Twitter feed on newspapers seen in Hindi movies is pure gold


With a cup of tea on the breakfast table, on the porch outside the house, or in a small tea stall on the street, Hindi cinema often featured someone engrossed in a newspaper while sipping his drink. It is either presented as a hobby or used to describe the revealing of important news to the main characters.

A Twitter thread recently showed a compilation of stills from old and new movies showing how newspapers were seen in Hindi cinema in the 1990s. “Newspapers as seen in Hindi movies. Some are dead, others still strong. And some are fictional. One thread,” read the tweet from user named Pragya Mohan.

The first image in the thread is of Shashi Kapoor holding the Dainik Paigham diary in his hands, from the 1963 film Ye Dil Kisko Doon. It is followed by a still from the 1973 film Aa Gale Lag Jaa, where veteran actor Om Prakash is seen reading the newspaper with child artist Kunal Kapoor leaning next to his chair.

The most recent of these examples is that of Dainik Jagran in the 2018 film Zero. The other is from the popular 1999 film Hum Saath Saath Hain, in which the late actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar can be seen holding the Hindi newspaper A to Z Politics while having his cup of tea.

The Tribune in Daag (1973), Navbharat Times in Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar (1973), Khiladi (1992), Baazigar (1993) and Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999), The Statesman and The Hindustan Times in Kanoon (1960), The Indian Express in Baton Baton Mein (1979) and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), The Times of India in Kasak (1992) and The Economic Times in Kachche Dhaage (1999) are some examples of newspapers seen in Hindi films, which are still released and going strong.

The tweet also features newspaper clippings with international coverage such as the New York Times in Pardes (1997). On the other hand, some of the diaries in these movies are completely fictional like The Crimes of India in the 1987 movie Mr. India.

The tweet has over 800 likes and is appreciated as an interesting read by users, some of whom also added more newspaper clippings featured in Hindi cinema in the comments section.

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