India Insight

Telugu cinema’s “hit-machine” Rajamouli comes to Bollywood

July 8, 2015

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The hero of S.S. Rajamouli’s most recent film was a fly – a garish, computer generated pink fly which caused traffic accidents and blew up houses. “Eega” (Fly), which initially released in Telugu and later dubbed as “Makkhi” in Hindi, was one of the most successful films of 2013, breaking all records in the Telugu film industry and gathering quite a decent amount for the Hindi version as well.

Why Kiran Rao wants to focus on Indian cinema rather than international films at Mumbai festival

July 6, 2015

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For an event that once made little impact on the international circuit, the Mumbai Film Festival has come a long way. Last year, after the main sponsor Reliance Entertainment pulled out, the festival relied on contributions from individuals. This year, after a revamp and the addition of a new sponsor (the other Reliance, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries), the festival seems to be on firmer footing. Re-christened Jio MAMI (after the Reliance brand which is the main sponsor), the festival has a new committee and a new chairperson – film-maker Kiran Rao.

Movie Review: Guddu Rangeela

July 3, 2015

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Subhash Kapoor’s “Guddu Rangeela” is one of those films that are middling, unremarkable, and trivialize a serious matter.

Amid journalists’ killings, India’s press body chief says it needs more powers

June 26, 2015

Two journalists in India died this month after being set on fire. In the first case, Jagendra Singh, a freelance journalist from the Shahjahanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly set on fire for his reporting. Police have registered a murder case against several officers, other men and state dairy development minister Ram Murti Singh Verma.

Myntra: There’s life after the desktop

June 26, 2015

Myntra, India’s biggest online fashion retailer, made a big decision in May to shut its website and rely only on its app. The question was whether they could make a leap like that without hurting revenue and losing customers. They have made that leap, said Prasad Kompalli, head of Myntra’s e-commerce platform.

A Minute With: Kareena Kapoor Khan

June 24, 2015

Kareena Kapoor belongs to Bollywood royalty. The Kapoor family tree has produced some of India’s biggest actors and stars, but the actress and her sister Karisma were the first women from the family to act. In her 16 years in the business, Kapoor has shown natural talent that few of her peers can claim. Often, she doesn’t showcase that talent, and instead appears in films that have big-ticket male stars and where leading ladies are reduced to damsels in distress.

Transgenders search for identity and a bank account in India

June 22, 2015

When Balasubramaniam went to the bank to open a savings account, she had to say she was a man.

Movie Review: ABCD 2

June 19, 2015
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India’s patent regime should not change – Cipla CEO

June 17, 2015

By Zeba Siddiqui

Cipla Ltd, founded in 1935 by scientist Khwaja Abdul Hamied, is among India’s oldest pharmaceutical companies. But it made it to the global stage only in 2001, when Hamied’s son offered to make AIDS drugs for less than $1 a day, much to the chagrin of Western multinational firms charging four times that.

Movie Review: Hamari Adhuri Kahani

June 12, 2015

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Director Mohit Suri’s “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” (“Our Incomplete Story”) is the story of Vasudha Prasad (Vidya Balan), a single mother who works as a florist in a Mumbai hotel. Her husband Hari (Rajkummar Rao) has been missing for five years.