India Insight

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

By Reuters Staff
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.

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.

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.