India Insight

Movie Review: Margarita, With a Straw

April 17, 2015

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

In Shonali Bose’s “Margarita, With a Straw”, there is a scene towards the end where the unraveling of a relationship is captured faithfully by the camera – there are accusations of betrayal, tears over what could have been, and frantic declarations of love. It is to Bose’s credit that in spite of the fact that it involves two women who are both disabled, she treats it in the same way that most films would treat a scene of this nature involving a heterosexual, abled couple.

100 ‘smart cities’? Getting just one done will be a challenge

April 15, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to build 100 “smart cities” by 2022 to decongest existing urban centres probably will take longer to achieve. Reuters visited the foundations of one of these cities in Gujarat, a finance centre called Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT).

Rafale deal an unmitigated disaster – Bharat Karnad of CPR

By Reuters Staff
April 13, 2015

Rafale fighter jet performs during the Aero India air show at Yelahanka air base in BengaluruIndia has ordered 36 “ready-to-fly” French-made Rafale fighter jets to modernise the country’s ageing warplane fleet. But Bharat Karnad, a research professor at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, said the deal with French manufacturer Dassault Aviation is a disaster that will not meet the immediate needs of India’s air force.

Movie Review: Dharam Sankat Mein

April 10, 2015

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If Fuwad Khan’s “Dharam Sankat Mein” is any indication, Bollywood is in the midst of a theological crossroads. It certainly is debating the idea of God with more fervour than before.

Repo cut of 25-50 bps likely by September – Shubhada Rao of Yes Bank

By Reuters Staff
April 8, 2015

The Reserve Bank of India kept interest rates unchanged in its bi-monthly review on Tuesday, waiting to assess inflationary pressures and giving banks time to reflect on the central bank’s previous cuts in lending rates.

Movie Review: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

April 3, 2015

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If beauty is skin-deep, then Dibakar Banerjee’s re-telling of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s detective series set in 1943 Calcutta (now Kolkata) is beautiful.  Right from the costumes to the set design, everything is period-perfect. But the attention to detail never translates into atmosphere – that elusive element that makes for a successful whodunit film. The intrigue that is suggested through dialogue never turns into an edge-of-the-seat mystery, thanks to a shallow plot.

Interview: Sushant Singh Rajput talks about “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”

April 2, 2015

“Please don’t ask me about my process. Are you going to ask me about my process?” Sushant Singh Rajput asks as soon I switch on my recorder. The 29-year-old actor is in the middle of hectic promotions for his movie “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”, and has obviously given one too many interviews.

It was me, says Salman Khan’s driver in hit-and-run

March 30, 2015

Bollywood actor Salman Khan reacts on the green carpet in ColomboActor Salman Khan’s defence in a decade-old hit-and-run case got a significant boost on Monday after his driver testified in court that it was he, and not the Bollywood star, who was behind the wheel of an SUV that ran over people in 2002.

Indian designers will create new products for online shoppers: Amazon India fashion head

March 26, 2015

vikas_sunilWhen Amazon India launched its fashion section in October last year, many called it a late entry in a market dominated by Flipkart-owned Myntra and Jabong. Three months down the line, the American online retail giant has registered a 300 percent growth in apparel sales and fashion has become one of its top three segments in India.

Courtroom drama gets top prize at National Film Awards

March 24, 2015

court-posterA multi-lingual film that chronicles the flaws in India’s notoriously slow judicial system and its effect on ordinary citizens won the top prize at the 62nd National Film Awards.