As Christie’s gets ready to hold its third art auction in Mumbai in December, the growing international appeal of Indian artworks is fuelling optimism about the country’s fledgling art market. Here’s why:
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If there is one thing to be said for Imtiaz Ali’s films, they are intensely personal statements. Whether you identify with his films or not mostly depends on whether your life experiences match those of his characters. If you’ve been slighted in love or had a long-distance relationship or missed a train, you are likely to show empathy. If not, he can be difficult to decipher – at least if his recent films are anything to go by.
In the 10 years or so since we last saw a Sooraj Barjatya film, the world according to Rajshri (his production house) seems to have changed, albeit superficially. The women are still coy and chaste, but dress up in western wear and have a semblance of a career. The men are still virtuous and patronising, but cloak the attitude in jokes about virginity and skinny-dipping.
Political disturbances and violence often shroud Kashmir’s big valley and the surrounding mountains, but beneath the clouds, India’s northernmost state also brims with stories about the crafts that have been practiced there for hundreds of years.
The Indian film industry finds itself unexpectedly swept up in a debate over growing religious intolerance that critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has failed to contain.
An Indian film about a pair of real-life star-crossed lovers has hit a raw nerve amid concerns over rising religious intolerance in the country.