India Insight

Revisiting Bangladesh, 43 years after the independence war

December 23, 2014

The Colonel WhoWhen Indian-born journalist Salil Tripathi visited Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall in Bangladesh two years ago, he noticed an epitaph that had “PAKISTANI” etched in bold on a memorial dedicated to students who were killed in the 1971 war of independence.

2014: A year of leagues for Indian sports

December 23, 2014

Club owners and other league officials pose for a picture during the emblem-unveiling ceremony of Indian Super League in Mumbai August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

It rained sports leagues in India in an eventful 2014 that also saw the country’s cricket board join hands with Australia and England to take charge of the game’s administration.

Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV

December 19, 2014

Priyanka Chopra might be one of the most sought-after stars in India right now, but she has set her sights far away across the Atlantic. After cutting a single with rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL, and being signed on by the clothing brand Guess as their top model, the 32-year-old actress is all set to star in an American television series this fall, developed around her by the ABC TV network.

Movie Review: PK

December 19, 2014

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

First things first. All those guesses about who PK is were right after all. Aamir Khan’s bulging eyes, pointy ears and unblinking stares do mean that he is an alien from a planet far, far away, who lands on earth to “research” us human beings.

A Minute With: Rajkumar Hirani

December 17, 2014

A Minute With: Rajkumar HiraniKaran Johar calls him a legend and a genius, the only filmmaker in the country who is capable of achieving the perfect blend of commercial and meaningful cinema. But a laughing Rajkumar Hirani shrugs it all off. The 52-year-old, who is as big a brand as some of Bollywood’s A-list actors, is also one of the highest paid in the industry.

Russia’s ambassador to India: the quotable Alexander Kadakin

By Douglas Busvine
December 9, 2014

(Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming to India this week to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to discuss ways to improve relations. Moscow and New Delhi enjoyed warm ties during the days of the Soviet Union, when India was a member of a non-aligned bloc of nations. The friendship recently has become strained as India relies more on U.S. and French companies to meet its defence needs, something that chafes Russia as it deals with sanctions from western nations over Ukraine. Russia meanwhile has alarmed Indian public opinion with a recent visit by its defence minister to Pakistan. Russia’s ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a veteran diplomat first posted to New Delhi more than 40 years ago, discussed Putin’s visit at a press conference on Monday. Here are some of his remarks.

Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: Why men in India rape women

December 6, 2014

Demonstrators from All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the recent killings of two teenage girls, in New Delhi May 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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 more than a year ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

Movie Review: Action Jackson

December 5, 2014

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There’s a scene in the rock music mock documentary “This Is Spinal Tap” in which Christopher Guest, playing the brainless guitarist Nigel Tufnel, shows off his amps to a documentary filmmaker. One special amp, he says, is so loud that its dials don’t just go up to 10, they go to 11.

Movie Review: Sulemani Keeda

December 5, 2014

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Sulemani Keeda“Sulemani Keeda”, a slacker comedy about two struggling writers in Bollywood, seems like an inside joke that only a few people are let in on. Produced on a shoe-string budget, it almost seems like the director is describing his own struggling days through the film. And while it might be an engaging story, most people may not be able to relate to it.

Interview: Amin Jaffer of Christie’s on the art scene in India

December 3, 2014

India is falling behind China as an emerging powerhouse on the global art scene because it rarely turns up at international art fairs or invests in new museums to promote its artists, an official at auctioneer Christie’s said.