India Insight

Movie Review: Nil Battey Sannata

April 22, 2016
Handout photo: Actor Swara Bhaskar in 'Nil Battey Sannata'

Handout photo: Actor Swara Bhaskar in “Nil Battey Sannata”

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Interview: Prakash Javadekar on India’s coal tax and climate change

April 20, 2016

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will travel this week to New York, where the United States, China and other leading economies will formally accede to the Paris climate change accord forged in December.

Q&A with Maneesh Sharma on ‘Fan’ and Shah Rukh Khan

April 15, 2016

Maneesh Sharma counts himself as a Shah Rukh Khan fan. He met the Bollywood superstar when he was a struggling screenwriter and dreamed of making a film about a fan obsessed with an actor. Nearly a decade later, Sharma’s film starring Khan in a double role as an actor and his lookalike fan opened in Indian cinemas on Friday.

Movie Review: Fan

April 15, 2016

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The Indian movie fan is a strange species. He will stand outside his favourite actor’s house for hours just to catch a glimpse. Others may bathe a life-size statue in milk. And some passionate folks give up every vestige of their lives to be known only as fans.

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: why rape happens in India

April 13, 2016

The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments a few years ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

Movie Review: Ki and Ka

April 1, 2016

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Siddharth Roy Kapur on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

March 30, 2016

Beauty and the Beast” will return to India this summer. The Broadway musical opened to sold-out shows in Mumbai and New Delhi last year, featuring an all-Indian cast and costing as much to produce as the average Bollywood movie.

‘Baahubali’ prevails, Bollywood wins big at National Film Awards

March 28, 2016

A fantasy epic billed as India’s most expensive movie was named the best film of 2015 at the National Awards, while Bollywood swept the acting and directing honours in a rare triumph for the Hindi film industry.

Movie Review: Rocky Handsome

March 24, 2016
Handout Photo from the film "Rocky Handsome"

Handout Photo from the film “Rocky Handsome”

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Movie Review: Kapoor and Sons

March 18, 2016

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Shakun Batra‘s “Kapoor and Sons” is a beautifully shot, perfectly airbrushed family drama set in the hill station of Coonoor in southern India. The word ‘dysfunctional’ has made its way to the publicity material for the film, but film-maker Batra’s version of dysfunctional is superficial at best, almost as if he is afraid of getting his hands too dirty and sullying the near perfect visage of his film.