India Insight


Movie Review: Mubarakan


In an early scene in Anees Bazmee’s “Mubarakan” (meaning congratulations in Punjabi), an Indian family’s boisterous reunion in London is interrupted by their neighbours, who ask them to pipe down. “My brother is here from India. We won’t keep quiet for the next three days,” the Indian matriarch announces haughtily. This, in essence, exemplifies the film. It has no mercy for our ear drums or sensibilities, and is more than happy to ignore logic as long as it can carry on with its loud c


Movie Review: Indu Sarkar

For the first time in a long time, Madhur Bhandarkar seems to have rediscovered two-letter movie titles, a semblance of nuance and a leading lady who doesn’t ham her way through her scenes. “Indu Sarkar” is not the most searing depiction of a dark period in India’s post-independence history, but it manages to make its limited point.


Q&A: Anushka Sharma on being a creature of instinct

If there’s one quality that defines Anushka Sharma, it’s clarity. The actress says she uses her instinct to choose her roles and has no doubts about what she wants and doesn’t want – from modeling to acting and producing.


Movie Review: Lipstick Under My Burkha

If there is one thing you have to credit Alankrita Shrivastava’s latest film with, it is that it throws open the lives of women in a way that we rarely see on Indian celluloid.


Movie Review: Munna Michael

In Sabbir Khan’s “Munna Michael”, Tiger Shroff is an all-conquering Michael Jackson fan who dances just as fluidly as he fights. With the signature black felt hat and a bandana on his wrist, Munna waltzes his way through nightclubs and dance venues in Mumbai but fails to find fame or money.


Q&A: Ratna Pathak Shah on not being a director’s actor

Variety is key for Ratna Pathak Shah. The veteran theatre actress has made her presence felt in Bollywood, television comedies and indie cinema - even directing plays for her theatre group.


Q&A: Konkona Sen Sharma on 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' and the female perspective in films

Konkona Sen Sharma is regarded as one of the best actors in Bollywood, but ironically doesn’t act in many Hindi films - her last full-length movie was 2015’s “Talwar”. She directed her first feature film, “A Death In The Gunj”, last year and is now back with a role in Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha”.


Q&A: Bhumi Pednekar on ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ and male chauvinist pigs

When she made her film debut in 2015, Bhumi Pednekar was the antithesis of the Bollywood heroine – playing an overweight bride whose husband refuses to accept her and her body type. In her second film, Pednekar plays another newly-wed, but this time she is a feisty woman who leaves her husband after discovering he doesn’t have a toilet in the house.


Movie Review: Shab

In one the first scenes in “Shab”, a young man from a small town comes to Delhi to take part in a pageant. He struts confidently in front of the judges, unaware that his small-town accent and gauche demeanour put him at a serious disadvantage in the competition. The film exemplifies its protagonist. It is so blind to its faults and so engrossed in what it thinks is profundity that it doesn’t realise it is unintentionally hilarious.

Movie Review: Mom

Ravi Udyawar’s “Mom” is another iteration of the mother-on-a-rampage revenge saga that we saw earlier in the year with “Maatr”, which in turn was inspired by the South Korean thriller “Don’t Cry Mommy”. A mother, shattered by the gang rape of her teenage step-daughter and disillusioned by the criminal justice system, sets out for revenge.


Floods kill 120 in Gujarat, with industry, cotton hit

AHMEDABAD, India Widespread flooding in Gujarat has killed more than 120 people and paralysed infrastructure, officials said on Friday, with tens of thousands of cotton farmers also suffering heavy damage.