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Lights, camera, caste – An Ambedkar photo made it to Bollywood after 38 yrs of independence

It took a J. Om Prakash film to acknowledge B.R. Ambedkar as being backdrop-worthy for Hindi films.
Actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty | Instagram

Sushant Singh Rajput’s father opposes Rhea Chakraborty’s FIR transfer plea in SC

K.K. Singh submits in an affidavit filed Saturday that Rhea Chakraborty's transfer plea should be dismissed as it had become infructuous after the case was entrusted to the CBI.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Picturpost, once the commuter’s favourite film magazine, is now a prized collector’s item

The pocket-sized film magazine featured actual movie posters as covers, which make it a prized possession for film enthusiasts these days.
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput | Wikimedia commons

Republic TV asks who killed Sushant, Aaj Tak grills Uma Bharti on her bhoomi pujan no-show

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Sushant Singh Rajput | Twitter

ABP News conducts dummy post-mortem of Rajput, on Zee News, questions about Lord Ram

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Shakeel Badayuni

5 songs to remember Shakeel Badayuni, who gave Hindi film music its best romantic poems

Shakeel Badayuni, the bard of love worked with the best of the best and delivered some of Hindi cinema’s most stirring love songs, in movies like Mighal-e-Azam and Chaudhvin Ka Chand.
File photo of actor Rhea Chakraborty | Wikimedia Commons

If your Bengali girlfriend knew ‘black magic’, she would erase misogyny, not waste it on you

The tragic death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput is now being used to target Bengali women.

Nepotism is key in musical gharanas too. But anger only for Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death put Bollywood’s nepotism in spotlight. But feudal sites with the power to break young careers have been the hallmark of classical gharanas too.
Sushant Singh Rajput | Twitter

Bollywood to politics to police, everyone has a ‘theory’ about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

Every day, there’s a new agency, a new politician and a new actor jumping into the drama surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, even as media and citizens conduct their own trial.
YouTube screengrab from the trailer of Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi review — an unlikeable heroine portrayed brilliantly but with too much drama

Based on the life of mathematician Shakuntala Devi, Amazon Prime Video’s new movie starring Vidya Balan has some great moments, but they don’t come together.

On Camera

Security forces at the site of an encounter last week that killed five personnel, including two Army officers, in Kashmir's Handwara | PTI

Kashmir policy can’t just be about Army flaunting the ‘kills’

Counter-terrrosim is not the main job of Indian Army and heavy deployment in such operations has led to a ‘Pakistan-centric thinking’, which is harmful.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt awaits RBI dividend but it won’t help plug revenue hole created by Covid

RBI board meeting Friday could announce the size of the annual transfer the central bank makes to the government.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.