“Damaal Dumeel”… A shot in the dark

April 19, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… In an early scene in Shree’s Damaal Dumeel, a lawyer on television goes on an anti-IT rant. He wails that his salary of Rs. 15000 is ridiculously insufficient given how expensive everything is – rather, how expensive everything has become thanks to these kids employed in software firms who earn more, spend more, […]

“Tenaliraman”… Clown of thorns

April 19, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… Yuvaraj Dhayalan’s Tenaliraman isn’t about the real Tenaliraman, that wise jester of Krishnadevaraya’s court, but it opens with a classic Tenaliraman episode. (The character is played by Vadivelu, who also portrays the king of the realm, a man with 36 wives, 52 children, and a Salvador Dalí moustache.) Tenaliraman is guarding a temple […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The unknown soldiers of cinema”

April 18, 2014

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A small attempt at a redress for those who did interesting, innovative, things but remain forgotten by the establishment. VK Murthy’s demise brought forth a number of justly deserved tributes, and many of them focused (rightly) on his work with Guru Dutt. They spoke about the visuals in Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and the title […]

“Bhoothnath Returns”… The perfect ghost

April 13, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… How times change. In 1984, when Amitabh Bachchan was still playing the angry young man, his cure for the malignant tumour of political corruption, in Inquilaab, was to become Chief Minister and whip out a machine gun and pump bullets into the members of his party. Now that he’s older – and, on […]

Indian Premier Lok Sabha

April 12, 2014

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With all the hype and media coverage around the elections and the new IPL season, Baradwaj Rangan wakes up finding it difficult keeping the two events apart. My money’s on this. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be our next Prime Minister. Narendra Modi will lead the Mumbai Indians to victory. Television cameras, meanwhile, will zoom towards […]

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“Naan Sigappu Manithan”… A doze of action

April 12, 2014

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Spoilers ahead… It’s probably easier for a drama to handle an exotic medical condition. Moondram Pirai was about a woman with amnesia. Sethu told the story of a man who was, for all practical purposes, an amnesiac. The loss of memory, in these movies, was a vital part of the plot. Action films, on the […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Memories of another day”

April 11, 2014

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With film-based books, our enjoyment is twofold. We enjoy the memories in the book. And we enjoy our own memories that rise from these memories. In Nasreen Munni Kabir’s Conversations with Waheeda Rehman, the actress talks about a problem with a costume she had to wear for the Kahin pe nigahen song sequence in C.I.D. […]