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Balu Mahendra, the filmmaker inspired by Pather Panchali, who changed South Indian movies

The Moondram Pirai maker gave South Indian audiences a break from gaudy films with realistic, visually uplifting stories.

Kaagaz Ke Phool is Guru Dutt’s masterclass in filmmaking and heartbreak

Guru Dutt's classic, tragic film is brought to life by subtle performances and dialogue, gorgeous camerawork and Kaifi Azmi's haunting lyrics.
Rishi Kapoor in Mulk | @MulkFilm/Facebook

Bobby, Karz, Mulk and more — Rishi Kapoor’s 10 best movies, from 1973 to 2018

From his hysteria-inducing debut in Bobby to his turn as the principled patriarch in Mulk, Rishi Kapoor's career spanned a glorious 47 years.
Manmohan Desai

The champion of masala films, Manmohan Desai made Bollywood what it is today

Blockbuster director Manmohan Desai's most successful collaborations were with Amitabh Bachchan, who remembers him as a creative genius and a humble star.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao | ThePrint

Akkineni Nageswara Rao: Nata Samrat of Telugu cinema, for whom every film was like a PhD

In a career spanning more than 250 films in 71 years and three languages, Akkineni Nageswara Rao did every kind of movie possible — from musical and mythology to drama.

Cinema writer with a golden touch, Abrar Alvi was lost in Guru Dutt’s shadow

Often reduced to being Guru Dutt's right-hand man, Abrar Alvi was a visionary writer of plays, screenplays and dialogues — and a director.
Ardeshir Irani | Commons

Ardeshir Irani, the father of Indian talkies who had many other milestones to his name

Ardeshir Irani's Alam Ara didn't just end India cinema's silent era but also set the song-and-dance template for the future.
Viju Khote dies

Veteran actor Viju Khote, best known for playing Kaalia in Sholay, dies

Viju Khote, who had a career spanning five decades, passed away Monday morning.
Film ads

Here’s how Indian films of the 1930s and 1940s used Gandhi in their ads

Gandhi watched one Hindi film in his lifetime & hated it. But Indian filmmakers of the time kept publicising their movies under the Mahatma’s name.
A still from Pyaasa | Guru Dutt/ Ultra Media & Entertainment

On Guru Dutt’s birth anniversary, a look at Pyaasa that continues to leave Indians in awe

Guru Dutt’s magnum opus – second only to Kaagaz Ke Phool – is the perfect example of art-house cinema marrying Bollywood.

On Camera

File photo | Natasha Narwal with her father Mahavir Narwal | By special arrangement

Tale of 2 Indian fathers — one who stands by his daughter in jail, another who disowned his

Natasha Narwal was arrested for ‘conspiring’ Delhi violence and Amulya Leona for saying ‘Hindustan Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad’. But how their dads reacted tells a lot about India today.
Representational image | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

All about Odisha’s new credit scheme for 7 lakh landless farmers, a ‘first’ in India

Under the ‘Balaram’ scheme, the Odisha government will provide credit worth Rs 1,040 crore to 7 lakh landless farmers in the next two years.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
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.