India Insight

Photo Gallery – In winter, Delhi indulges in pan-India eats

December 31, 2014

India is a difficult place to shoot, with too many people walking in and out of your frame all the time, a foreign photojournalist once told me as we sat down to review my pictures.

The best and worst of Bollywood in 2014

By Reuters Staff
December 30, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar and Anupriya Kumar

For all its talk of looking for a “hat ke” (different) film, Bollywood proved in 2014 that it prefers to go with the tried and tested and experimenting with subjects and themes is not a game that the big, established stars prefer to indulge in.

Movie Review: Ugly

December 25, 2014

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Anurag Kashyap’s “Ugly” is a dark thriller about the aftermath of a child’s kidnapping. The characters in the film are dysfunctional and messed up in many ways. Yet, they don’t invoke the audience’s sympathy.

Bollywood fails to find movie magic in 2014

December 24, 2014

The year can’t finish soon enough, as far as Bollywood is concerned. The world’s biggest film industry by output struggled to churn out hits, with only a handful of films managing to make money at the box office due to an increasingly picky audience.

Revisiting Bangladesh, 43 years after the independence war

December 23, 2014

The Colonel WhoWhen Indian-born journalist Salil Tripathi visited Dhaka University’s Jagannath Hall in Bangladesh two years ago, he noticed an epitaph that had “PAKISTANI” etched in bold on a memorial dedicated to students who were killed in the 1971 war of independence.

2014: A year of leagues for Indian sports

December 23, 2014

Club owners and other league officials pose for a picture during the emblem-unveiling ceremony of Indian Super League in Mumbai August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

It rained sports leagues in India in an eventful 2014 that also saw the country’s cricket board join hands with Australia and England to take charge of the game’s administration.

Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra sets sights on American TV

December 19, 2014

Priyanka Chopra might be one of the most sought-after stars in India right now, but she has set her sights far away across the Atlantic. After cutting a single with rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL, and being signed on by the clothing brand Guess as their top model, the 32-year-old actress is all set to star in an American television series this fall, developed around her by the ABC TV network.

Movie Review: PK

December 19, 2014

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First things first. All those guesses about who PK is were right after all. Aamir Khan’s bulging eyes, pointy ears and unblinking stares do mean that he is an alien from a planet far, far away, who lands on earth to “research” us human beings.

A Minute With: Rajkumar Hirani

December 17, 2014

A Minute With: Rajkumar HiraniKaran Johar calls him a legend and a genius, the only filmmaker in the country who is capable of achieving the perfect blend of commercial and meaningful cinema. But a laughing Rajkumar Hirani shrugs it all off. The 52-year-old, who is as big a brand as some of Bollywood’s A-list actors, is also one of the highest paid in the industry.

Russia’s ambassador to India: the quotable Alexander Kadakin

By Douglas Busvine
December 9, 2014

(Russian President Vladimir Putin is coming to India this week to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to discuss ways to improve relations. Moscow and New Delhi enjoyed warm ties during the days of the Soviet Union, when India was a member of a non-aligned bloc of nations. The friendship recently has become strained as India relies more on U.S. and French companies to meet its defence needs, something that chafes Russia as it deals with sanctions from western nations over Ukraine. Russia meanwhile has alarmed Indian public opinion with a recent visit by its defence minister to Pakistan. Russia’s ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a veteran diplomat first posted to New Delhi more than 40 years ago, discussed Putin’s visit at a press conference on Monday. Here are some of his remarks.