India Insight

A Minute With: Varun Dhawan

February 16, 2015

In his first three films, Varun Dhawan showed off his muscles, danced to elaborately choreographed songs and wooed girls. But in “Badlapur”, a dark racy thriller that releases this week, the actor goes to the other extreme, playing a tortured man who seeks revenge against the man who killed his wife and son.

Movie Review: Roy

February 13, 2015

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Vikramjit Singh’s “Roy” is a beautiful film – at least on the outside. It has gorgeous locales, a lead cast that looks like a million bucks, and a couple of very hummable songs. But you know what they say about beauty.

India needs 10-15 years to roll out universal health plan: KPMG

February 13, 2015

India will struggle to become a global superpower without an efficient healthcare system, and would need 10 to 15 years to cover everyone under its ambitious universal health coverage programme, KPMG’s global health chief said.

Movie Review – MSG: The Messenger of God

February 13, 2015

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Watching most Bollywood movies calls for a healthy suspension of disbelief, but if you dare make the trip to see the wonder that is “MSG: The Messenger of God”, make sure to leave behind every ounce of common sense or sanity that you possess, and submit yourself to the events unfolding on screen.

Last chance for the Indian economy? Mihir Sharma explains

February 9, 2015

IMihir Sharman the history of India’s economic reforms, rhetoric has often proved to be a stronger force than substance. Scrutinizing The Indian Growth Story, a facile phrase casually tossed about by newsmakers and newswriters, reveals that. Historians, however, have documented the liberalization of the economy in 1991 — the pole around which the Story spins — furtively. A good chunk of Mihir S Sharma’s gripping first book, Restart, delves into the events of that hot summer of 1991: the colicking infancy of a reformist India and how a missed opportunity and internalised mistakes have plagued the economic agenda ever since.

Movie Review: Shamitabh

February 6, 2015

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Every director has his muse. Farah Khan has Shah Rukh Khan, Ayan Mukerji has Ranbir Kapoor, and R Balki has Amitabh Bachchan. The one actor they admire so much that, at times, their films are nothing more than a simpering tribute to their favourite artist.

A Minute With: Sriram Raghavan

February 6, 2015

Director Sriram Raghavan lives on the fringes of Bollywood, rarely making the scene unless he has a film about to come out. The film-maker is also unusual in that he has made two of the most underrated but slickest crime thrillers to come out of Bollywood in recent times, “Ek Hasina Thi” (“There Once Was a Beautiful Woman”) and “Johnny Gaddar”, while being inspired by, but never weighed down by the kitschy melodrama that most Bollywood thrillers are known for.

Guns, war and a dove – Sri Lanka looks for a new life

February 4, 2015

As Sri Lanka looks beyond Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the presidential elections, the island nation’s history of a bloody war has been retold as a reminder of a past that exists today.

Photo Gallery – Impressions from the India Art Fair

February 3, 2015

“No red wine here, please,” photographer Dayanita Singh said as a few visitors, including myself, walked into her booth holding glasses of red wine.

Auto-rickshaw apps help commuters breeze through Bengaluru

February 3, 2015

Many people know hautoow this one goes:

“Aa kade hogalla madam!” the auto-rickshaw driver shouted from across the road. It might sound unfamiliar in Kannada, but its English translation is all too common: “I’m not heading in that direction ma’am!”