India Insight

Movie Review: Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

November 12, 2015

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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.

Sozni weaving threads tradition in Kashmir

November 9, 2015
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Ali Muhammad Beigh at his home. Photo by Anjali Rao Koppala

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.

Bollywood finds political voice in intolerance debate

November 6, 2015

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.

Star-crossed romance charms movie audiences in Kerala

November 3, 2015

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.

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.