India Insight

Movie Review: Hate Story 3

December 4, 2015

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Movie Review: Angry Indian Goddesses

December 4, 2015

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‘Slumdog’ Patel primed for film on math genius Ramanujan

December 3, 2015

It’s been seven years since Dev Patel burst into the limelight as the gangly actor in the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” and the 25-year-old has had his pick of acting roles in television and films.

Baby steps for India art market, best yet to come

December 2, 2015

“Bindu”, 1983, Syed Haider Raza

As Christie’s gets ready to hold its third art auction in Mumbai in December, the growing international appeal of Indian artworks is fuelling optimism about the country’s fledgling art market. Here’s why:

Glimpses of Indian Buddhist art

December 1, 2015
First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E (north-west part of undivided India) Indian Museum, Kolkata

First Sermon, Kushana period, circa 2nd century C.E., Loriyan Tangai (north-west part of undivided India)

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.