India Insight


Movie Review: Noor


Saba Imtiaz’s novel, “Karachi, You’re Killing Me!” is a breezy if superficial read - a Pakistani “Bridget Jones’s Diary” of sort that captures the misadventures of a blundering young journalist and her struggle to land the big story and the right man. “Noor”, the official movie adaptation, certainly imbibes the bumbling character of the protagonist, but the breeziness and humour are sorely missing. 


Movie Review: Maatr

Ashtar Sayed’s “Maatr” (Mother) is a regulation revenge thriller in which a school teacher sets out to avenge the rape and death of her teenage daughter.


Bollywood makes way for Hollywood releases in India

When “The Fate of the Furious” opened in India this month, the eighth installment of the blockbuster Hollywood franchise romped past the lone homegrown offering at the Easter weekend box office.

Movie Review: Begum Jaan

Srijit Mukherji’s “Begum Jaan” is a Hindi remake of his earlier Bengali film “Rajkahini”, about a stubborn brothel keeper caught in the tumultuous aftermath of the partition of India in 1947. Vidya Balan plays the eponymous protagonist with a Frida Kahlo-esque unibrow and a volatile personality to match.


Q&A: Director Rajamouli on the making of 'Baahubali'

Ask anyone associated with the “Baahubali” franchise why they chose to work on the film, and their answer is likely to be “because of S. S. Rajamouli.”


Regional cinema overshadows Bollywood again at National Film Awards

Mumbai A film about a young man suffering from depression and the good Samaritans who help him won the top honour at India’s National Film Awards on Friday.


Movie Review: Mukti Bhawan

In Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Mukti Bhawan” (titled "Hotel Salvation" in English), death is a “prakriya” (process) that must be carried out like a transaction. Most of the characters in the film wait for the end - their own or their loved ones - and Bhutiani handles it with a touch of humour, a welcome change from the breast-beating treatment that Bollywood has long given death.


Movie Review: Naam Shabana

If Shivam Nair's "Naam Shabana" is to be believed, India's top intelligence agency is more diligent about its recruitment process than it is about actually catching enemies of the state. Shabana (Taapsee Pannu) is tracked by "The Agency" from the time she is a teenager with a murky past and eventually recruited as a spy.


Q&A: Shubhashish Bhutiani on ‘Mukti Bhawan’ and the funny side of waiting for death

Of the many things Varanasi is known for, so-called salvation homes that cater to the terminally ill best exemplify Hinduism’s holiest city. Drawing from the belief that people who die there allow their soul to escape a cycle of death and rebirth, many who seek ‘mukti’ check into these accommodations to wait for death.


Movie Review: Phillauri

Anshai Lal's "Phillauri" could have been two films, except for the ghost that glides in and out of the two stories. Tree-dwelling spirit Shashi (Anushka Sharma) -- dead for nearly 100 years -- finds herself in the middle of a big, fat Indian wedding.


Reliance Industries posts higher quarterly profit; tops estimates

MUMBAI India's oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd on Monday posted a 12.8 percent rise in its fourth-quarter net profit and topped analysts' estimates, helped by higher margins in its core business.