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Jamsetjee Framjee Madon | Niyogi Books | Prochy N. Mehta

Jamsetjee Framjee Madon — a pioneer of Indian cinema and champion of Calcutta’s poor Parsis

In Pioneering Parsis of Calcutta, Prochy N. Mehta chronicles the little-known lives of the first Parsis who came to the city during British rule.
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Rajendra ‘Jubilee’ Kumar’s lonely years: ‘I helped all those I could. Where are they today?’

In Jubilee Kumar, Seema Sonik Alimchand writes about the life of one of Bollywood’s biggest superstars and the year he almost had no films.
Parasite director Bong Joon Ho |

Oscar-nominated ‘Parasite’ signals global rise of South Korean films

Parasite, a black comedy thriller by Bong Joon-ho, has amassed a box office revenue of US$137 million already.
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Smita Patil — the ‘real’ woman Indian women could relate to

Intelligent, talented, and strong, Smita Patil proved to be a shining star in an industry that shames darkness.
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Netflix, Amazon Prime series are not against cinema. They have just repackaged it

In a world where visual media is being increasingly viewed on phones and laptops rather than in actual cinemas or on TV sets, perhaps the terms “cinema” and “television” no longer even make sense.
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Uttam Kumar — the ‘mahanayak’ who defined Bengali cinema for three decades

Doyen of Bengali cinema Uttam Kumar has over 200 films to his credit. He was an extremely charming and intelligent man, who lived life on his own terms.
Zoya Akhtar

With Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar is no longer the princess of posh people’s pain

From Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do to Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar is now a chronicler of deep class divide and a poet of possibilities.
A cinema hall in India

Modi govt’s showbiz push: Plans afoot to boost screens and film industry in India

Film industry is an important element of India's soft power, and the sector contributes significantly to the economy — including providing employment opportunities.

Lagaan to Dhadak: Bollywood has a Dalit problem and it refuses to fix it

Hollywood has begun to address the issue of diversity but Hindi films continue to fare poorly on representation of caste.

Three Bollywood movies that revealed the complexity of being an Indian Muslim in 2018

In Manto, Mulk and Kedarnath, Bollywood’s Muslims learn to live dangerously.

On Camera

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

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No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.