Reel Take

A still from Sunghursh | YouTube

Superstar Dilip Kumar was the ‘Thug of Hindostan’ in 1968 hit film Sunghursh

If you are expecting a bandit-genre movie, Harnam Singh Rawail’s ‘Sunghursh’ is not it.
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam | YouTube

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam took on adultery way before Supreme Court did

Abrar Alvi’s 1962 film Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam made way for a fearless and gutsy Meena Kumari.
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...
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.

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.