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Poster of Shyam Benegal's Junoon | Wikipedia

Shashi Kapoor in Junoon is a masterclass in how to humanise an unlikeable man

Shyam Benegal’s historical drama based on a Ruskin Bond story brings together the very best of Hindi cinema.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Mujibur biopic offers Modi govt another chance to mend ties with Bangladesh

Ties between India and Bangladesh have been strained over the Modi government’s decision to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act.
mirch masala

Smita Patil — the ‘real’ woman Indian women could relate to

Intelligent, talented, and strong, Smita Patil proved to be a shining star in an industry that shames darkness.
Shyam Bengal, Ramachandra Guha, Konkona Sen Sharma

185 personalities condemn FIR against celebrities who wrote open letter to PM

In a different open letter, 185 people from 'cultural community' have questioned the FIR, asking if it was a ploy to misuse courts to silence citizen's voices.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Forhan’s, the toothpaste that took care of a generation’s pearly whites

A bitter toothpaste that left a generation of Indians with sweet memories.
Girish Karnad in a still from Manthan | Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.

In Manthan, Girish Karnad showed why change matters through the Amul story

Manthan is not a simplistic do-gooder story about rescuing a village with new ideas. The film is beautifully layered and had an outstanding cast.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

India will fund 40% of joint venture film on Bangladesh founder Mujibur Rahman

India will also co-produce with Bangladesh a documentary and radio show on the 1971 Liberation War, highlighting India’s role in Bangladesh’s freedom struggle.

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.