India Insight

A Minute With: Vidhu Vinod Chopra on ‘Broken Horses’

April 17, 2015

The producer of Bollywood’s highest grossing film made his debut as a Hollywood director this month.

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.

Last chance for the Indian economy? Mihir Sharma explains

By Atul Dev
February 9, 2015

IMihir Sharman the history of India’s economic reforms, rhetoric has often proved to be a stronger force than substance. Scrutinizing The Indian Growth Story, a facile phrase casually tossed about by newsmakers and newswriters, reveals that. Historians, however, have documented the liberalization of the economy in 1991 — the pole around which the Story spins — furtively. A good chunk of Mihir S Sharma’s gripping first book, Restart, delves into the events of that hot summer of 1991: the colicking infancy of a reformist India and how a missed opportunity and internalised mistakes have plagued the economic agenda ever since.

A Minute With: Rajkumar Hirani

December 17, 2014

A Minute With: Rajkumar HiraniKaran Johar calls him a legend and a genius, the only filmmaker in the country who is capable of achieving the perfect blend of commercial and meaningful cinema. But a laughing Rajkumar Hirani shrugs it all off. The 52-year-old, who is as big a brand as some of Bollywood’s A-list actors, is also one of the highest paid in the industry.

A Minute With: Farah Khan on ‘Happy New Year’

November 7, 2014

Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/HappyNewYear Farah Khan’s film “Happy New Year” is a rare Bollywood blockbuster directed by a woman. The film set an opening-day box office record for movies in India.

Kalki Koechlin on her role as a disabled girl in “Margarita, With a Straw”

October 24, 2014

Picture taken from the official Facebook page for the movie https://www.facebook.com/MargaritaWithAStraw  Kalki Koechlin is one of the few actresses in recent years to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream Indian cinema. Last year, she played what many would consider a side role in one of Bollywood’s biggest romantic movies, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, decked in designer, slinky outfits and danced to peppy dance numbers.

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

September 26, 2014

It’s difficult to hold back your surprise when Naseeruddin Shah, one of India’s foremost art house actors, says the film industry doesn’t interest him greatly. In a career spanning almost four decades, Shah has worked with Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning director Shyam Benegal and James Bond actor Sean Connery, won acclaim for his movie roles and continues to dabble in theatre.

For Oscar-winning Tanovic, Emraan Hashmi’s “serial kisser” tag didn’t matter

September 16, 2014

When Danis Tanovic chose Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi to play a Pakistani whistle-blower in his new project, the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker wasn’t aware of the actor’s notoriety as Indian cinema’s “serial kisser”.
Tanovic eventually watched some of Hashmi’s Bollywood hits and found it funny that the actor had such a different image in India.

Darshan Kumar says he is the hero of ‘Mary Kom’

September 4, 2014

darshanbhaiEven though he is not playing the lead in Mary Kom“, debutant actor Darshan Kumar calls himself the hero of the film.

Representing Manipur: Priyanka Chopra on playing Mary Kom

September 4, 2014

Priyanka Chopra is not a Bollywood actor who waits around for assistants to mic her up, set a TV camera’s white balance and tell her where to look during an interview. When I met her on Tuesday at a posh hotel in Gurgaon, she used the paper I brought with my questions on it for the white balance, told the assistant how and where to set up the mic and opened a bottle of cough syrup, sparing the poor staffer who was struggling with it for her.