India Insight

Alarm bells in Bollywood as ‘Bahubali’, Hollywood films reap box-office gold

July 28, 2015

A dubbed fantasy epic that charmed millions of Hindi-speaking moviegoers this month has startled the Indian film industry, with box-office analysts viewing the movie’s record-breaking run as a wake-up call for Bollywood.

Movie Review: Masaan

July 24, 2015

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Full-service airlines have room for growth in India – Vistara CFO

July 20, 2015

India’s aviation sector is dominated by low-cost carriers such as IndiGo and SpiceJet but Niyant Maru, chief financial officer of India’s newest airline Vistara, says there is room for growth in the full-service carrier segment as increasing prosperity leads to demand for quality in-flight services.

Movie Review: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

July 17, 2015

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Movie Review: Bahubali

July 10, 2015

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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.