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JK Rowling’s tweets, and Polish filmmaker Małgorzata Szumowska’s ‘In the Name Of’, a gay drama on MUBI

June 13, 2020

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He craves human contact. He asks his sister if she has someone to hug. She replies, “My children.” But that word reminds him of something that’s even more forbidden than his desires… As if to coincide with PRIDE month, June, a startling irony has been unfolding. You must have heard about JK Rowling’s “transphobic tweets”, […]

Readers Write In #200: Malgudi and cinema

June 7, 2020

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(by Ananya Natarajan) The title, Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi, is an apparent misnomer. It gives the sense that Mr. Sampath is the only printer in the bustling fictional town. This is not the case. We observe the events unfold through Srinivas’ gaze, who is hunting for a printer to print his newspaper. After facing many refusals, […]

Readers Write In #194: Devdas, Melancholia, and the City.

May 25, 2020

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(by Sagar Tetali) Why Devdas’ depression is about more than just Parvati, and why it is political. Indian cinema returns to Devdas every few years, ostensibly, due to the diktats of commerce—a successful formula—but also, it seems, as a way of understanding his predicament, like someone telling and retelling a story, remembering details and attempting […]

Readers Write In #193: The Boy Who Continues To Live

May 25, 2020

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(by Abishek Balaji) Revisiting the pop culture phenomenon of our generation Corona virus made me do, as RandeepHooda said, the one thing I thought I’d never do – clean my room. While navigating through mountains of clothes,gadgets,question papers and books, I had a near-Imtiaz Ali moment- I made shelf discovery. In it was 4 of […]

Readers Write In #189: A look at Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (on Prime) through the prism of the book it is based on

May 23, 2020

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(by Aparna Namboodiripad, who comments here as tonks) I’ve often asked myself why I am so fond of 19th century novels. I never get tired of re- reading them, and find myself repeatedly moved when I do. One reason probably is that classics are stories that have withstood the test of time, so there are […]

‘Red Beard’, the last Kurosawa-Mifune collaboration, is a film for these times, because it’s about healing and hope

April 3, 2020

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When Kurosawa asked Márquez if he had seen ‘Red Beard’, the writer replied, “I have seen it six times in 20 years and I talked about it to my children almost every day until they were able to see it…” Could there be a better time to talk about Red Beard? It was the great […]

Readers Write In #133: Parasite and The White Tiger: Doing what it takes

January 22, 2020

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(by Adhithya K R) The White Tiger was one of the darkest books that I’ve read. The book started with a former driver explaining that he had murdered his employer. It hadn’t been very difficult because his master had trusted him. For a while, after reading it, I was puzzled by how people trusted others […]

Readers Write In #129: My 2019 in Books – Top 10

January 10, 2020

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(by G Waugh) 1. Rishi Moolam by Jayakanthan Jayakanthan’s take on the Oedipus Complex just blew me away. I don’t know why I have this obsession with small books. This is easily the greatest novella ever written in Tamil. 2. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth The second place is taken by the longest book […]

Hariprasad Chaurasia: Breath of Gold

December 5, 2019

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A plug for my friend Sathya Saran’s book: HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA: BREATH OF GOLD, in her words (from the book). I thought it would be of interest to many readers of this blog. .1957. He watches the terrain swiftly sweep past, as the train rattles along. He is leaving behind everything familiar. Home, family, friends, and […]

Nine rupees an hour

November 23, 2019

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A plug for my friend Aparna Karthikeyan’s book: NINE RUPEES AN HOUR, in her words (from the book). I thought it would be of interest to many readers of this blog. Introduction When a livelihood dies a way of live vanishes; and the language too is diminished. Cho Dharman Let me tell you a story. […]

Bitty Ruminations 90 – A Little Life

November 17, 2019

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I’ve not had a very good run with fiction of late.  I can’t read the really junky books anymore. Once in a while, I may pick up a Harold Robbins or something, just for a change — but I prefer slightly (but not too) highbrow fiction. It’s almost always fiction. I am not much of […]

FC Recco: Tamil Translated Books, Pesamozhi Publications

September 10, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNulta Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

FC Recco – ‘Directors’ Diaries: The Road to Their First Film’

July 18, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Ym39kMJD0 Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

Forty years on, Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’ remains a great example of movie-poetry, easier to experience than explain

July 11, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/forty-years-on-tarkovskys-stalker-remains-a-great-example-of-movie-poetry-easier-to-experience-than-explain-6973641.html In 1972, the brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky published a Russian sci-fi novel titled Roadside Picnic, which centres on an extraterrestrial event called Visitation. This event results in “Zones”, mysterious (possibly supernatural) areas that have been cordoned off by the respective Governments. Instead of a single exposition […]

Books that changed you

July 9, 2019

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Jeevan R asked this question in the K Balachander #AskBR thread. I think it deserves a separate thread, especially if readers can chip in. What books have challenged your perception of world.. can you suggest few Good ones?

FC Recco – ‘Reel World: On location in Kollywood’

July 4, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Ym39kMJD0 Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

FC Recco – ‘The Film That Changed My Life’

June 6, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Ym39kMJD0 Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #76: Thamizh Cinema – Punaivil Iyangum Samoogam

May 27, 2019

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Is cinema merely a reflection of society or does it reinforce the existing beliefs of a society? This is the question left lingering in my mind after reading ‘Thamizh Cinema – Punaivil Iyangum Samoogam’ (Society living in Fiction). Stalin Rajangam’s book is an interesting collection of essays about Tamil cinema, its many layers and the […]

FC Recco – ‘Writers at the Movies’

April 25, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

FC Recco: ‘Masala Shakespeare’, by Jonathan Gil Harris

April 4, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.