BR blog-reader Zoom meet

September 23, 2021

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Prasanna suggested a Zoom meet with regulars and other readers. Are you guys game for it? Here’s the image from the last time such a thing happened, all the way back in 2014.

My interview on Scribble Arts Studio

September 23, 2021

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Ranjith Sankar’s ‘Sunny’ (Jayasurya) is a gently moving drama that equates COVID-related solitude with a man’s isolation from his own life

September 23, 2021

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Interview: Sekhar Kammula (‘Dollar Dreams’ to ‘Love Story’)

September 23, 2021

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Readers Write In #410: Pillaiyar Suzhi

September 22, 2021

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(by  G Waugh) ‘நீங்கள் தமிழில் எழுதினால் நாங்கள் கண்டிப்பாக படிப்போம்’ என்று என்னிடம் சில நண்பர்கள் கூறி இருக்கிறார்கள். ஏன் நான் சிறிதும் எதிர்பார்க்காத ஏன் மாமியார் அவர்களே ஒரு முறை கூறி இருந்தார். என் மேல் அவர்கள் வைத்திருக்கும் நம்பிக்கையையும் என் கருத்துக்களை தெரிந்துகொள்ளவேண்டி அவர்களுக்கு இருக்கும் ஆர்வத்தையுமே அது காட்டுகிறது. தமிழில் நான் எழுதாத முதல் காரணம் நான் ஆங்கிலவழி கல்வி பயின்றது தான். ஆங்கிலம் கற்றால் தான் பெருமை என்று என் […]

Interview: Naga Chaitanya (‘Love Story’)

September 21, 2021

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Readers Write In #409: Yuvan-ai Pol Oruvan

September 21, 2021

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(by  Kailasham) Yuvan’s compositions, especially the background score, have gone to serve as the backbone for an impressive array of movies that released in the 2001-2011. These pieces burnished the names of the movies into the audience’s consciousness and contributed to building the image of the heroes in these pictures. Think what Thimiru, Sandakozhi and […]

Readers Write In #408: A story of a 90’s kid

September 21, 2021

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(by Deepika Santhanakrishnan) During 2005, there lived a little girl doing class X by the name Deepika in St. Stephen’s School in Trichy. To describe this character, we have to travel back in time. She was the happiest of all kids who attended the first day in school. She gave out the loudest cry when […]

Deepak Sundarrajan’s ‘Annabelle Sethupathi’ (Vijay Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu) is a ghost-comedy that’s truly ghastly

September 17, 2021

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Ananda Krishnan’s ‘Kodiyil Oruvan’ (Vijay Antony, Aathmika) has a promising story that’s let down by a disastrous screenplay

September 17, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Kodiyil Oruvan has a great story, and had it been made in the 80s it would have been called Oru Thayin Sabhatham (a film with that title was actually made back then by T Rajender). The story begins in a village where a bunch of politicians pick a woman to contest the panchayat elections. Their idea […]

Manu Ashokan’s ‘Kaanekkane’ (Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi) is a lovely examination of human frailty in the guise of a detective thriller

September 17, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The same screenwriter Bobby-Sanjay and director Manu Ashokan, come back together for another film after Uyare—Kaanekkaane which stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, and Aishwarya Lekshmi. Like in Uyare, Kaanekkaane is about two layers of stories, and neither one is more important than the other. Usually, you have a text story and a sub-text kind of story, but here both […]

Nithin Lukose’s powerful ‘Paka’, world-premiering at Toronto Intl. Film Festival, pushes Romeo and Juliet to the background and brings the violence to the fore

September 15, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The English title of Paka is River Of Blood and it’s evident from the very first scene. An old man dives into a river to retrieve the body of a young man and nobody knows how he died. One of the many, many jokes in this movie is that all the expert divers are old men — […]

Interview: Vijay Antony (‘Kodiyil Oruvan’)

September 15, 2021

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Readers Write In #407: Emma Raducanu the ultimate fairytale tennis story

September 14, 2021

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(by Madan Mohan) Emma Raducanu made history at the US Open on Saturday as the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. The US Open was also the second Grand Slam she had ever entered, beating Monica Seles’ record (on the women’s side) of winning a slam title in the fourth one that […]

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Interview: Vijay (A spoilery deep dive into the art of dramatising JJ’s life)

September 13, 2021

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Readers Write In #406: Why Nehru was a horrible “founding father”

September 11, 2021

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(by Sudharshan Garg) Aman had posted a Reddit post (which I had rebutted in a detailed manner. Will repost it here) Let me start out with the easy way, the “positives” as listed ZERO civil wars ( China, Mexico, SL) Why is this “Nehrus achievement” now? Look up our history, starting say 500 bce from when […]

Shiva Nirvana’s ‘Tuck Jagadish’, with Nani and Ritu Varma, is an underwhelming count-the-clichés exercise

September 10, 2021

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Karthik Yogi’s ‘Dikkiloona’, with Santhanam, is a time-travel comedy/drama that really tests your patience

September 10, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… A time machine is the centerpiece of Dikkiloona, and it’s something that all of us have wished for. We could go back in time and fix things we wish we had done differently, whether it’s to do with family, relationships or work. This is a great concept and several great films have been made […]

Delhi Prasad Deenadayal’s okayish ‘Tughlaq Durbar’, with Vijay Sethupathi and Parthiban, has a great premise that needed an equally great screenplay to exploit its potential

September 10, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Tughlaq Durbar has a great premise that reminded me of one of my favorite Jim Carrey comedies, Liar Liar. Carrey‘s Fletcher Reede is a shit-talking lawyer who does anything to win a case. One day, he’s reduced to a state where he cannot say anything but the truth. The test of the film is how he […]

SP Jananathan’s ‘Laabam’, with Vijay Sethupathi and Shruti Haasan, is a disappointing series of lectures disguised as a movie

September 10, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… It’s really tragic when a director cannot see the release of his own film. As a filmmaker, SP Jananathan was a bit like Pa. Ranjith in the sense that he wanted to use his movies as vehicles to convey his ideals to the public. The difference is that with someone like Ranjith, the text comes […]

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