India Insight

Fifty Shades of Grey’s future gets greyer in India

March 4, 2015

Actors Johnson and Dornan arrive for screening at 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in BerlinIndian audiences might not be able to watch the erotic drama “Fifty Shades of Grey”, even though its producer, Universal Pictures, cut all nudity and several sexually explicit scenes in the film before submitting it to the country’s censor board for review.

Franchise Man swoops in to save Bollywood

March 4, 2015

Bollywood is looking for its next superhero, one that can swoop in and provide entertainment to a business bereft of new ideas. Its name might be Franchise Man.

Movie Review: Dum Laga Ke Haisha

February 27, 2015

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Sharat Katariya’s “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” (which roughly translates to “give it all you’ve got”) is one of those films that you have to pay close attention to if you want to enjoy it to the full. There is so much to like here – the attention to detail, the quirky characters; and you are likely to miss it if your attention wavers to your phone or your popcorn.

Budget 2015: Tax reforms on Bollywood wishlist

February 25, 2015

Bollywood is hoping that the Narendra Modi government will heed its long-standing demands for cuts on import duties and reforming the “archaic” entertainment tax at this year’s budget. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present his first full-year budget on Feb. 28.

Movie Review: Badlapur

February 20, 2015

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On the surface, Sriram Raghavan’s “Badlapur” is a visceral revenge drama, tracing one man’s unraveling as he pursues a vendetta against the people who ruined his life. Probe deeper, and you will find that Raghavan questions the genre and turns it on its head, and asks uncomfortable questions.

A Minute With: Varun Dhawan

February 16, 2015

In his first three films, Varun Dhawan showed off his muscles, danced to elaborately choreographed songs and wooed girls. But in “Badlapur”, a dark racy thriller that releases this week, the actor goes to the other extreme, playing a tortured man who seeks revenge against the man who killed his wife and son.

Movie Review: Roy

February 13, 2015

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Vikramjit Singh’s “Roy” is a beautiful film – at least on the outside. It has gorgeous locales, a lead cast that looks like a million bucks, and a couple of very hummable songs. But you know what they say about beauty.

Movie Review – MSG: The Messenger of God

February 13, 2015

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Watching most Bollywood movies calls for a healthy suspension of disbelief, but if you dare make the trip to see the wonder that is “MSG: The Messenger of God”, make sure to leave behind every ounce of common sense or sanity that you possess, and submit yourself to the events unfolding on screen.

Movie Review: Shamitabh

February 6, 2015

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Every director has his muse. Farah Khan has Shah Rukh Khan, Ayan Mukerji has Ranbir Kapoor, and R Balki has Amitabh Bachchan. The one actor they admire so much that, at times, their films are nothing more than a simpering tribute to their favourite artist.

A Minute With: Sriram Raghavan

February 6, 2015

Director Sriram Raghavan lives on the fringes of Bollywood, rarely making the scene unless he has a film about to come out. The film-maker is also unusual in that he has made two of the most underrated but slickest crime thrillers to come out of Bollywood in recent times, “Ek Hasina Thi” (“There Once Was a Beautiful Woman”) and “Johnny Gaddar”, while being inspired by, but never weighed down by the kitschy melodrama that most Bollywood thrillers are known for.