India Insight

Movie Review: Calendar Girls

September 25, 2015

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Movie Review: Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon

September 25, 2015

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Courtroom drama, and a resignation, in India’s Oscar fight

September 23, 2015

Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court“, a multi-lingual film about India’s creaking judicial system, has been chosen as the country’s entry to the 2016 Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. But Wednesday’s announcement was marred by a jury member resigning minutes before the final vote and accusing committee chairman Amol Palekar of corruption.

Photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta’s homecoming

September 23, 2015
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He was no stranger to Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art. He spent several years in this Lutyens’ Delhi edifice because his father, a sculptor, was the gallery’s director. So it’s a homecoming of sorts for the museum to hold a retrospective of photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta, whose sudden death three years ago during an assignment shocked the art community.

The man who made a policeman – and a smashed typewriter – go viral

September 23, 2015

Ashutosh Tripathi was having breakfast at a Lucknow eatery when he spotted a policeman threatening vendors and workers outside a city post office. The photojournalist took out his camera and started clicking as the policeman smashed the typewriter of an elderly man.

Movie Review: Katti Batti

September 18, 2015

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Movie Review: Meeruthiya Gangsters

September 18, 2015

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In search of good roles, not stardom – Imran Khan

September 17, 2015

Seven years ago, Imran Khan was an up-and-coming star and touted as the next big thing in Bollywood. But his last three movies were box-office bombs and he dropped off the radar for several film-makers, losing projects he had already signed.

Bollywood’s ‘Talvar’ does a ‘Rashomon’ on Aarushi murder case

September 16, 2015
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One of India’s most sensational murder cases is at the centre of a new Bollywood film that attempts to deconstruct a crime that transfixed the country and dominated headlines for weeks.

Movie Review: Hero

September 11, 2015

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Handout still from "Hero"When Sajid Khan remade “Himmatwala” in 2013, actor Naseeruddin Shah said films that shouldn’t have been made in the first place are being remade. Subhash Ghai‘s “Hero” (1983) fits that mould. A one-toned and regressive film that looks good only through the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia, Nikhil Advani‘s remake does not even attempt to iron out flaws in the narrative.