India Insight

Courtroom drama, and a resignation, in India’s Oscar fight

September 23, 2015

Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court“, a multi-lingual film about India’s creaking judicial system, has been chosen as the country’s entry to the 2016 Oscars in the best foreign-language film category. But Wednesday’s announcement was marred by a jury member resigning minutes before the final vote and accusing committee chairman Amol Palekar of corruption.

Bollywood holds breath as Salman Khan faces jail

May 5, 2015

(UPDATE: Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison in hit-and-run case)

A guilty verdict for Salman Khan on Wednesday in a 13-year-old hit-and-run could derail some of Bollywood’s most prized projects if India’s most bankable actor is put behind bars.

Movie Review: Court

April 17, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court” is a chronicle of the mundane – a housewife cooks dinner, a lawyer reads something in a monotone, another character shops for groceries. Yet, it is through the mundane that Tamhane weaves magic. “Court” is a rare film that creates drama out of the humdrum lives of ordinary people, whose limited world view and biases affect the lives of others in more ways than they can imagine.

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.

Delhi gang rape sentencing: reactions from people on the street

By Reuters Staff
September 13, 2013

By Aditya Kalra and Arnika Thakur

All four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi were sentenced to death on Friday.

As India gang rape trial ends, a debate over what has changed

September 9, 2013

The serial rapist stalks her for days. Eventually he breaks into her home when she is alone and tries to rape her at knifepoint. But she somehow manages to overpower and trap him.

Interview: Satisfied with response from police, government: rape victim’s father

January 7, 2013

Five men accused of the rape and murder of the 23-year-old student appeared in court on Monday to hear charges against them.

The Aruna Shanbaug case: SC rejects plea

By Vipul Tripathi
March 4, 2011

SPAIN/UPDATE: The Supreme Court in its judgement on Monday rejected the euthanasia plea of Aruna Shanbaug, who has been lying in a vegetative state for 37 years following a sexual assault on her.

Reactions to the Kasab verdict

May 6, 2010

A Mumbai court sentenced to death Pakistani citizen Mohammad Ajmal Kasab over the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Here are some reactions from people in New Delhi.

Is the media going overboard in its coverage of the Ambani feud?

October 14, 2009

The war of words between the billionaire Ambani brothers took an unexpected turn when younger sibling Anil offered an olive branch to elder brother Mukesh in a bid to resolve a feud over the split of the Reliance business empire in 2005.