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A still from Mrinal Sen's Padatik | mrinalsen.org

Mrinal Sen’s Padatik, about dispirited Communists in 1970s Calcutta, is a tale of our times

Padatik is last in Mrinal Sen’s Calcutta trilogy, in which Communists are risking their lives for a cause that forever seems out of reach.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar’s Canadian roots go deeper — from campaigning for a PM to owning mansion there

Canadian daily National Post wrote that actor Akshay Kumar had once said Toronto is his home and he would go back to Canada after retiring from Bollywood.
Swara Bhaskar and Jignesh Mewani

Swara Bhasker says her politics has made her a ‘nuisance’ in Bollywood but she won’t stop now

Swara Bhasker makes jokes at the expense of PM Modi, and terms Pragya Singh Thakur a ‘Hindu terror suspect’.
A still from Naya Daur | BR Chopra

BR Chopra’s Naya Daur is still relevant for an India fighting age-old labour problems

Naya Daur remains a classic for it captured the lower income groups’ sentiment in the 1950s — not totally anti-machine, but wary enough.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Garden Vareli ads with three Miss Indias made the everyday saree a fashion statement

Top actresses and models – Namrata Shirodkar, Madhu Sapre, Aishwarya Rai and Lisa Ray – were a part of the ads, which gave the saree a new modern twist.
Bendre joins a growing tribe of celebrities who are shunning layers of secrecy and speaking out about their illnesses | Kamal Singh/PTI

Rishi Kapoor to Sharad Pawar: Why Bollywood wants to talk about cancer and politicians don’t

Indians don't seem particularly keen on politicians who wear their vulnerabilities on their starched kurta sleeves.

Balraj Sahni, the common man’s hero who told their story through cinema

On his 106th birth anniversary, ThePrint recounts Balraj Sahni, his illustrious career, life as a writer and activist & his cult movies.
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Zohra Sehgal, Bollywood’s favourite dadi who craved for attention as she thought she was ugly

On her birth anniversary, ThePrint remembers Zohra Sehgal, who straddled the worlds of theatres, films and dance with great success.

Why National Film Awards were delayed — spurt in politician biopics, divided industry

I&B ministry believes that with a divided industry, any award will spark controversy, could get Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to give away awards.  
Lalita Pawar in a still from Anand

Lalita Pawar, Hindi cinema’s favourite vamp, played a memorable positive role in Anand

In Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, which also stars Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan, Lalita Pawar plays a caring hospital matron.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.