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'The Disciple' triumphs despite pandemic

Indian director's latest film wins international acclaim amid cinema shutdown

A still from "The Disciple," which this year became the first cinematic work from India selected for the main competition at the Venice Film Festival since 2006. The movie won the award for best screenplay at the festival. (Courtesy of Zoo Entertainment)

MUMBAI -- It is hard to believe, but movie theaters are closed all over India -- the country that produces more films than any other. Thanks to the pluck and integrity of two relative newcomers, though, a landmark in Indian cinema has been achieved in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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