India Insight

Interview: Srinivasan Narayanan on the Mumbai Film Festival

October 11, 2013

The Mumbai Film Festival has the parts that its organisers need to make the show a big deal on the international film circuit: appearances by world-class directors such as Costa-Gavras and Oliver Stone, screenings of films like “The Social Network” and “The Fifth Estate,” and the backdrop of a city that is home to the world’s largest movie production business. And yet, it isn’t enough. Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan spoke to Reuters about his roadmap for the festival and the hurdles in his path.

Stamp collecting stages quiet comeback in India’s digital era

October 11, 2013

Rajjesh Mittal spends 20 minutes each morning placing bids for postage stamps on eBay. The IT entrepreneur began flirting with philately, or stamp collecting, two years ago, and has become such an ardent collector that he wants to demonstrate his love for postage by getting a tattoo of independent India’s first commemorative postmark.

Raj Kumar to play real-life lawyer after ‘Kai Po Che’ success

October 8, 2013

When Raj Kumar signed on for his first Bollywood acting role, the director asked him to lose weight. Kumar was fresh out of film school and determined to make it big, so he started running. And he’s been running for an hour each day since, come rain or shine, even on the notoriously congested roads of Mumbai.

Interview: Chidambaram on Modi, Rahul Gandhi and becoming PM

By Reuters Staff
October 8, 2013

By John Chalmers, Frank Jack Daniel and Manoj Kumar

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P. Chidambaram, now in his third stint as finance minister, spoke to Reuters about Narendra Modi and the 2014 elections in an interview on Monday ahead of a trip to the United States. Here are edited excerpts from the interview:

Interview: Chidambaram on the state of India’s economy

By Reuters Staff
October 8, 2013

By John Chalmers, Frank Jack Daniel and Manoj Kumar

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The Indian government will have to rein in spending and cut subsidies to meet its fiscal deficit target, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday, underlining that an austerity drive will not be blown off course by an election due next year.

Modi, Kejriwal become latest video game characters as developers focus on elections

October 4, 2013

Politicians are becoming the Super Mario Brothers equivalent for Indian video gamers as 2014 election fever starts to settle over the country.

Woody Allen stops “Blue Jasmine” India release because of anti-tobacco ads

October 3, 2013

(We have updated this post with a statement from Allen’s publicist)

Woody Allen’s latest movie “Blue Jasmine” will not debut in India this weekend after the filmmaker objected to anti-tobacco ads that the Indian government requires cinemas to play before and during movies that feature scenes with characters smoking.

Movie Review: Besharam

October 2, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Handout still from Besharam.Ranbir Kapoor is often hailed as the next big thing in Bollywood — a young star who knows what he is doing, chooses his scripts with care and delivers top-notch performances nearly all the time. If that is the case, Kapoor must have had a very bad day at work to say yes to “Besharam” (Shameless).

Wedding photographers in India beat economic gloom

October 1, 2013

Rising costs and a slowing economy haven’t darkened the mood of wedding photographers in India. More couples than ever are willing to spend thousands of rupees on photo albums, pre-wedding shoots and videos, allowing photographers to take a bigger slice of India’s $30 billion weddings business.

Meet Prakash Tilokani, the man who clicks India’s rich and famous

October 1, 2013

When Prakash Tilokani started taking pictures at the age of 16, he had no clue that one day he would be the man behind the lens at India Inc’s weddings.