India Insight

A Minute With: Farah Khan on ‘Happy New Year’

November 7, 2014

Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/HappyNewYear Farah Khan’s film “Happy New Year” is a rare Bollywood blockbuster directed by a woman. The film set an opening-day box office record for movies in India.

Movie Review: The Shaukeens

November 7, 2014

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In Abhishek Sharma’s version of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 comedy “Shaukeen”, three old men looking for a weekend of fun with a young woman turn it into a sleaze-fest by leering at every female on the street and drooling over sexy female bodies.

A Minute With: Parineeti Chopra

November 6, 2014

For someone who stumbled into acting by chance, Parineeti Chopra has done rather well for herself. The 26-year-old caught people’s attention in her debut film “Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl”, and was hailed by several critics as the next big thing. But things have fizzled out since then, and after her last film “Daawat-e-Ishq” failed to make a mark at the box office, Chopra was panned for repeating herself. Her latest film is Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil, an action film in which she stars alongside Ranveer Singh and Govinda.

Sensex breaches 28,000, but BHEL, Tata Steel still down from life highs

November 5, 2014

The BSE Sensex surged to a fourth straight life high on Wednesday, breaching the psychologically important 28,000 mark as banking shares continued their rally on hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Movie Review: Super Nani

October 31, 2014

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Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie www.facebook.com/SuperNaniMovie Indra Kumar must have a time machine. How else do you explain him making a movie that takes us all back to the dark ages?

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

October 30, 2014

Demonstrators from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the recent killings of two teenage girls, in New Delhi May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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 more than a year ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

Movie Review: Happy New Year

October 24, 2014

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A still from the movie "Happy new year"If there is one person who loves Shah Rukh Khan more than Shah Rukh Khan, it has to be Farah Khan. Right from her first film, the director has been enamoured with the Bollywood star – at least on screen. It isn’t a surprise that the biggest dud in her career was a film that didn’t include the actor (Tees Maar Khan).

“Margarita, with a Straw”: dissolving hatred of homosexuals in India

October 24, 2014

Modern India is walking slowly towards a general acceptance of homosexuals and lesbians. Shonali Bose in her new film, “Margarita, With a Straw,” tries to pick up the pace. The film, which premiered and won the NETPAC award at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, is about a teenager with cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality, much to the horror of her middle-class, conservative mother.

Kalki Koechlin on her role as a disabled girl in “Margarita, With a Straw”

October 24, 2014

Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaWithAStraw  Kalki Koechlin is one of the few actresses in recent years to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream Indian cinema. Last year, she played what many would consider a side role in one of Bollywood’s biggest romantic movies, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, decked in designer, slinky outfits and danced to peppy dance numbers.

Movie Review: ‘Sonali Cable’

October 17, 2014

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Handout picture from the movie "Sonali Cable"Charudutt Acharya’s “Sonali Cable” telegraphs its intention in the title: it’s a communications movie, focusing on the Internet, that part of Indian urban life that has become indispensable to the growing ranks of India’s middle class. Grandparents use it to speak to their grandchildren living a continent away, bored housewives surf for erotica, and pot-bellied businessmen use it to run their businesses from home.