India Insight

Interview: Prakash Javadekar on India’s coal tax and climate change

April 20, 2016

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will travel this week to New York, where the United States, China and other leading economies will formally accede to the Paris climate change accord forged in December.

Q&A with Maneesh Sharma on ‘Fan’ and Shah Rukh Khan

April 15, 2016

Maneesh Sharma counts himself as a Shah Rukh Khan fan. He met the Bollywood superstar when he was a struggling screenwriter and dreamed of making a film about a fan obsessed with an actor. Nearly a decade later, Sharma’s film starring Khan in a double role as an actor and his lookalike fan opened in Indian cinemas on Friday.

Siddharth Roy Kapur on ‘Beauty and the Beast’

March 30, 2016

Beauty and the Beast” will return to India this summer. The Broadway musical opened to sold-out shows in Mumbai and New Delhi last year, featuring an all-Indian cast and costing as much to produce as the average Bollywood movie.

INTERVIEW: Director Ram Madhvani on ‘Neerja’

February 5, 2016

Ram MadhvaniRam Madhvani took a 13-year break from movies. In the interim, he made award-winning commercials (including the Happy Dent gum ad), but efforts to do more in film didn’t work out.

Q&A with actor R. Madhavan on ‘Saala Khadoos’

January 29, 2016
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For two years, R. Madhavan has worn braces on his teeth that he doesn’t need. The actor has worn them so that he can replicate a lisp like Mike Tyson for his role in the film “Saala Khadoos”, where he plays the mercurial coach of a young boxer from a fishing village in Chennai.

Raja Krishna Menon on ‘Airlift’, Akshay Kumar and the biggest human evacuation in history

January 21, 2016

Raja Krishna Menon grew up in Kerala, where politics is dinner table conversation and Che Guevara and Simon Bolivar are household names. The film-maker says this background not only drew him to the subject of his new film “Airlift”, but also helped him tell the story.

Q&A with Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog

January 19, 2016

By Manoj Kumar and Douglas Busvine

India has every chance of becoming an export powerhouse, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top economic adviser Arvind Panagariya told Reuters, despite an ill wind blowing from China that has hurt the ability of Asia’s third-largest economy to compete.

‘Slumdog’ Patel primed for film on math genius Ramanujan

December 3, 2015

It’s been seven years since Dev Patel burst into the limelight as the gangly actor in the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” and the 25-year-old has had his pick of acting roles in television and films.

In search of good roles, not stardom – Imran Khan

September 17, 2015

Seven years ago, Imran Khan was an up-and-coming star and touted as the next big thing in Bollywood. But his last three movies were box-office bombs and he dropped off the radar for several film-makers, losing projects he had already signed.

Bollywood’s ‘Talvar’ does a ‘Rashomon’ on Aarushi murder case

September 16, 2015
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One of India’s most sensational murder cases is at the centre of a new Bollywood film that attempts to deconstruct a crime that transfixed the country and dominated headlines for weeks.