India Insight

INTERVIEW: Director Ram Madhvani on ‘Neerja’

February 5, 2016

Ram MadhvaniRam Madhvani took a 13-year break from movies. In the interim, he made award-winning commercials (including the Happy Dent gum ad), but efforts to do more in film didn’t work out.

Trending at #AutoExpo – green cars, compact SUVs, models without engines

February 5, 2016

India’s biggest auto show began this week in the suburbs of New Delhi. The event amounts to public relations, but is important for the 1,500 companies that show up, all of which want a piece of what likely will be the third-largest passenger car market by 2020. The new launches and displays also tell us what companies think are the latest consumer preferences and what the upcoming trends will be. Here’s what hot at Auto Expo 2016:

Movie Review: Mastizaade

January 29, 2016

Handout photo from “Mastizaade”.

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Movie Review: Saala Khadoos

January 29, 2016

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With the exception of Shimit Amin‘s “Chak De! India“, which found the perfect balance of sports and drama, sports films in India such as “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Mary Kom” have often sacrificed sweat and grime for melodrama.

Q&A with actor R. Madhavan on ‘Saala Khadoos’

January 29, 2016

Handout photo of R. Madhavan

For two years, R. Madhavan has worn braces on his teeth that he doesn’t need. The actor has worn them so that he can replicate a lisp like Mike Tyson for his role in the film “Saala Khadoos”, where he plays the mercurial coach of a young boxer from a fishing village in Chennai.

Movie Review: Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3

January 22, 2016

Kya Kool Hain Hum 3
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Movie Review: Airlift

January 22, 2016

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters) A still from "Airlift"

A still from “Airlift”

The sight of the tricolor unfurling before the victorious hero is one that has characterised many a Bollywood movie. And yet, very few manage to evoke genuine emotion even after resorting to lofty dialogue and (ear-shattering) patriotic background music.

Bollywood wakes up to real life in 2016

January 21, 2016

Cinema goers watch Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride), starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, inside Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai December 11, 2014. The movie, released in October 1995, has set a record of completing 1000 weeks of continuous screening at a cinema, a feat unmatched by any other Bollywood movies. According to Manoj Desai, owner of the theatre, the movie, which is still being screened, enjoys at least 50 to 60 percent occupancy on weekdays and full house on weekends at his theatre. The movie is screened only in the morning and the ticket price ranges from 15 to 20 Indian rupees ($0.24-$0.32). Picture taken December 11, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTR4HQDE

Bollywood, that perpetual dream peddler, is waking up to the allure of real-life stories. An Indian villager stuck in a Pakistani jail, a brave flight attendant, India’s cricket team captain, a wrestler who pushed his daughters to greatness – expect to watch films like these in theatres this year.

Raja Krishna Menon on ‘Airlift’, Akshay Kumar and the biggest human evacuation in history

January 21, 2016

Raja Krishna Menon grew up in Kerala, where politics is dinner table conversation and Che Guevara and Simon Bolivar are household names. The film-maker says this background not only drew him to the subject of his new film “Airlift”, but also helped him tell the story.

Q&A with Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

January 19, 2016

By Manoj Kumar and Douglas Busvine

India has every chance of becoming an export powerhouse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top economic adviser Arvind Panagariya told Reuters, despite an ill wind blowing from China that has hurt the ability of Asia’s third-largest economy to compete.