India Insight

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.

Reliving ‘Aruna’s Story’ – on stage

October 6, 2015
Lushin Dubey returned to the stage after her performance. As the applause died down, she introduced the production crew of her play about Aruna Shanbaug, an Indian nurse who died this year. She had been assaulted and raped, and was in a coma for 42 years. Dubey fought back tears as she spoke.

Imaging Sri Lanka’s colonial past

October 6, 2015

For a journalist, it’s hard not to think of Sri Lanka as an island country recovering from a decades-long conflict. But, there is a country that far predates this bloodletting and warfare. It’s called Ceylon, Sri Lanka’s colonial “other”.

Movie Review: Singh is Bliing

October 2, 2015

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Movie Review: Singh is BliingHaving first captured the south Indian movie market and then Bollywood, prolific director Prabhudheva is now turning his eyes towards the unofficial adopted home of India’s film industry – Punjab. In “Singh is Bliing”, a 141-minute tribute to the awesomeness of the Punjabi gene, Akshay Kumar repurposes the same role he’s done in millions of other films – the sometimes bumbling but loveable rascal whose only purpose in life is to beat up the bad guys, save the good ones, and fall for a beautiful girl along the way.

Movie Review: Talvar

October 1, 2015

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In their pre-release interviews, the makers of “Talvar” have emphasized a point over and over again – that their film is an impartial attempt at reconstructing the murder of a teenager and a servant in suburban Delhi.

Movie Review: Calendar Girls

September 25, 2015

A still from "Calendar Girls"

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Movie Review: Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon

September 25, 2015

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