India Insight

Arvind Gupta, BJP IT cell head, on party’s social media plans

September 25, 2013

By Aditya Kalra and David Lalmalsawma

Political parties in India are relying more on social media ahead of the 2014 election as a way of increasing voter support, even though politicians in general do not expect such efforts to significantly influence election results.

Gujarati film ‘The Good Road’ is India’s Oscar entry

September 21, 2013

The Good Road”, a Gujarati-language film, has been chosen as India’s entry to the 2014 Oscars, stealing attention from a critically acclaimed love story that was screened at the Cannes film festival this year.

Crowd-funded film ‘Lucia’ depended on the kindness of strangers

September 20, 2013

When filmmaker Pawan Kumar wrote an anguished blog post about not having enough money to make a movie, he didn’t expect hundreds of strangers to lend him their savings, no questions asked.

Movie Review: The Lunchbox

September 20, 2013

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Movie Review: Phata Poster Nikhla Hero

September 20, 2013

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

Rajkumar Santoshi‘s “Phata Poster Nikhla Hero” unapologetically harks back to Bollywood of the 80s. The characters include the upright mother, the loyal son and the air-headed but charming leading lady. Don’t forget the goofy humour, and the good vs evil fight.

Markets this week: Sensex gains 2.7 percent, Maruti surges 11 percent

By Reuters Staff
September 19, 2013

By Ankush Arora and Sankalp Phartiyal

The BSE Sensex rose 2.7 percent in the week ending September 20, as foreign inflows and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s surprise decision to continue with its bond-buying programme boosted market sentiment.

Delhi shaped South Asia’s Muslim identity, Pakistani author says

September 18, 2013

Raza Rumi is based in Lahore, but the public policy specialist and Friday Times editor’s new book is based in another milieu entirely. “Delhi by heart” is a kind of travelogue about a city that is the source of a shared heritage that spans hundreds of years.

Banking stocks surge in September; analysts cautious

September 18, 2013

After falling for four consecutive months, India’s banking stocks have surged in September on value buying and recent measures announced by the new Reserve Bank of India chief, but analysts remain cautious.

Interview: India has a lot to offer in terms of Twitter stories – Twittamentary director

September 13, 2013

Two Indian social media consultants, Avinash Kalla and Bhaskar Pant, plan to release “Twittamentary India”, a film made in collaboration with Singapore-based documentary filmmaker Tan Siok Siok. Like Siok’s 2012 original “Twittamentary”, the new film will take a look at the Twitter community with the help of people on the social media website. “Twittamentary India” will explore the interactions that politicians, journalists and ordinary people have on Twitter in the country.

Markets this week: Sensex gains 2.4 percent; L&T, Tata Power surge

September 13, 2013

September is turning out to be a good month for Indian shares, as key stock indexes extended gains in the last four sessions. Monday was a market holiday.