India Insight

Working out the hard way in Delhi

November 2, 2015

Bollywood has manufactured plenty of muscle-bound heroes in the past decades, but don’t look for their images on the walls of the rusty, dimly lit gymnasiums in Delhi’s lower-middle-class neighbourhoods. Arnold Schwarzenegger claims that space.

Movie Review: Main Aur Charles

October 30, 2015

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Movie Review: Titli

October 30, 2015

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Indian villagers desperate for water as wells and pumps run dry

October 29, 2015

Raj Kumar Jaiswal begins his day irritated. He needs water from the pump that stands in the courtyard of his home. Working the handle is a struggle; it often yields little water, or none at all.

Why Wankhede should hurt Team India

October 29, 2015

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Though defeat is a part of the sports lexicon, some of them leave big enough scars to be more noteworthy than a glossary entry.

FTII students end four-month strike; filmmakers return National Awards

October 28, 2015

Students at Indias most prestigious film school agreed on Wednesday to end a four-month strike and return to classes after the failure of a final round of negotiations with the government over its controversial appointment of a new chairman.

Movie Review: Shaandaar

October 22, 2015

Handout photo from the film "Shaandaar"

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‘Aligarh’ rooted in reality of homophobia in India

October 21, 2015

Marathi-language professor Shrinivas Siras killed himself in 2010, a few days after Aligarh Muslim University suspended him for having consensual sex with a man.

Movie Review: Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2

October 16, 2015

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Luv Ranjan
‘s “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” is a glossier version of the 2011 Bollywood film. It is, in effect, a “Sex and the City” – for men. This is a world where men are perfectly turned out, live in luxurious apartments, and are preoccupied with the women in their lives. It is also a world where women are the enemy – you might sleep with the enemy, but in the end, it’s the brotherhood that is your true comfort and solace.

Movie Review: Wedding Pullav

October 16, 2015

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Binod Pradhan
‘s “Wedding Pullav” is a romantic comedy featuring one of the classic tropes of the genre – the best friends who aren’t sure they are in love until a rival appears on the scene. Despite the tried and tested theme, “Wedding Pullav” is insipid and uninspiring in every frame.