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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press conference in New Delhi, Augist 2019. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Govt to come up with SOP for film shoots in light of Covid-19 pandemic: Prakash Javadekar

The Minister of Information and Broadcasting said the govt is coming up with production incentives in sectors like TV serials, co-production, animation, gaming to accelerate restart of film-making.

Release of ‘Tenet’, ‘Wonder Woman’ delayed amid Covid concerns, extending movie drought

Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' was seen as the first major test of whether a blockbuster can attract audiences in a Covid-19 world.
A poster for Sarmad Khoosat's Zindagi Tamasha | Twitter

Pakistani Islamic group now goes after a film on a bearded man and Imran Khan caves

The Imran Khan government has all but surrendered to Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan by telling producer Sarmad Khoosat to delay release of ‘Zindagi Tamasha’.
An employee walks past a Amazon Prime Video art wall at the Amazon Inc. campus in Hyderabad | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Prime Video is playing the long game in India, while Netflix is leaning on Bollywood for help

Netflix India projects itself as a cutting edge platform. But all it has produced recently is Bard of Blood, Chopsticks and the lacklustre Ghost Stories.
Salman Khan's Bharat is the latest movie to be banned in Pakistan | Photo: BharatMovie2019/Facebook

Bollywood Khans not silent. They speak up through films – Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali to Chak De!

Deepika Padukone standing in solidarity with JNU students has made Indians question Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir over their silence. But look closely at their films.

Why it’s time to break up the Disney empire

Disney is willing to lose money in order to generate market power that the company can later use, often against consumers.
Parvathy Thiruvothu | Facebook

Why Bollywood needs a Parvathy Thiruvothu — an actress not afraid of the F-word

Parvathy Thirovothu called out Arjun Reddy’s misogyny on Film Companion, as Alia Bhatt fidgeted with her nails and Deepika Padukone made sure lipstick didn't stain her teeth.
A still from Article 15. | YouTube

Article 15 takes off on Badaun, Una cases, stirs debate on depiction of trauma in Bollywood

ThePrint speaks to filmmakers, victims' families and psychologists to understand why films on real-life traumas are made and their possible impact.
A VCR | Photo: Pixabay

CDs & DVDs killed the VCR — but not before it gave Indians Hollywood, porn and memories

The VCR had to die with the advent of CD and DVD players but it would always remain a small step in technology, but a giant leap for Indians.
Girish Karnad in Manthan. | YouTube

Girish Karnad, the prolific filmmaker and actor whose movies mirrored society

Some of Girish Karnad’s remarkable award-winning movies both as a director and actor are Vamsha Vriksha, Samskara, Nishant, Iqbal and Manthan.

On Camera

Indian Army personnel (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Indian Army’s NOC demand after Ekta Kapoor apology shows it’s ok only with pure praise

The Army seems to have joined a growing list of groups like the Karni Sena who want to control how they are depicted on screen.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.