India Insight

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.

Shiv Sena stokes the anti-immigrant debate on celluloid

January 22, 2015

A new film that lionizes late right-wing leader and popular Mumbai politician Bal Thackeray and endorses his often divisive policies and philosophies looks ready to stoke more anti-immigrant feelings in the city.

Movie Review: Dolly ki Doli

January 22, 2015

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The best thing about Abhishek Dogra’s new film “Dolly ki Doli” is that it is all of 100 minutes long. Whatever flaws the script might have, whatever acting that goes haywire, goes by in such a flash that you don’t have time to dwell on it.

Movie Review: Alone

January 16, 2015

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Bhushan Patel’s remake of Thai film “Alone” relies on the usual horror movie tricks to scare the audience, but the story is saddled with so many meaningless twists and turns that it’s more exhausting than scary toward the end.

A Minute With: Bipasha Basu

January 15, 2015

In an industry that typically sidelines actresses as they age, Bipasha Basu has reinvented herself, going from sex symbol to the queen of Bollywood horror movies, a genre that most mainstream stars avoid. Basu, 36, has found success in several horror films in recent years. Basu’s latest is a remake of the Thai film “Alone,” about a woman whose dead twin comes back to haunt her and her husband. She spoke to Reuters about the film, why she does horror, and her worst fear in real life.