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Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar | Photo: ANI

No audience or visitors on sets, Aarogya Setu must — Centre’s SOP for film, TV production

I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar issues central guidelines Sunday, detailing the SOP for cast and crew as they begin shooting after the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Film development council to host online patriotic film festival from 7 August

The festival will go on until 21 August and stream movies free of cost. It is being organised as a part of the I&B Ministry's Independence Day Celebrations 2020.
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.
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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’.
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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.
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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.

On Camera

The victim's pyre burns amid heavy police presence in her village, Boolgarhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrintIndia

Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.