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Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur appointed as president of FTII and chairman of governing council

The 74-year-old filmmaker's appointment was announced by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
YouTube screengrab from the trailer of CatDog

FTII alumna, whose CatDog was only Indian film at Cannes 2020, now unsure of its future

Ashmita Guha Neogi's short film CatDog was chosen from more than 1,900 submissions for Cinéfondation Selection at Cannes that did not have a physical edition this year due to Covid.
Girish Karnad | ANI Photos

Girish Karnad’s last work was an unfinished autobiography in English

Acted in classics Manthan and Malgudi Days, Sahitya Akademi awardee Girish Karnad revisited historical figure in plays such as Tughlaq and Yayati from Mahabharata.
Ritwik Ghatak

Ritwik Ghatak, the celluloid rebel who used cinema as a political tool

Revolutionary filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak mirrored the pain of Bengal’s partition and refugee crisis through his famed trilogy, which began with Megha Dhaka Tara.
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Anupam Kher resigns as FTII chairman, cites other professional commitments

Anupam Kher, who needs to be in the US for a TV show, says he had told Smriti Irani about this commitment at the time of appointment as FTII chairman.
SD Burman with his son RD Burman | National Film Archive of India (NFAI)/Twitter

The only constant amidst changing circumstances and fortunes was SD Burman’s unfettered quest for perfectness in music

The legendary musician never shied away from experimenting with new shades of rhythms and was eternally resilient to constantly improve his compositions.

On Camera

Cyclists ride along the Venice Beach boardwalk on May 25.

Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

File photo of INS Kavaratti | Indian Navy

Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.