India Insight

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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Courtroom drama, and a resignation, in India’s Oscar fight

September 23, 2015

Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court“, a multi-lingual film about India’s creaking judicial system, has been chosen as the country’s entry to the 2016 Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. But Wednesday’s announcement was marred by a jury member resigning minutes before the final vote and accusing committee chairman Amol Palekar of corruption.

Photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta’s homecoming

September 23, 2015
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He was no stranger to Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art. He spent several years in this Lutyens’ Delhi edifice because his father, a sculptor, was the gallery’s director. So it’s a homecoming of sorts for the museum to hold a retrospective of photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta, whose sudden death three years ago during an assignment shocked the art community.

The man who made a policeman – and a smashed typewriter – go viral

September 23, 2015

Ashutosh Tripathi was having breakfast at a Lucknow eatery when he spotted a policeman threatening vendors and workers outside a city post office. The photojournalist took out his camera and started clicking as the policeman smashed the typewriter of an elderly man.

Movie Review: Katti Batti

September 18, 2015

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