India Insight

A Minute With: Sriram Raghavan

February 6, 2015

Director Sriram Raghavan lives on the fringes of Bollywood, rarely making the scene unless he has a film about to come out. The film-maker is also unusual in that he has made two of the most underrated but slickest crime thrillers to come out of Bollywood in recent times, “Ek Hasina Thi” (“There Once Was a Beautiful Woman”) and “Johnny Gaddar”, while being inspired by, but never weighed down by the kitschy melodrama that most Bollywood thrillers are known for.

Guns, war and a dove – Sri Lanka looks for a new life

February 4, 2015

As Sri Lanka looks beyond Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat in the presidential elections, the island nation’s history of a bloody war has been retold as a reminder of a past that exists today.

Photo Gallery – Impressions from the India Art Fair

February 3, 2015

“No red wine here, please,” photographer Dayanita Singh said as a few visitors, including myself, walked into her booth holding glasses of red wine.

Auto-rickshaw apps help commuters breeze through Bengaluru

By Anup Oommen
February 3, 2015

Many people know hautoow this one goes:

“Aa kade hogalla madam!” the auto-rickshaw driver shouted from across the road. It might sound unfamiliar in Kannada, but its English translation is all too common: “I’m not heading in that direction ma’am!”

Cheap MPV may not be the + Datsun needs to GO ahead in India

February 3, 2015

Datsun GO+ is seen in a car showroom in Noida on the outskirts of Delhi. Pciture by Sankalp PhartiyalNissan Motor Co Ltd hopes to boost its low-cost Datsun car brand in India with a new compact multi-purpose vehicle, or MPV, but the Japanese automaker might need to make inroads into smaller cities and the countryside if it wants to revive sales.

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Photo Gallery – Impressions from the India Art Fair

February 3, 2015

“No red wine here, please,” photographer Dayanita Singh said as a few visitors, including myself, walked into her booth holding glasses of red wine.

Movie Review: Hawaizaada

January 30, 2015

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

At first glance, Vibhu Puri’sHawaizaada” (“Prince of the air”) looks like it’s been made from the leftover set pieces of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. You are treated to opulent mansions, cobbled streets and raindrops falling in slow motion. While they make for great visuals, they don’t really help the story.

Movie Review: Rahasya

January 30, 2015

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

Manish Gupta’sRahasya” (mystery) might be in the news for being loosely based on the Aarushi Talwar double murder case, but other than a few cosmetic details, the film is more of an ode to “Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie.

Bowlers put pressure on team India, batting holds key in World Cup

January 28, 2015

The India cricket team’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has spent more time in the dressing room than the crease lately. The extended poor form of the left-hander, who saw a dream run with his batting back in 2013, is one of the major concerns as India embarks on a journey to defend their cricket world cup title.

India’s lone male tenor wants to ‘Indianise’ opera

January 27, 2015

Opera singer Anando Mukerjee discovered his love for music while listening to crooner Al Martino’s Here In My Heart on state-run All India Radio when he was 13. Now, he is India’s only male tenor performing on the international stage.