Interview: Anubhav Sinha, on his sine-curve reactions to ‘Ra.One’, his 2.0 avatar from ‘Mulk’ to ‘Bheed’, and why he is disheartened

March 28, 2023

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Goodbye, Innocent!

March 28, 2023

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Interview: SS Karthikeya (Rajamouli’s son, Line Producer of ‘RRR’), on how they did the Oscar campaign

March 26, 2023

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From the Web (FTW) #6: The New York Times’s AO Scott on quitting film criticism after 23 years

March 26, 2023

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Got this via email from Ravi Kiran, who clearly is giving me a hint about quitting, too 😛 :

Readers Write In #564: Thoughts on Tár

March 26, 2023

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By Vijay Ramanathan Todd Field’s excellent Tár is fundamentally a pseudo-message movie nestled within a character study that’s masked as a biopic of a fictional artist (phew!… that was a mouthful). Lydia Tár, brilliantly portrayed by Cate Blanchett, is a vehicle for Field to question what we see happening around us with art and artists. […]

Readers Write In #563: Letters to my Alter Ego: Part 2

March 26, 2023

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By Jeeva P Hi Arulmozhivarman, There is a dialogue in Parthiban Kanavu, Srikanth telling his friends that the biggest problem in his life has been not the fact that he was surrounded by bad people who made life difficult for him, but quite the opposite. Parthiban, played by Srikanth was surrounded in fact by good […]

Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Bheed’, based on pandemic-migration, is a solid addition to his series of social cinema

March 25, 2023

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Spoilers ahead… Though Rajkummar Rao plays the nominal protagonist and gets a small character-growth arc, this is a film that belongs to everyone, the ‘bheed’. Anubhav Sinha’s latest attempt at movie-making / conscience-pricking / dialogue-initiating is titled Bheed, and it gets going 13 days after the first pandemic-lockdown, when more migrants began walking back to […]

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Interview: MM Keeravani (RRR, Oscar-winner)

March 25, 2023

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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 12: Analysing five scenes from ‘Dada’, ‘OK Kanmani’, ‘VTK’, ‘Sarpatta Parambara’, ‘Anbe Sivam’

March 24, 2023

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Krishand’s crime-comedy ‘Purusha Pretham’ (on SonyLIV) offers a few big laughs, but not nearly enough to sustain its overlong run time

March 24, 2023

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Spoilers ahead… The film, led by a superb Prasanth Alexander, is both a murder mystery and an absurdist comedy, with a touch of domestic abuse and the sight of Darshana Rajendran with streaks of grey. If Krishand’s new film had been an Agatha Christie or Perry Mason mystery, it might be called “The Case of […]

Interview: Nani (Dasara)

March 22, 2023

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From the Web (FTW) #5: How OP Nayyar was one of the original disruptors of Hindi film music

March 22, 2023

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From Scroll: ‘Almost all Hindi film songs have beat patterns which are straight and regular. But OP Nayyar had other ideas.’ Rhythm king The poor sarangi! Hindi film music had accorded it a rather limiting role – either in the kothas or as mournful accompaniment to melancholic songs. No music director had violated the rule. […]

Readers Write In #562: VAALVI (Termite/s) – Marathi

March 22, 2023

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By An Jo Spoiler alerts: As soon as the first scene is played out on the screen in ‘Vaalvi‘, it immediately takes you back to the MASTER’S, Sir Alfred’s ‘DIAL M FOR MURDER.’  And then of course, our own Kundan’s master-piece, JAANE BHI DO YAARO, starring, THE, Satish Shah. There’s a ‘practice’, a rehearsal going […]

Interview: Gautham Karthik (Pathu Thala)

March 21, 2023

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Interview: Daniel Caltagirone (Thangalaan)

March 17, 2023

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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 11: Kamal Haasan’s arc in ‘Thevar Magan’

March 17, 2023

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Interview: Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh, Regina Cassandra, Arjun Radhakrishnan (Rocket Boys 2)

March 15, 2023

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Interview: T Suriavelan (Singapore-based Tamil YouTube hit, Naam)

March 15, 2023

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From the Web (FTW) #4: The wives who discovered they were gay

March 12, 2023

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From today’s Hindu Sunday Magazine: These women left socially secure marriages with men to find love, respect, and authenticity away from the rigid family structure. “Why is it that I can’t be someone at 20, someone else at 30, and someone quite different at 40? Sexuality is exploration.” The year I turned 40, I decided […]

Interview: Santhosh Narayanan (Malaysia concert, future films)

March 12, 2023

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