India Insight

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.

Movie Review: Action Jackson

December 5, 2014

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There’s a scene in the rock music mock documentary “This Is Spinal Tap” in which Christopher Guest, playing the brainless guitarist Nigel Tufnel, shows off his amps to a documentary filmmaker. One special amp, he says, is so loud that its dials don’t just go up to 10, they go to 11.

Movie Review: Sulemani Keeda

December 5, 2014

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Sulemani Keeda“Sulemani Keeda”, a slacker comedy about two struggling writers in Bollywood, seems like an inside joke that only a few people are let in on. Produced on a shoe-string budget, it almost seems like the director is describing his own struggling days through the film. And while it might be an engaging story, most people may not be able to relate to it.

Movie Review: Ungli

November 28, 2014

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 Rensil D’Silva’s “Ungli” (The Finger), about a gang of vigilantes who set out to right the wrongs in a rotting system, seems to take off from where “Rang De Basanti” (a film he co-wrote) ended. Young, angry and frustrated, four friends form a secret organisation that aims to get rid of every single pet peeve that the Indian urban middle class has – from corrupt government officials to errant rickshaw drivers and bribe-seeking traffic policemen.

Movie Review: Zed Plus

November 28, 2014

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One of the reasons whyA photo taken from the official Facebook page of "Zed Plus" Adil Hussain took the lead role in Director Chandra Prakash Dwivedi‘s “Zed Plus” (a play on ‘Z-plus security’, the highest level of security provided by the government to VIPs barring the prime minister) was that he felt it was a rare and sensible Bollywood script.

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.