Cinema

Harking back to a cherished culture

Print edition : September 01, 2017

A scene from Bimal Roy's "Devdas" with Dilip Kumar in the title role and Suchitra Sen as Paro.

Raj Kapoor and Nargis.

Balraj Sahni and Nirupa Roy in Bimal Roy's "Do Bigha Zameen".

Bimal Roy.

V. Shantaram won the Golden Globe award for "Do Ankhen Barah Haath" (1957).

V. Shantaran sought to portray his pride in India's past in "Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje".

V. Shantaram.

Shabana Azmi in "Ankur" (1974), directed by Shyam Benegal.

Smita Patil in "Nishant" (1975), directed by Shyam Benegal.

Shyam Benegal.

Guru Dutt.

Mrinal Sen. Photo: SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH

Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore in "Aradhana".

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri in "Zanjeer".

Zeenat Aman in "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" (1978).

Amjad Khan and Sanjeev Kumar in "Sholay".

Pran.

Aamir Khan in "Taare Zameen Par".

Shah Rukh Khan in "Chak de India" (2007).

Salman Khan in "Maine Pyar Kiya".

Irfan Khan in "Lunch Box" (2013).

Hrithik Roshan in "Mohenjo Daro" (2016).

A still from "Lipstick Under my Burkha" (2017).

Hindi cinema is gradually being reduced to a handmaiden of the ruling dispensation. If in the years after Independence it worked as a glue to unite the nation, today it is in danger of exacerbating the social divide.
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