India Insight

New venture hopes to bring dormant Indian plays to life

December 2, 2014

A new venture hopes to document and popularise Indian plays by turning them into movies. CinePlay, the brainchild of businessman Subodh Maskara, will film contemporary and older Indian plays, and make them available for viewing online as well as in cinemas.

Movie Review: Ungli

November 28, 2014

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 Rensil D’Silva’s “Ungli” (The Finger), about a gang of vigilantes who set out to right the wrongs in a rotting system, seems to take off from where “Rang De Basanti” (a film he co-wrote) ended. Young, angry and frustrated, four friends form a secret organisation that aims to get rid of every single pet peeve that the Indian urban middle class has – from corrupt government officials to errant rickshaw drivers and bribe-seeking traffic policemen.

Movie Review: Zed Plus

November 28, 2014

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One of the reasons whyA photo taken from the official Facebook page of "Zed Plus" Adil Hussain took the lead role in Director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi‘s “Zed Plus” (a play on ‘Z-plus security’, the highest level of security provided by the government to VIPs barring the prime minister) was that he felt it was a rare and sensible Bollywood script.

Forever21 sets sights on Indian cities, but please hold the hot pants

November 27, 2014

Reuters spoke to Timmy Sarna, managing director of DLF Brands, which runs the operations of “fast-fashion” clothing store Forever21 in India. Sarna discussed the recent opening of Forever21’s first store in Bangalore, why store shopping beats online shopping for now, and the company’s expansion plans for Hyderabad, Pune and other cities. (An earlier version of this interview contained a reference by Timmy Sarna to “,” which is not the correct website address. The correct site address is The India site is here.)

Photo Gallery – Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

November 27, 2014

In the 1960s, historian Geeti Sen visited Indian artist Jamini Roy’s workshop in what was then Calcutta to buy a painting for her father. Although she eventually picked up a Gopal Ghose, what struck her most about Roy was his accessibility.

A Minute With: Nandita Das

November 27, 2014

Nandita Das might be one of the few Indian actors known outside of India, but she isn’t sure that she wants to be identified as an actor. Currently on a four-month fellowship at Yale University, Das has myriad interests besides acting and directing, the latest of which is CinePlay, a new venture started by her husband, the industrialist Subodh Maskara.

Bollywood finally wants to pay the price for remakes

November 22, 2014

A cinema-goer asks for directions at the ticket counter of a PVR Multiplex in Mumbai

It’s hard to watch some Bollywood films without thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere before.” Certain scenes, certain plots seem awfully familiar. That’s because they came from other movies. The generous among us might say that the filmmakers are “inspired” or perhaps they’re making an “homage.” Others call it “lifting.”

Movie Review: Happy Ending

November 21, 2014

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Movie Review: Happy Ending Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. have delivered some quirky, fun films in the past. Last year’s zombie comedy “Go Goa Gone” and the smart “Shor in the City” brought freshness to the screen and made even actors like Tusshar Kapoor look good.

Bulgari CEO: we shouldn’t have left India so we’re back

November 20, 2014


Bulgari should never have left India three years ago, so it’s coming back, the chief executive of the Italian luxury jewellery and accessories company said in an interview on Thursday. Jean-Christophe Babin was in New Delhi on Thursday to attend the opening of the company’s flagship store in India.

India dashes Kardashian’s Bigg Boss plan

November 20, 2014


UPDATE: It’s not just gold imports that India is trying to curb. It looks like Kim Kardashian’s visit to India and her guest spot on the TV show “Bigg Boss” won’t happen after all. Reuters confirmed through two sources — who predictably enough didn’t want to be quoted — that the appearance on the Colors TV network programme has been cancelled because of a “visa issue”. We and other news sources don’t know what the problem was, but solving it became too hard because of her busy schedule, according to one of our sources. Kardashian’s tour to promote her new perfume, “Fleur Fatale,” or “Fatal Flower,” continues. The original post on her visit remains below.