India Insight

from Ankush Arora:

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.

Movie Review: Hawaizaada

January 30, 2015

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

At first glance, Vibhu Puri’sHawaizaada” (“Prince of the air”) looks like it’s been made from the leftover set pieces of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. You are treated to opulent mansions, cobbled streets and raindrops falling in slow motion. While they make for great visuals, they don’t really help the story.

Movie Review: Rahasya

January 30, 2015

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Manish Gupta’sRahasya” (mystery) might be in the news for being loosely based on the Aarushi Talwar double murder case, but other than a few cosmetic details, the film is more of an ode to “Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie.

Bowlers put pressure on team India, batting holds key in World Cup

January 28, 2015

The India cricket team’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has spent more time in the dressing room than the crease lately. The extended poor form of the left-hander, who saw a dream run with his batting back in 2013, is one of the major concerns as India embarks on a journey to defend their cricket world cup title.

India’s lone male tenor wants to ‘Indianise’ opera

January 27, 2015

Opera singer Anando Mukerjee discovered his love for music while listening to crooner Al Martino’s Here In My Heart on state-run All India Radio when he was 13. Now, he is India’s only male tenor performing on the international stage.

Movie Review: Baby

January 23, 2015

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As a rule, Bollywood can’t get its crime/espionage/action thrillers right. It’s either too much emotion, too many jingoistic statements or too many holes in the script. But wonder of wonders, Neeraj Pandey gets it right. Almost.

Shiv Sena stokes the anti-immigrant debate on celluloid

January 22, 2015

A new film that lionizes late right-wing leader and popular Mumbai politician Bal Thackeray and endorses his often divisive policies and philosophies looks ready to stoke more anti-immigrant feelings in the city.

Movie Review: Dolly ki Doli

January 22, 2015

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The best thing about Abhishek Dogra’s new film “Dolly ki Doli” is that it is all of 100 minutes long. Whatever flaws the script might have, whatever acting that goes haywire, goes by in such a flash that you don’t have time to dwell on it.

Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani is new censor board chief

January 19, 2015

Film producer Pahlaj Nihalani was on Monday appointed as head of the country’s censor panel, days after his predecessor Leela Samson quit after accusing the government of interference.

‘I am very disillusioned.’ India’s film censor quits over ‘MSG’

January 16, 2015

India’s film censor board chief Leela Samson quit her post on Friday after a government tribunal reversed the board’s decision to prevent the release of a film about a Sikh religious leader for portraying him as a god, which they fear could offend other Sikhs.