Interview: Guru Somasundaram (Winner of ‘Best Actor’, India, at the Asian Academy Creative Awards)

December 3, 2022

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For more, subscribe to GALATTA PLUS: https://tinyurl.com/ysbkyrht The annual Asian Academy Creative Awards are presented every December as part of the Singapore Media Festival. They recognise excellence in the film and television industry across 16 nations in the Asia-Pacific region. Guru Somasundaram has won ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for Minnal Murali, and he […]

Vivek’s underwhelming ‘The Teacher’ (Malayalam) might have worked better as a pulpy B-movie than a “serious film with good intentions”

December 2, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Amala Paul shows us the grit in a woman who faces difficult choices – but both she and Hakkim Shajahan are let down by the predictable writing.  Vivek follows Athiran with The Teacher, and one of the nicest bits of the film takes place in a bus. Sujith (Hakkim Shajahan) is on a […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Readers Write In #527: Gold – An overlong and indulgent comedy that only shines in parts!

December 2, 2022

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By Bharath Vijayakumar Like Naane Varuven earlier this year, we walk into Gold not knowing much about it. At least, Naane Varuven had a teaser, that kind of gave an idea on what to expect. In the case of Gold, even the teaser did not give anything away. But Alphonse had mentioned in his personal […]

Coming soon: The Galatta Plus Round Table 2022

December 1, 2022

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Interview: Suresh Krishna (‘Baba’ re-release)

November 30, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Readers Write In #526: A ‘nauseating’ history, a memoir

November 29, 2022

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By G Waugh aka Jeeva P This was the first time I was travelling in a bus that ventured into narrow, serpentine roads full of bends that were extremely sharp that the driver seemed to drivelike a Rajnikanth-replica in a 90s Tamil movie climax trying to dodge the villain’s tanker lorry that intentionally wanted to […]

Interview: SJ Suryah, Pushkar-Gayathri, Andrew Louis (Vadhandhi)

November 28, 2022

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Prithvi Konanur’s superb ‘Hadinelentu (Seventeeners)’ opened the Indian Panorama section at IFFI; it’s about a leaked sex tape, and is a scalpel-sharp dissection of caste

November 25, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… I was riveted by this story about a Brahmin boy and a Dalit girl. It’s like watching a gut-churning Asghar Farhadi melodrama filmed in Michael Haneke’s detached CCTV- style. Hari and Deepa (Neeraj Mathew and the excellent Sherlyn Bhosale) are Class XII students. They find an empty classroom, have sex, and record it […]

Prasun Chatterjee’s Dostojee is a moving, lyrical drama about a childhood that struggles to transcend communal tensions

November 24, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… This Bengali drama, set a few months after the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Bombay blasts, resists emotional manipulation and rings true. The title of Prasun Chatterjee’s Dostojee is an affectionate term for a friend, and the film revolves around Palash and Safikul (Asif Shaikh, Arif Shaikh), who are best friends […]

Posted in: Cinema: Bengali

Jeo Baby’s terrific ‘Sree Dhanya Catering Service’ is a funnier, more free-flowing take on ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’, with men doing the cooking this time

November 23, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Recently, many films have used humour as a vehicle for thorny subjects, but Jeo Baby’s balancing act is possibly the best – he is not inviting us to laugh at these characters, but with them. Let’s begin with an echo shot. Jeo Baby’s Sree Dhanya Catering Service opens with a few men huffing […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Readers Write In #525: Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey- An obscene class narrative masquerading as gender rights story

November 20, 2022

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By Sai Ganga R Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey is the latest entrant into the domestic abuse saga which have come up one too many off late. What differentiates the current crop of these movies from those of similar theme say of the 80’s is an element of black comedy that is peppered- This makes […]

Readers Write In #524: A translation of Jeyamohan’s ‘Sivam’

November 19, 2022

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By Macaulay Perapulla Author’s Note: This is my maiden attempt to translate one of my favourite short stories of Jeyamohan. I submitted this short story to Mozhi Prize 2022 competition. Since this blog has a thriving community of Jeyamohan readers, I thought of publishing the story here as well. Any suggestions and feedback that will […]

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Anjali Menon’s intermittently effective ‘Wonder Women’, on SonyLIV, is best enjoyed as an experiment in narrative technique

November 18, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… The screenplay tries to pack in too much in too little time, but just being around these talented ladies is going to be enough for many. The “one line” of Anjali Menon’s Wonder Women would be something like this: Six pregnant women attend a prenatal class, and experience both frictions and friendships. But […]

Senna Hegde’s ‘1744 White Alto’, with Sharaf U Dheen, is a kind of stoner comedy where some jokes land big-time while others feel forced

November 18, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… For everything that works – say, a random bit with a lottery seller – there are things that seem to be trying too hard. I got the sense that the problem was with the pacing.  Senna Hegde began with a feature-length documentary set in Kanhangad, which is where 1744 White Alto is also […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

R Kaiser Anand’s ‘Anel Meley Pani Thuli’, starring Andrea Jeremiah as a rape survivor, on SonyLIV, is a strong story that needed stronger writing

November 18, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… There are many good points – both narratively, and with regard to character – in this film produced by Vetri Maaran. But everything feels like a “list of things to be included” rather than something organically woven through a script. Andrea Jermiah plays a sports-store manager named Mathi in R Kaiser Anand’s Anel […]

Interview: Vetri Maaran, Andrea Jeremiah, Kaiser Anand (Anel Meley Pani Thuli)

November 16, 2022

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Readers Write In #523: How fiction and non-fiction complemented each other in building my politics

November 14, 2022

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By G Waugh aka Jeeva P Those who introduced me to reading were all people who had no prior experience in non-fiction. As a result, my early reading habit centred around nothing other than fiction. Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens were my first three authors. By this time (in 2011) when I […]

More than enough

November 14, 2022

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A plug for a self-help book that guides students to enjoy the experience of learning, instead of concentrating on just marks. Author: Dr. D. V. Sivapriya, Professor and Head, Department  of Physiology, Panimalar Medical College Hospital and Research Institute. Narrative Memoir for students The book is published in both English and Tamil  language and is […]

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Interview: Abhishek Bachchan (Breathe: Into the Shadows)

November 14, 2022

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Vasan Bala’s ‘Monica, O My Darling’, on Netflix, with Rajkummar Rao and a top cast, is a very enjoyable ‘retro’ murder-mystery, propelled by a super-retro score

November 11, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… You could see this stylish, irreverent, noir-like film as the bastard child of Thiagarajan Kumararaja and Harmesh Malhotra, who made ‘Nagina’. Snakes play an important role here… The colour red is everywhere in Vasan Bala’s Monica, O My Darling. It’s in the neon lights in a factory. It’s in the paint, in the […]