Interview: Syam Pushkaran / Vineeth Sreenivasan (Thankam)

January 23, 2023

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Readers Write In #543: Children of Men

January 22, 2023

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By Karthik Amarnath Disney, Del Toro and the making of a puppet There’s two kinds of parenting stories. One kind is where your five year old looks at you with those puss-in-boots eyes, and tells you that she’s going to be a secret Santa this year. You’ve been such good parents, she says, that she’s […]

‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 3: Thoughts on ‘Mayakkam Enna’ (Movie of the Month)

January 20, 2023

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Interview: Rakul Preet Singh (Chhatriwali)

January 20, 2023

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Readers Write In #542: Annathe, Varisu, and oversimplified relationships

January 18, 2023

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By Thulasidasan Jeewaratinam (Written this when Annaathe came out and my recent viewing of Varisu only confirms this as timely. Posting only now). My recent viewing of Annaatthe confirmed my long-running doubts over the arcs Tamil Cinema was shaping (the extent of which this discussion prevails in other Indian language cinema(s) is excluded from this, […]

Interview: Manju Warrier (Ayisha, Thunivu)

January 18, 2023

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Interview: ‘Trial by Fire’ cast (Rajshri Deshpande, Abhay Deol) and director Prashant Nair

January 16, 2023

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Readers Write In #541: Vaalvi succeeds where Kuttey fails

January 16, 2023

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By Kartik Iyer Vaalvi is a Marathi movie that was released on the same date as Kuttey did: 13th January. It looks like it is made on a budget that is easily 1\4th of the budget of Kuttey, if not less. Despite the shortcomings of a small budget, independent funding, and a small, little-understood and underfed audience, Vaalvi is a far superior product […]

Readers Write In #540: 20 Years of Okkadu: The making of Mahesh Babu

January 16, 2023

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By Aman Basha Watching the birth of the Prince and also, a damn good, nay, great movie Nostalgia is an underrated emotion in our lives. Human memory is often selective in how it chooses to recollect the past. We often forget the bad and remember mostly the good, wishing for “those days” again. We seek […]

Book Excerpt: Escape for Love

January 15, 2023

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Author Bio : Rohit Ramachandran is a Company Secretary (CS) by profession and a storyteller by passion. When he was in fifth grade, William Wordsworth’s poem “My heart leaps up” inspired him to be a storyteller. Over the next two decades, he exploredvarious forms of storytelling such as writingshort stories and screenplays, drawing comics, and […]

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Anupam Patnaik’s ‘Pratikshya’ (Odia) is an affecting family drama about father-son friction and a lot more

January 14, 2023

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Spoilers ahead… The film has its share of issues. But the core of “why do bad things happen to good people?” rings true. There are many things to think about in Anupam Patnaik’s Pratikshya. One: Why do bad things happen to good people? Two: Why do sons struggle to connect with their fathers? Three: Is […]

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Exploring the Mindscape #1: With PC Sreeram

January 13, 2023

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Mindscape Matters, a YouTube channel about Mental Health Awareness, presents its first interview for the channel. Dr S Mohan Raj interviewed Cinematographer and Director PC Sreeram about Passion, Flow, Sustaining one’s passion and sharing one’s passion. For more, subscribe to: https://youtube.com/@Mindscapematters Copyright ©2023 MINDSCAPE MATTERS.

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Interview: Ramya Subramanian

January 13, 2023

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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 2: On the Pongal films and their stars

January 13, 2023

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Readers Write In #539: ‘Thunivu’ movie review: Screenwriting problems, star power solutions

January 12, 2023

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By S Srivatsan, freelance critic Isn’t Ajith Kumar the obvious choice to play Panjurli, the character Rishabh Shetty played in Kantara, if ever Boney Kapoor decides to remake and produce it in Tamil? I was thinking about the roar of Kantara. There is one thing Ajith is really good at: roaring, which he thinks rhymes with good […]

H Vinoth’s ‘Thunivu’ has a good premise for a heist movie but the writing does not match up

January 11, 2023

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Spoilers ahead… The film is tonally uniform, which helps to maintain the mood. But by the end, it is further proof that these big-star movies are a kind of IIT entrance exam for directors. In his recent interview with Galatta Plus, H Vinoth said that he doesn’t care as much about the “story” of his […]

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Vamshi Paidipally’s ‘Varisu’ is old wine in an older bottle, relying solely on Vijay’s “mass moments”

January 11, 2023

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Spoilers ahead… In the old days, these drastic shifts in mood and tone would be called bad screenwriting. Today, because of the way we consume unrelated content at a stretch on our phones, that complaint appears to have become invalid. If you look at the cast list in the Wikipedia page for Vamshi Paidipally’s Varisu, […]

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Interview: Rashmika Mandanna (Varisu)

January 11, 2023

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Interview: Vamshi Paidipally (Varisu)

January 10, 2023

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Interview: H Vinoth (Thunivu)

January 9, 2023

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