India Insight

Movie Review: Baaghi

April 29, 2016

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Sabbir Khan’s third film could have been easily called the Tiger Shroff showreel. Every second scene of “Baaghi” is a chance for Shroff to show off his rippling muscles and an incredibly flexible body that he manages to contort into all sorts of positions while fighting the bad guys.

Social media the new mantra for Indian gurus

April 28, 2016

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Followers of yoga guru Baba Ramdev in 2014 could be forgiven for mistaking him for a media executive. He was sitting on a stage in a big hall in New Delhi, prepping volunteers for India’s parliamentary election that April. He urged support for Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Narendra Modi, including what he called a “dharma war” that would rally troops on social media.

Movie Review: Laal Rang

April 22, 2016
Handout photo from the film "Lal Rang"

Handout photo from the film “Lal Rang”

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Movie Review: Nil Battey Sannata

April 22, 2016
Handout photo: Actor Swara Bhaskar in 'Nil Battey Sannata'

Handout photo: Actor Swara Bhaskar in “Nil Battey Sannata”

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Interview: Prakash Javadekar on India’s coal tax and climate change

April 20, 2016

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will travel this week to New York, where the United States, China and other leading economies will formally accede to the Paris climate change accord forged in December.

Q&A with Maneesh Sharma on ‘Fan’ and Shah Rukh Khan

April 15, 2016

Maneesh Sharma counts himself as a Shah Rukh Khan fan. He met the Bollywood superstar when he was a struggling screenwriter and dreamed of making a film about a fan obsessed with an actor. Nearly a decade later, Sharma’s film starring Khan in a double role as an actor and his lookalike fan opened in Indian cinemas on Friday.

Movie Review: Fan

April 15, 2016

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The Indian movie fan is a strange species. He will stand outside his favourite actor’s house for hours just to catch a glimpse. Others may bathe a life-size statue in milk. And some passionate folks give up every vestige of their lives to be known only as fans.

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: why rape happens in India

April 13, 2016

The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments a few years ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

Movie Review: Ki and Ka

April 1, 2016

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Siddharth Roy Kapur on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

March 30, 2016

Beauty and the Beast” will return to India this summer. The Broadway musical opened to sold-out shows in Mumbai and New Delhi last year, featuring an all-Indian cast and costing as much to produce as the average Bollywood movie.