India Insight

Bollywood finally wants to pay the price for remakes

November 22, 2014

A cinema-goer asks for directions at the ticket counter of a PVR Multiplex in Mumbai

It’s hard to watch some Bollywood films without thinking “I’ve seen this somewhere before.” Certain scenes, certain plots seem awfully familiar. That’s because they came from other movies. The generous among us might say that the filmmakers are “inspired” or perhaps they’re making an “homage.” Others call it “lifting.”

Movie Review: Happy Ending

November 21, 2014

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Movie Review: Happy Ending Filmmakers Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. have delivered some quirky, fun films in the past. Last year’s zombie comedy “Go Goa Gone” and the smart “Shor in the City” brought freshness to the screen and made even actors like Tusshar Kapoor look good.

Movie Review: Kill Dil

November 15, 2014

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Movie Review: Kill Dil

Whoever sanctioned the script of “Kill Dil” at Yashraj Films obviously forgot about a little film called “Gunday” which the studio produced earlier this year. The two have the same leading man and an almost similar story. More importantly, it is a story that has been done to death.

Bollywood makes up for years of bias against women

November 13, 2014

Charu Khurana remembers watching Hollywood films like “Star Wars” and “King Kong” as a child. Their special effects, prosthetics and makeup sparked her interest in the craft. She studied makeup in Los Angeles and returned to India to work in the film industry, only to discover that a 59-year-old rule barred women from becoming makeup artists in movies.

A Minute With: Farah Khan on ‘Happy New Year’

November 7, 2014

Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/HappyNewYear Farah Khan’s film “Happy New Year” is a rare Bollywood blockbuster directed by a woman. The film set an opening-day box office record for movies in India.

Movie Review: The Shaukeens

November 7, 2014

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In Abhishek Sharma’s version of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 comedy “Shaukeen”, three old men looking for a weekend of fun with a young woman turn it into a sleaze-fest by leering at every female on the street and drooling over sexy female bodies.

A Minute With: Parineeti Chopra

November 6, 2014

For someone who stumbled into acting by chance, Parineeti Chopra has done rather well for herself. The 26-year-old caught people’s attention in her debut film “Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl”, and was hailed by several critics as the next big thing. But things have fizzled out since then, and after her last film “Daawat-e-Ishq” failed to make a mark at the box office, Chopra was panned for repeating herself. Her latest film is Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil, an action film in which she stars alongside Ranveer Singh and Govinda.

Movie Review: Super Nani

October 31, 2014

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Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie www.facebook.com/SuperNaniMovie Indra Kumar must have a time machine. How else do you explain him making a movie that takes us all back to the dark ages?

“Margarita, with a Straw”: dissolving hatred of homosexuals in India

October 24, 2014

Modern India is walking slowly towards a general acceptance of homosexuals and lesbians. Shonali Bose in her new film, “Margarita, With a Straw,” tries to pick up the pace. The film, which premiered and won the NETPAC award at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year, is about a teenager with cerebral palsy who is unabashed about her sexuality, much to the horror of her middle-class, conservative mother.

Kalki Koechlin on her role as a disabled girl in “Margarita, With a Straw”

October 24, 2014

Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaWithAStraw  Kalki Koechlin is one of the few actresses in recent years to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream Indian cinema. Last year, she played what many would consider a side role in one of Bollywood’s biggest romantic movies, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, decked in designer, slinky outfits and danced to peppy dance numbers.