India Insight

Movie Review: Tamasha

November 27, 2015

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If there is one thing to be said for Imtiaz Ali’s films, they are intensely personal statements. Whether you identify with his films or not mostly depends on whether your life experiences match those of his characters. If you’ve been slighted in love or had a long-distance relationship or missed a train, you are likely to show empathy. If not, he can be difficult to decipher – at least if his recent films are anything to go by.

The ABD of batting

November 19, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters) South Africa's AB de Villiers plays a shot on the first day of their second cricket test match against India in Bengaluru, India, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa - RTS6YON

South Africa’s AB de Villiers plays a shot on the first day of their second cricket test match against India in Bengaluru, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa

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.