India Insight

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.

Movie Review: Housefull 3

June 3, 2016

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Watching the first “Housefull” film six years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine a movie with so much inanity could spawn not one, but two sequels and be called a film franchise. Thanks to the vagaries of the Indian film market and the mystery that is the Bollywood movie watcher, we are faced with “Housefull 3“, a film that should never have been made.

Q&A with composer Amit Trivedi on ‘Udta Punjab’

June 1, 2016

In nearly a decade of composing for Hindi films, Amit Trivedi has kept his music fresh and evolving. A self-confessed fan of A. R. Rahman, Trivedi’s scores for “Kai Po Che“, “Ishaqzaade” and Dev D have found him plenty of fans in Bollywood.

Breaking the invisible door at Aligarh Muslim University

June 1, 2016
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Members of “Why Loiter? – Aligarh” movement at the Café de Laila tea shop at Aligarh Muslim University.

Movie Review: Veerappan

May 27, 2016

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Handout photo of “Veerappan”

Ram Gopal Varma, whose skill sets as a director have plummeted drastically in the last few years, falls further into the abyss by bringing together a bunch of bad actors in “Veerappan” and egging them on towards even more mediocrity.