the 1967 Uttam Kumar-starrer Bengali film, the title was a twin play on its philosophy as well as the plot. Dharmendra as...
Hindustan Ki Kasam | YouTube

As we celebrate Kargil victory, ‘Hindustan Ki Kasam’ reminds us not to caricature Pakistan

The film maintains a respectful dignity toward the enemy, a sentiment that is relevant in these hyper-nationalistic times.
Dharmendra in a still from 'Satyakam' | YouTube

Try watching ‘Satyakam’ in the age of post-truth, fake news and incorruptible leaders

Even five decades later, Satyakam is a reminder that moral beliefs, practised and not just spoken, come at incredible personal costs.

Haqeeqat’s grand battle sequences on 1962 India-China war are unmatched in cinema history

Ahead of Vijay Diwas, ThePrint looks back at Chetan Anand’s classic 'Haqeeqat', which remains India’s best war film.

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Indo- Bangladesh border

BSF is a boon for border populations. It can do much more than just protect them

Since 1965, the BSF has not only protected India's border areas with Pakistan and Bangladesh but also helped with internal security and development.
People at a market place in Ranchi | Bloomberg Photo

Recovery gathers pace: India’s Q2 GDP grows at 8.4% for fourth straight quarter of expansion

The second wave of Covid had forced states to impose fresh restrictions. However, the economy has now surpassed the pre-Covid level, according to data released by National Statistical Office.


BSF jawans | Representational Image |Flickr

West Bengal, Punjab govts’ apprehensions on BSF jurisdiction extension ‘ill-founded’: Centre

MoS Nityanand Rai said the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction would result in better & more effective control on trans-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.