India Insight

Aamir Khan’s recipe for India’s biggest blockbuster

January 9, 2014

In the weeks before the release of “Dhoom 3“, actor Aamir Khan got a message from his dentist, who was concerned that his patient’s new film wasn’t being promoted enough.

A Minute With: Aamir Khan on movie marketing

January 9, 2014

Dhoom 3”, the third instalment in India’s only action movie franchise, has become Bollywood’s highest-grossing film, raking in more than 5 billion rupees ($80 million) in global ticket sales.

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U.S.-India dispute: A diplomat and a double-standard laid bare

By Jonah Blank
January 8, 2014

(The following essay is commentary. The views of the author do not necessarily reflect those of Reuters)

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The return of the ugly American

By Shashi Tharoor
January 7, 2014

(This piece comes from Project Syndicate. The opinions expressed are the author's own)

Interview: BJP’s Harsh Vardhan slams AAP-Congress alliance in Delhi

January 6, 2014

By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal

India’s Congress party and the upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) entered an “unholy alliance” to share power in Delhi following state elections in the national capital, the chief ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said in an interview on Dec. 31.

Movie Review: Joe B Carvalho

January 3, 2014

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A contract killer with a schizophrenic personality; a woman who is blind but doesn’t know it; a police officer who spends more time in bikinis than catching criminals; and a detective who never shows any signs of intelligence — these are characters in Samir Tewari’s disaster of a movie “Mr Joe B Carvalho”.

Equity funds underperform Sensex for first time since 2008

January 3, 2014

India’s diversified equity mutual funds rose in 2013 but underperformed the broader markets for the first time in five years, as returns were dampened by the losses in the mid- and small-cap shares as well as financial companies.

Sensex performers in 2013: TCS surges 73 percent, Sun Pharma gains 54 percent

December 31, 2013

By Aditya Karla and Sankalp Phartiyal

The BSE Sensex ended 2013 with gains of 9 percent after hitting life highs during the year. The benchmark index touched an all-time high of 21,483.74 on Dec. 9 after falling to a 2013 low of 17,448.71 in August.

Bollywood actor Farooq Shaikh dies at 65

December 28, 2013

Farooq Shaikh, the actor who embodied Everyman in Hindi films of the 1980’s and portrayed many memorable characters on screen, died in Dubai on Saturday. He was 65.

The best (and worst) Bollywood films of 2013

December 28, 2013

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This was the year of the mega blockbuster in Bollywood. Box-office records were broken in 2013 as more and more audiences thronged into cinemas. It was also the year that Indian cinema celebrated a century of existence, cementing its place as one of the world’s most prolific film industries — one that thrives on its own audiences and talent, without having to borrow from elsewhere.