India Insight

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.

Movie Review: Hawaizaada

January 30, 2015

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At first glance, Vibhu Puri’sHawaizaada” (“Prince of the air”) looks like it’s been made from the leftover set pieces of a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. You are treated to opulent mansions, cobbled streets and raindrops falling in slow motion. While they make for great visuals, they don’t really help the story.

Movie Review: Rahasya

January 30, 2015

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Manish Gupta’sRahasya” (mystery) might be in the news for being loosely based on the Aarushi Talwar double murder case, but other than a few cosmetic details, the film is more of an ode to “Queen of Crime” Agatha Christie.

India’s lone male tenor wants to ‘Indianise’ opera

January 27, 2015

Opera singer Anando Mukerjee discovered his love for music while listening to crooner Al Martino’s Here In My Heart on state-run All India Radio when he was 13. Now, he is India’s only male tenor performing on the international stage.

Movie Review: Baby

January 23, 2015

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As a rule, Bollywood can’t get its crime/espionage/action thrillers right. It’s either too much emotion, too many jingoistic statements or too many holes in the script. But wonder of wonders, Neeraj Pandey gets it right. Almost.