The hiptullha friendship between Manto and the actor Shyam

The celebrated writer and the 1940s movie star were thick friends before and after the Partition. Read more here.

Is Jane Austen spinning in her grave? Mission accomplished

The parody Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the latest, and most far-out, attempt to bring Jane Austen’s beloved novel to the screen. Read more here.

The other ghazal couple who lost out to Jagjit-Chitra Singh

Rajendra and Nina Mehta excelled in singing romantic ghazal duets. Read more here.

From The Revenant to Mad Max: why we all love a story of survival

The three films with the most Oscar nominations this year are all about battling terrifying odds. Read more here.

In documentary The Auction House, brothers make rival bids for the business

Ed Owles’s film on The Russell Exchange in Kolkata depicts family traders trying to hardsell their way into a new world. Read more here.