India Insight

Movie Review: Waiting

May 26, 2016

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In a particularly effective scene, the two main characters of Anu Menon‘s film “Waiting” have a heated argument in a hospital parking lot about their respective spouses. Can you take a decision about someone else’s life? How do you decide if they want to live like a vegetable or would prefer to die instead? “Stop trying to kill your husband,” Shiv (Naseeruddin Shah) tells Tara (Kalki Koechlin).

Movie Review: Kapoor and Sons

March 18, 2016

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Shakun Batra‘s “Kapoor and Sons” is a beautifully shot, perfectly airbrushed family drama set in the hill station of Coonoor in southern India. The word ‘dysfunctional’ has made its way to the publicity material for the film, but film-maker Batra’s version of dysfunctional is superficial at best, almost as if he is afraid of getting his hands too dirty and sullying the near perfect visage of his film.

Movie Review: Ankhon Dekhi

March 21, 2014

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The protagonist in Rajat Kapoor’s “Ankhon Dekhi” will remind you of some relative that you may have encountered at numerous family gatherings — the talkative, eccentric but loveable uncle who arouses mixed emotions.

A Minute With: Rajat Kapoor on ‘Ankhon Dekhi’

March 20, 2014

Over the past decade, film-maker Rajat Kapoor has found a niche for himself in Bollywood, writing and directing movies that rely more on unusual plots than glamorous movie stars.