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Tape is displayed on seats to implement safe distancing measures at a film theater in the PVR Icon cinema at the DLF Promenade Mall in New Delhi | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Bollywood seeks to move past Covid with Rs 1,000 crore film deal

Record label and Bollywood major T-Series, along with tycoon Anil Ambani’s Reliance Entertainment Ltd. have agreed to jointly develop more than 10 features over the next 36 months.
Illustration: Manisha Yadav

Salil Chowdhury — so much more than a Hindi-Bengali film music composer

Salil Chowdhury passed away on 5 September 1995, after a five-decade-long career in cinema, theatre and political activism. ThePrint looks back at his life.
Shailendra and Raj Kapoor | Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Shailendra — Everyman’s lyricist who turned into Raj Kapoor’s ‘Pushkin’

Shailendra's lyrics echoed the struggle & pain of poverty, but also held out a promise of love & hope for the future. He gave Raj Kapoor some of his biggest hits — ‘Awara hoon’ & ‘Mera joota hai Japani’.
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5 songs and 5 moods to remember Khayyam, Bollywood’s versatile music composer

The musical maestro did merely 57 films but his output was stellar and versatile. The songs of Kabhie Kabhie and Umrao Jaan are some of his timeless musical compositions. 
A view of the Wasseypur locality in Dhanbad | Photo: Soniya Agrawal | ThePrint

‘Outcast at school, rejected for marriage’ — Wasseypur can’t live down Anurag Kashyap’s classic

Wasseypur has had a notorious image for decades. But things reached a head with 2012 release of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, and the film continues to impact their lives, say residents.

Lines between south & Bollywood blurring, say Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, director Vishnu

At ThePrint 'Off the Cuff', Shershaah actors Sidharth Malhotra & Kiara Advani along with director Vishnu Varadhan talk about making an 'Army' movie, mental health during Covid, & OTT platforms.

Off The Cuff with Kiara Advani, Sidharth Malhotra & Vishu Vardhan

Watch actors Kiara Advani, Sidharth Malhotra and filmmaker Vishnu Vardhan in conversation with Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, News Editor Ruhi Tewari and Special Correspondent Apoorva Mandhani in #ThePrintOTC, where they talk about contemporary Hindi cinema and the potential for more experimental content, especially in the age of OTT platforms.
Illustration" Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Filmistan, studio that released many top grossing-films in 1940s-50s & then fell off the map

The production company was set up by Sashadhar Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar in 1943 and produced its last film in 1968. Today it functions only as a location for film shoots.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

When Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari played Romans in Bimal Roy’s 1958 film Yahudi

Yahudi, based on Agha Hashar Kashmiri's play, Yahudi Ki Ladki, brought together Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Sohrab Modi and Nasir Hussain.

SubscriberWrites: Tackling nepotism in politics is more important than Bollywood

Deepak Bharti writes that Bollywood has no accountability towards common people, unlike politicians whose activities affect daily lives.

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In Pakistan, no civilian govt won a battle with media. Last military govt also paid price

Going it alone on key policy fronts is a familiar aspect of PTI’s governance. This is what happened in the case of PMDA when no media stakeholder was consulted.

Sony India signs deal to buy Zee Entertainment, will own 53% of merged entity

Move came after Zee shareholders sought removal of key officials. However, Zee CEO Punit Goenka, whose removal was sought, will lead the merged entity.

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Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Chaudhari, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on 30 Sept, the defence ministry said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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