Rahul Sankrityan’s reincarnation drama ‘Shyam Singha Roy’, on Netflix, begins shakily but finds its footing in the second half

January 27, 2022

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Readers Write In #438: 63 Years Later, Kaagaz Ke Phool Still Looks Magnificent

January 26, 2022

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By Vikas Yadav Suresh Sinha (Guru Dutt) is a successful film director. His ecstatic fans surround him for an autograph, and the camera films their faces with a sliding motion, hinting that this obsession is unstable and fugacious. Indeed, this glittery stardom yields zero personal merriment. Suresh is separated from his wife and daughter (the […]

Readers Write In #437: தொலைந்து போன தொகுப்புகள் – சட்டென்று மாறுது மனநிலை

January 26, 2022

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By ஓர் உயிரினம் 2006 பதினேழு வயதுபன்னண்டாம் வகுப்புபடபடக்கும் நெஞ்சுகத்திரி வெயில்காலை பொழுதுகணிப்பொறி முன் நான்எலியைத் தட்டிக்கொண்டே இருக்கிறேன்என் மதிப்பெண்ணை எதிர்பார்த்தும் எதிர்பாராமல்நெஞ்சடைக்கிறதுபயம் பீறிட்டு வருகிறதுPass-ஆனால் நல்ல கல்லூரிFail-ஆனால் சுமாரான கல்லூரி 2022 படிப்பின் படிக்கட்டுகள்பலதூரம் கடந்து வந்தபின்குளிர்பனி காலம்குடியரசு தினம்காலை பொழுதில்கணிப்பொறி முன் நான்அஸ்ஸாமிலிருந்து ஒரு வழக்கறிஞர்அவலத்துடன் கூறினார்எலியைத் தட்டிக்கொண்டே இருந்தோம்என் அக்காவின் பெயர்NRC பட்டியலில் உள்ளதா என்றுநெஞ்சடைக்கிறதுபயம் பீறிட்டு வருகிறதுPass-ஆனால் குடிமகள்Fail-ஆனால் detention center குடியரசு தின வாழ்த்துக்கள் இந்திய குடிமக்களே!

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Tamil Cinema Actors’ Round Table 2021

January 25, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Readers Write In #436: Moga Mul

January 24, 2022

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By Vikran MN I can’t remember a book which made me this sad in the recent times. Books that make me sad doesn’t necessarily have to be the most impactful ones. For example when I read ‘The Mill on the Floss’ it got me really sad but when someone would ask me about my top […]

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Darbuka Siva’s ‘Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee’, on ZEE5, is a pleasant but predictable school-time drama

January 21, 2022

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Rahul Sadasivan’s impressive ‘Bhoothakaalam’, on SonyLIV, has Revathi and Shane Nigam playing mind games on us

January 21, 2022

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Interview: Darbuka Siva (‘Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee’)

January 20, 2022

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Interview: Shane Nigam (‘Bhoothakaalam’)

January 20, 2022

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Interview: Revathi (‘Bhoothakaalam’, flashbacks and WCC)

January 20, 2022

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Interview: Vineeth Sreenivasan (‘Hridayam’)

January 18, 2022

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Twenty-five years of ‘Iruvar’

January 15, 2022

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Wrote this post on social media. Happy 25th birthday, IRUVAR. You came on Januray 14, 1997, and forever changed the people who liked Mani Ratnam’s films into two camps: The first said: “he used to be such a good storyteller who made such heartwarming films… I wish he made movies like MOUNA RAAGAM again”. The […]

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Readers Write In #435: Twenty-five years of ‘Minsara Kanavu’

January 15, 2022

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By Sundar Commemorating its golden jubilee year, AVM released Minsara Kananvu on Pongal, 1997. It was the directorial debut of Rajiv Menon, who was by then a famous cinematographer, thanks to Bombay. I had a ball watching Minsara Kanavu. We were some fifteen of us, exclusively school kids (grade details: withheld), watching one of the initial shows of the […]

No Stranger Conversations

January 15, 2022

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From R Kailasham: Dear Readers and Well-wishers: my e-book is out, and here is my announcement as promised. This book is a collection of short stories centred around conversations between strangers. In these imaginary conversations between fictitious characters, I explore how a dialogue stripped of “small talk” might look like. Borrowing the dictum that people open up […]

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Halitha Shameem and Richard Anthony’s films are the best in ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadha’, on Amazon Prime

January 14, 2022

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Tamil Directors Round Table 2021

January 13, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Tanglish Talks: Happy Pongal

January 13, 2022

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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 🙂 ! “Happy Pongal” என்று சொன்னால் எனக்கு ஒரு மாதிரி இருக்கும். இது உழவர் திருநாள். நான் ஏரை தொட்டது கூட கிடையாது. மாடு என்றால் பயம். கொம்பை வைத்து கீறி விடும் என்ற பயம். […]

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Interview: AR Rahman and Shekhar Kapoor (On their new stage show, how music happens, etc.)

January 12, 2022

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Interview: Balaji Mohan, Halitha Shameem and others (on their Amazon anthology ‘Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyadha’)

January 10, 2022

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The Spam: Fifty Shades of Mylapore

January 8, 2022

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Author Bio : Don Cavarcci works for a multilateral institution by day and is a cartoonist by night. He’s a classical music afficionado, both Western and  Carnatic, and made Chennai his permanent home since 2001. He lives in an apartment on the East Coast Road with his wife and kid aged 23 years old. In […]

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