Karthik Subbaraj’s ‘Jagame Thandhiram’, with Dhanush and Aishwarya Lekshmi, wants to say a lot but ends up a generic watch

June 18, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Jagame Thandhiram begins with the image of a boat in the English channel with refugees who are approached by an English patrol boat. If you look at Karthik Subbaraj’s career you will find a very similar scenario in Neer where three Indian fishermen (Vijay Sethupathi plays one of them) are attacked by a Sri Lankan patrol […]

Readers Write In #372: ‘Mare of Easttown’ and the ‘Mad Men’ syndrome

June 16, 2021

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(by Madan Mohan) Mare of Easttown, the crime series starring Kate Winslet as the eponymous Mare (short for Marianne), has won much critical acclaim, particularly for the acting and more specifically for Winslet nailing the Delco accent (Delaware county of Pennsylvania). And while I did enjoy it too, I was left with a feeling of […]

Interview: Aishwarya Lekshmi (‘Jagame Thandiram’, ‘Mayaanadhi’…)

June 16, 2021

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Jeeva KJ’s ‘Richter Scale 7.6’ is a superb debut that folds its man-vs-nature message into pure cinema

June 16, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The dramatic title, Richter Scale 7.6, reminds us of an earthquake. But the film is as peaceful and placid as the surface of a lake. It’s a two-character drama between a father (Ashok Kumar Peringode) and a son (Murugan Martin). The father is a folk theatre artist, a singer and a dancer […]

Interview: Santhosh Narayanan (‘Jagame Thandhiram’, Enjoy Enjami, Shenbagame…)

June 14, 2021

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Suseenthiran’s ‘Eeswaran’, starring Silambarasan, is a generic rural drama with ideas but no follow-through

June 13, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Eeswaran is set in a village in Dindigul where Periyasamy (Bharathiraja) is a patriarch. A tragedy strikes him at a very young age and over time his children move to Chennai. They’re all all fighting each other due to money issues. What brings Periyasamy’s four children back to their village is the pandemic. […]

My two-part interview by Raunaq Mangottil (on nostalgia, Nayagan, theaters, reading, screenwriting & train journeys)

June 11, 2021

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George Kora & Sam Xavier’s ‘Thirike’, is a heartwarming story about brothers, but it needed a little more gravity, a little less sugar-dusting

June 8, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Thirike is the story of two brothers Thomas (George Kora) and Ismu, played by TikTok star Gopi Krishnan who has Down’s syndrome. Gopi Krishnan is the film’s rockstar. His performance is so endearing, real and without self-pity that he’s a natural film star. You, too, want to give him a big hug that Thomas […]

Interview: Rohith VS (a spoilery deep dive into the ideology and imagery of ‘Kala’)

June 8, 2021

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Readers Write In #371: Sippi irukudu: Musings about a Timeless Treasure

June 5, 2021

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(by S Madhumithaa) With the number of days where we are finding ourselves locked inside the four walls of our homes never ending, my gratitude for art is exponentially increasing. A couple of days back, I decided to watch the legendary K.B’s Varumayin Niram Sivappu. This time, I found myself unable to get over the […]

Wokeness and art

June 5, 2021

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QUOTE: “But what songwriter could have predicted thirty years ago that the future would lose its sense of humour, its sense of playfulness, its sense of context, nuance and irony, and fall into the hands of a perpetually pissed off coterie of pearl-clutchers? How were we to know?” The original article is here: https://www.brooklynvegan.com/nick-cave-talks-about-whether-he-feels-the-need-to-change-problematic-lyrics-live/ Nick […]

Posted in: Cinema, Dance, Fiction, Music

#AskBR – Remembering SPB with singer Srinivas

June 4, 2021

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Tanglish Talks: A Hero’s Journey (with due apologies to Joseph Campbell)

June 4, 2021

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I keep writing scenes and other random stuff. Thought they’d make for fun blog posts, titled ‘Tanglish Talks’. Do read, share, mock, comment, ring the bell icon, whatever 🙂 ! என் வளர்ப்பு ஒரு அனாதை ஆசிரமத்தில்.களத்தூர் என்கிற இடத்தில் ஏதோ ஒரு மூலை.தினம் காலையில் கடவுள் வாழ்த்து பாட வைப்பார்கள்.“அம்மாவும் நீயே அப்பாவும் நீயே…” என்று போகும்…கன்னத்தை கிள்ள வைக்கும் முகம்.பணக்காரர்கள் இருவர் வந்தார்கள்.மிகவும் […]

Posted in: Tanglish Talks, Writing

Jack Prabhu & Santoshh KK’s ‘First Nights’, premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival, is a fairly interesting dive into the psychology behind wedding nights

June 3, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The premise of this film, made with a cast of newcomers, is what the title promises: the first night or the wedding night. In the case of arranged marriages, this can be an awkward thing. Long, long ago when marriages were arranged by elders, the couple barely met. After marriage, they would […]

#AskBR – Ilaiyaraaja and Mani Ratnam birthday special

June 3, 2021

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Posted in: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

Interview: Karthik Subbaraj (Jagame Thandhiram)

June 3, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Interview: Malavika Mohanan

June 1, 2021

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Readers Write In #370: The Josef Stalin Story

May 29, 2021

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(by G Waugh) DISCLAIMER: This essay is a humble attempt to recount whatever I had read recently in historian Isaac Deutscher’s definitive book- Stalin, A Political Biography. There will be plenty of events here which I have discussed already in my series of essays in this blog titled The Russian Revolution. I really request my […]

Radha Mohan’s ‘Malaysia To Amnesia’ (Vaibhav Reddy, Vani Bhojan), on ZEE5, is a bunch of lame jokes woven around an adulterer

May 28, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Malaysia To Amnesia is the kind of film where the joke is someone mispronouncing Alzhiemer’s as ‘algebra’. There are four major characters in the film. Arun (Vaibhav) is a successful businessman and his wife, Suja (Vani Bhojan), is a homemaker; they also have a cute little kid. There’s Mannar (MS Bhaskar), their uncle, […]

Karthik Rapolu’s ‘Ek Mini Katha’ (Santosh Shobhan, Kavya Thapar), on Amazon Prime, is a barely okayish watch about a man who thinks he has a small penis

May 27, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: In Ek Mini Katha, Santhosh (Santhosh Shoban) plays Santhosh, a man who thinks that he has a small penis, and this gives him a complex. There’s a scene that shows Santhosh as a college student: his girlfriend invites him to her house to have sex but later kicks him out. The assumption is […]