India Insight

It’s not just about Katrina Kaif’s looks in ‘Phantom’

August 21, 2015

Katrina Kaif routinely finds a place in lists ranking India’s most Googled celebrities. She says her looks got all the attention in her first few Bollywood films.

Movie Review: Manjhi – The Mountain Man

August 21, 2015
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Movie Review: Brothers

August 14, 2015

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Interview: Karan Anshuman on ‘Bangistan’

August 6, 2015

As a film critic for one of Mumbai’s most read tabloids, Karan Anshuman judged a Bollywood movie each week. This week, it’s his turn to be judged.

What not to ask Tabu

July 29, 2015

Interviewing movie stars is usually a cut-and-dried affair. When a new film is about to open in cinemas, entertainment reporters get a call from the publicity agency. A couple of days later, you are ushered into a room with a dozen waiting journalists, and after an hour or so, you are taken to the celebrity for the promised interview. With the warning: 15 minutes only.

Alarm bells in Bollywood as ‘Bahubali’, Hollywood films reap box-office gold

July 28, 2015

A dubbed fantasy epic that charmed millions of Hindi-speaking moviegoers this month has startled the Indian film industry, with box-office analysts viewing the movie’s record-breaking run as a wake-up call for Bollywood.

Movie Review: Masaan

July 24, 2015

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Movie Review: Bahubali

July 10, 2015

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Telugu cinema’s “hit-machine” Rajamouli comes to Bollywood

July 8, 2015

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The hero of S.S. Rajamouli’s most recent film was a fly – a garish, computer generated pink fly which caused traffic accidents and blew up houses. “Eega” (Fly), which initially released in Telugu and later dubbed as “Makkhi” in Hindi, was one of the most successful films of 2013, breaking all records in the Telugu film industry and gathering quite a decent amount for the Hindi version as well.

Why Kiran Rao wants to focus on Indian cinema rather than international films at Mumbai festival

July 6, 2015

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For an event that once made little impact on the international circuit, the Mumbai Film Festival has come a long way. Last year, after the main sponsor Reliance Entertainment pulled out, the festival relied on contributions from individuals. This year, after a revamp and the addition of a new sponsor (the other Reliance, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries), the festival seems to be on firmer footing. Re-christened Jio MAMI (after the Reliance brand which is the main sponsor), the festival has a new committee and a new chairperson – film-maker Kiran Rao.