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Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Majhli Didi is a family drama driven by strong women

Based on legendary Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's novel Mejdidi, the movie stars Meena Kumari and Lalita Pawar in a progressive take on adoption.
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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.
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Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi — the hit musical comedy that Kishore Kumar had hoped would flop

Even after more than 60 years, the movie is immensely watchable, thanks to easy-breezy comedy, great chemistry, Kishore Kumar's energy and S.D. Burman's tunes.

Pakeezah is that rare film whose making is as much of a story as the actual plot

Kamal Amrohi's Pakeezah took a decade-and-a-half to be made, but is now synonymous with its star, Meena Kumari, who died just after it finally released.
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Raat Akeli Hai review: Netflix’s Nawazuddin-Radhika Apte thriller checks all the right boxes

Honey Trehan's crime drama explores greed, corruption and the nexus between the police and the state. With an ensemble cast that delivers, this film would have dazzled on the big screen.
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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.

Dil Tera Deewana may have starred Shammi Kapoor, but the real hero was Mahmood

Mahmood's performance in a double role in this 1962 comedy is what holds the film together, even though Shammi Kapoor got all the songs.
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Rajesh Khanna’s Safar is a melancholy meditation on life, death, love and duty

Even before the more famous Anand, the superstar had perfected the role of a dying man who wants to spread joy, but Safar is far darker and less feel-good.
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Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Guru Dutt’s Muslim social that pioneered the bro code in Hindi films

A love triangle at heart, the movie provides a compelling look at Muslim life & male friendship, with exquisite music & cinematography.
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Aar Paar, Guru Dutt’s 1954 film that featured authentic, realistic dialogue by Abrar Alvi

Guru Dutt, Shyama, Shakila and Johnny Walker star in this noirish comedy-thriller with great tunes by O.P. Nayyar.

On Camera

An IAF An-32 aircraft on its inaugral landing at the Nyoma airfield in 2009 | Special arrangement

At Nyoma, how the IAF turned a sandy surface into a smooth landing ground for its An-32

Upon landing at Nyoma, the engines were kept running. After a well-deserved cup of tea, we were back in the skies, leaving behind a dust storm.
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Tata vs Mistry fight will now be over the value of Tata Sons’ shares

Focus of Tata-Mistry dispute could shift to what each party thinks is fair valuation of the stake, with court filings pegging it at more than Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Defence

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?