India Insight

Movie Review: Margarita, With a Straw

April 17, 2015

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In Shonali Bose’s “Margarita, With a Straw”, there is a scene towards the end where the unraveling of a relationship is captured faithfully by the camera – there are accusations of betrayal, tears over what could have been, and frantic declarations of love. It is to Bose’s credit that in spite of the fact that it involves two women who are both disabled, she treats it in the same way that most films would treat a scene of this nature involving a heterosexual, abled couple.

Movie Review: Dharam Sankat Mein

April 10, 2015

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If Fuwad Khan’s “Dharam Sankat Mein” is any indication, Bollywood is in the midst of a theological crossroads. It certainly is debating the idea of God with more fervour than before.

Movie Review: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

April 3, 2015

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If beauty is skin-deep, then Dibakar Banerjee’s re-telling of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s detective series set in 1943 Calcutta (now Kolkata) is beautiful.  Right from the costumes to the set design, everything is period-perfect. But the attention to detail never translates into atmosphere – that elusive element that makes for a successful whodunit film. The intrigue that is suggested through dialogue never turns into an edge-of-the-seat mystery, thanks to a shallow plot.

It was me, says Salman Khan’s driver in hit-and-run

March 30, 2015

Bollywood actor Salman Khan reacts on the green carpet in ColomboActor Salman Khan’s defence in a decade-old hit-and-run case got a significant boost on Monday after his driver testified in court that it was he, and not the Bollywood star, who was behind the wheel of an SUV that ran over people in 2002.

Courtroom drama gets top prize at National Film Awards

March 24, 2015

court-posterA multi-lingual film that chronicles the flaws in India’s notoriously slow judicial system and its effect on ordinary citizens won the top prize at the 62nd National Film Awards.

Actor Shashi Kapoor to get Dadasaheb Phalke Award

March 23, 2015

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2014, the government announced on Monday, becoming the third in his family to receive the country’s highest honour in Indian cinema.

Movie Review: Hunterrr

March 20, 2015

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The protagonist in Harshavardhan Kulkarni’s “Hunterrr” (the tacky title is a product of Bollywood’s propensity to fiddle with spellings) is instantly recognizable. Mandar Ponkshe is someone we’ve all met, or been, at some point in life. He’s the guy who ogles at every passing woman, the man who brushes against a woman’s posterior in a crowded market, or stares at a nurse who is treating his sick friend.

Movie Review: NH10

March 13, 2015

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Handout still from the film “NH10”Navdeep Singh’s “NH10” is a brutal, often uncomfortable film that makes no attempt to sugarcoat its reality, or to ease its audience into the narrative. As in his earlier film, “Manorama Six Feet Under”, Singh examines the realities of living in an India that is far away from the lives that wealthy, urban Indians lead. Between the city and anarchy lies little more than a tollbooth.

A Minute With: Anushka Sharma

March 12, 2015

Anushka Sharma might have spent less than a decade as a Bollywood high roller, but she’s become an adept juggler. Her relationship with cricketer Virat Kohli and her cosmetic surgery woes have kept her on the gossip pages. Meanwhile, she has been busy producing her first film.

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.