India Insight

Movie Review: Sultan

July 6, 2016

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Interview: Tara Patkar on feeding the poor through ‘Roti Bank’

July 6, 2016

Photo taken from Tara Patkar’s Facebook page

“Roti Bank,” or “bread bank,” is a year-old effort to provide free food to needy people in the Mahoba district of the Bundelkhand region of India, a place that is suffering from a prolonged drought and a decreasing supply of subterranean water. Reuters spoke to Tara Patkar about how the programme works. Here are the edited excerpts of the interview:

A Ramadan away from home for Rohingya

July 5, 2016

Rohingya migrants gather near a cycle rickshaw to collect food being distributed before the iftar meal at a refugee camp in Shram Vihar, New Delhi. Photo by Himani Singh

Movie Review: Shorgul

July 1, 2016
Handout Photo: Actors Hiten Tejwani and Suha Gexen in "Shorgul"

Handout Photo: Actors Hiten Tejwani and Suha Gexen in “Shorgul”

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Movie Review: Raman Raghav 2.0

June 24, 2016

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In Anurag Kashyap’s “Raman Raghav 2.0”, a serial killer bludgeons three people to death. In the next scene, he saunters out with a smirk on his face and walks with an unmistakable swagger. The scene is shot in slow motion, and a punchy, upbeat song plays in the background.

Q&A with Anurag Kashyap on ‘Raman Raghav 2.0′

June 23, 2016

A year after the debacle of his big-ticket period drama “Bombay Velvet”, Anurag Kashyap is wooing Indian audiences with a modern-day take on a real-life Mumbai serial killer.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan in hot water over rape remark

June 21, 2016

Salman Khan, one of Bollywood’s most successful movie stars, prompted outrage in India after saying on Saturday that workout sessions for his latest film made him feel like a “raped woman”.

Movie Review: Udta Punjab

June 17, 2016

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In the dark of the night, a scooter splutters along a bumpy road. It stops and three men get off. One wears a sports jersey with ‘Pakistan’ printed on it and swivels his arms before flinging a packet across a barbed wire fence. That packet lands in a field in India’s Punjab and sets into motion events that form the crux of Abhishek Chaubey‘s “Udta Punjab“.

Movie Review: Dhanak

June 16, 2016

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Nagesh Kukunoor’s “Dhanak” (Rainbow) is a two-year-old film that is releasing in cinemas now after having done the rounds of festivals all over the world. The 106-minute film focuses on siblings Pari and Chotu, who live in a village in Rajasthan with their slacker of an uncle and a wicked aunt — a staple character in old Bollywood movies.

Movie Review: Te3n

June 10, 2016

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Ribhu Dasgupta‘s “Te3n” has an unmistakable “Kahaani” feel to it. Handout still from "Te3n"

Handout still from “Te3n”

It certainly has a lot of elements in common with Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 suspense thriller set in Kolkata. Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are in prominent roles, and Dasgupta uses a lot of the same motifs — crumbling houses, suspicious old men and the lonely bylanes of the old city. No surprise then that Ghosh is one of the producers of the film.