India Insight

from The Great Debate:

Is this film really so shocking that 1.3 billion people should never be allowed to see it?

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
March 6, 2015

Akshay Thakur, one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi

Akshay Thakur (top), one of the four men who were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a young woman on a bus last December, disembarks a police vehicle outside a court in New Delhi September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Society created Delhi gang rape convicts: Filmmaker Leslee Udwin

March 5, 2015

British filmmaker Udwin speaks during a news conference in New DelhiBritish filmmaker Leslee Udwin, whose documentary on the Delhi gang rape of 2012 received huge media coverage over a convict’s remarks blaming the victim, said society created the rapists by teaching them “what to think”.

Fifty Shades of Grey’s future gets greyer in India

March 4, 2015

Actors Johnson and Dornan arrive for screening at 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in BerlinIndian audiences might not be able to watch the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey”, even though its producer, Universal Pictures, cut all nudity and several sexually explicit scenes in the film before submitting it to the country’s censor board for review.

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

March 4, 2015

Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one that can swoop in and provide entertainment to a business bereft of new ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man.

India can become world’s fifth-largest economy by decade’s end: Jim O’Neill

March 3, 2015

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Chairman Jim O'Neill speaks during the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in LondonJim O’Neill, who coined the term BRICs to highlight emerging economic powerhouses Brazil, Russia, India and China, said India’s budget lacked a “wow” factor but was good enough to push the country on a path of 8 percent growth or more “for a long time”.

Movie Review: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

February 27, 2015

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

Sharat Katariya’s “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” (which roughly translates to “give it all you’ve got”) is one of those films that you have to pay close attention to if you want to enjoy it to the full. There is so much to like here – the attention to detail, the quirky characters; and you are likely to miss it if your attention wavers to your phone or your popcorn.

Movie Review: Ab Tak Chhappan 2

February 27, 2015

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

Shimit Amin’s “Ab Tak Chhappan” (“56 So Far”, which refers to the number of gangsters the protagonist has killed) was a slick film about an encounter cop with a heart of gold. Aejaz Gulab’s sequel to the 2004 police drama takes away all the good qualities but retains the film-making style of the original film’s producer Ram Gopal Varma – streaky shots, contorted camera angles, and ear-shattering background music.

Govt’s priority should be to kickstart economy: Ex-Infosys CFO Balakrishnan

By Reuters Staff
February 26, 2015

Workers are pictured beneath clocks displaying time zones in various parts of the world at an outsourcing centre in BangaloreFinance Minister Arun Jaitley has the tough task of balancing the need to boost spending and maintaining fiscal discipline when he presents the annual budget on Feb. 28. Former Infosys CFO V. Balakrishnan says the government’s main priority should be to revive the economy by loosening up its purse strings and the country could live with a “slightly higher fiscal deficit.”

Ecosystem for “Make in India” does not exist: Rajeev Karwal of Milagrow

By Reuters Staff
February 25, 2015

India's PM Modi gestures as Sitharaman, Minister of state for Commerce and Industry, Mishra, Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Geete, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, look on during the launch of 'Make in India' campaiThe upcoming budget is expected to give a boost to the government’s “Make in India” campaign, the centrepiece of PM Narendra Modi’s plan to create jobs and rejuvenate the economy. But Rajeev Karwal, founder of technology and consulting firm Milagrow, says the “ecosystem” to transform India into a manufacturing hub does not exist because of an absence of government support and incentives.

Budget 2015: Tax reforms on Bollywood wishlist

February 25, 2015

Bollywood is hoping that the Narendra Modi government will heed its long-standing demands for cuts on import duties and reforming the “archaic” entertainment tax at this year’s budget. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his first full-year budget on Feb. 28.