India Insight

Mahabharata retold, with a twist from writer Kiran Nagarkar

March 17, 2015

A ‘bedtime story’ is supposed to lull a baby to sleep. But Indian writer Kiran Nagarkar’s play of the same name is anything but sleep-inducing.

Photo Gallery: A festival for Delhi’s palates

March 16, 2015

It’s rather unappetizing to see an ambitious food festival getting little attention, especially when it brings together over a dozen food tents offering Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and northern and southern Indian foods.

Movie Review: NH10

March 13, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Handout still from the film “NH10”Navdeep Singh’s “NH10” is a brutal, often uncomfortable film that makes no attempt to sugarcoat its reality, or to ease its audience into the narrative. As in his earlier film, “Manorama Six Feet Under”, Singh examines the realities of living in an India that is far away from the lives that wealthy, urban Indians lead. Between the city and anarchy lies little more than a tollbooth.

Comedius Interruptus: Seinfeld organizer cancels show

March 13, 2015

Jerry Seinfeld will not perform in Mumbai. The organizer behind the stand-up comedian and television sitcom star’s live shows in Mumbai, scheduled for March 14 and 15, cancelled the events after the Mumbai police department expressed concern over the amount of parking spaces that organizers scheduled for the show, according to the group’s chief executive.

A Minute With: Anushka Sharma

March 12, 2015

Anushka Sharma might have spent less than a decade as a Bollywood high roller, but she’s become an adept juggler. Her relationship with cricketer Virat Kohli and her cosmetic surgery woes have kept her on the gossip pages. Meanwhile, she has been busy producing her first film.

From Kerala to Tanzania: a library of one’s own

By Anjali Rao Koppala
March 7, 2015

photo1Somy Solomon, wife, mother and social activist, is an Indian expatriate in rural Tanzania. It upset her that villagers would sell their farmland to construction companies at knockdown prices, unaware of its value. A lack of education, she says, is trapping local women and children into a life of slum living and domestic servitude.

from The Great Debate:

Is this film really so shocking that 1.3 billion people should never be allowed to see it?

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
March 6, 2015

Akshay Thakur, one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi

Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Society created Delhi gang rape convicts: Filmmaker Leslee Udwin

March 5, 2015

British filmmaker Udwin speaks during a news conference in New DelhiBritish filmmaker Leslee Udwin, whose documentary on the Delhi gang rape of 2012 received huge media coverage over a convict’s remarks blaming the victim, said society created the rapists by teaching them “what to think”.

Fifty Shades of Grey’s future gets greyer in India

March 4, 2015

Actors Johnson and Dornan arrive for screening at 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in BerlinIndian audiences might not be able to watch the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey”, even though its producer, Universal Pictures, cut all nudity and several sexually explicit scenes in the film before submitting it to the country’s censor board for review.

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

March 4, 2015

Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one that can swoop in and provide entertainment to a business bereft of new ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man.