India Insight

Actor Sanjay Dutt released from prison

February 25, 2016

Sanjay Dutt, one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, walked out of prison on Thursday morning after serving the remainder of a five-year sentence for acquiring illegal guns from the men convicted for the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

Movie Review: Neerja

February 19, 2016

(This post was updated on Feb. 25 to clarify in the third paragraph that Saiwyn Quadras wrote “Mary Kom”, not “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”)

Movie Review: Fitoor

February 12, 2016

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For a film supposedly based on Charles Dickens‘ “Great Expectations“, director Abhishek Kapoor seems to have started reading the book before abandoning it halfway. Kapoor’s adaptation begins with the story of Pip, Estella and Miss Havisham, but tapers into a narrative about unrequited love, complete with a Bollywood ending.

Movie Review: Sanam Teri Kasam

February 5, 2016

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Sanam Teri Kasam” is Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru‘s second Bollywood film as directors and is the cinematic equivalent of pulling off a Band-Aid very, very, very slowly. Excruciating and never-ending.

Movie Review: Ghayal Once Again

February 5, 2016

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Twenty-six years after he first appeared on Indian movie screens as a revenge-seeking crazed man, Sunny Deol is back – more ghayal (injured) than ever.

INTERVIEW: Director Ram Madhvani on ‘Neerja’

February 5, 2016

Ram MadhvaniRam Madhvani took a 13-year break from movies. In the interim, he made award-winning commercials (including the Happy Dent gum ad), but efforts to do more in film didn’t work out.

Trending at #AutoExpo – green cars, compact SUVs, models without engines

February 5, 2016

India’s biggest auto show began this week in the suburbs of New Delhi. The event amounts to public relations, but is important for the 1,500 companies that show up, all of which want a piece of what likely will be the third-largest passenger car market by 2020. The new launches and displays also tell us what companies think are the latest consumer preferences and what the upcoming trends will be. Here’s what hot at Auto Expo 2016:

Movie Review: Mastizaade

January 29, 2016
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Handout photo from “Mastizaade”.

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Movie Review: Saala Khadoos

January 29, 2016

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With the exception of Shimit Amin‘s “Chak De! India“, which found the perfect balance of sports and drama, sports films in India such as “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Mary Kom” have often sacrificed sweat and grime for melodrama.

Q&A with actor R. Madhavan on ‘Saala Khadoos’

January 29, 2016
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Handout photo of R. Madhavan

For two years, R. Madhavan has worn braces on his teeth that he doesn’t need. The actor has worn them so that he can replicate a lisp like Mike Tyson for his role in the film “Saala Khadoos”, where he plays the mercurial coach of a young boxer from a fishing village in Chennai.