India Insight

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.

Movie Review: ‘Sonali Cable’

October 17, 2014

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Handout picture from the movie "Sonali Cable"Charudutt Acharya’s “Sonali Cable” telegraphs its intention in the title: it’s a communications movie, focusing on the Internet, that part of Indian urban life that has become indispensable to the growing ranks of India’s middle class. Grandparents use it to speak to their grandchildren living a continent away, bored housewives surf for erotica, and pot-bellied businessmen use it to run their businesses from home.

Movie Review: Tamanchey

October 10, 2014

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The producers of “Tamanchey” (“Guns”) are being sued by a man who claims to have directed the film but hasn’t been credited for it. This is hardly new or surprising in an industry not known for respecting writers and directors. What’s really baffling is that someone would want to take credit for this appalling gangster film.

Movie Review: Bang Bang!

October 2, 2014

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There’s a scene in Siddharth Anand’sBang Bang!” when Katrina Kaif as a woman in danger worries that Hrithik Roshan’s pistol, cradled in her worried hands, isn’t big enough to do the trick. Roshan produces a gigantic gun from just off camera and shows it to her. “In shock?” he asks. You bet. It’s just what she’s been hoping for.

Movie Review: Haider

October 2, 2014

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In retelling William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Hamlet” against the backdrop of war and sectarian strife in Indian-administered Kashmir, Vishal Bhardwaj’sHaider” starts off promisingly. It’s too bad that the promise never delivers.