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In ‘Thalaivii’, writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and Vijay refashion the Jayalalithaa story into a solid mythical melodrama, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami

September 8, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Vijay’s Thalaivi, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami, is finally out in theatres after a very, very long time. And I must say that the film deserves the large screen. One reason I say this is because the film’s got scope, it’s got scale and it’s got grand production design. It looks fantastic on screen […]

Interview: Vijay Sethupathi (‘Laabam’,’Annabelle Sethupathi’,’Tughlaq Durbar’)

September 7, 2021

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Interview: Kangana Ranaut (‘Thalaivi’, plus her acting process)

September 6, 2021

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Interview: Pa Ranjith (FRONT ROW, with Anupama Chopra, plus audience Q and A)

September 4, 2021

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Interview: Ravi K Chandran (Masterclass on Cinematography)

August 24, 2021

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Readers Write In #397: Bell Bottom is one heck of a ride

August 22, 2021

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(by An Jo) ‘BELL BOTTOM’, the first Hindi film to be released in theaters since the lock-down, is quite an interesting film; which also includes the part the Akshay Kumar is the first actor to take the bullet for the suffering industry by releasing it in theaters knowing fully well that it could end up […]

Interview: Vishnuvardhan (on his ‘Billa 2’ script, his Bollywood debut with ‘Shershaah’…)

August 10, 2021

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A tour through Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s cities of dreams

August 9, 2021

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It’s 25 years since ‘Khamoshi: The Musical’ released. In a Hindi cinema landscape littered with Hollywood-inspired filmmakers, Bhansali is one of the last of the traditionalists. There is a sense of cosmic justice that Fyodor Dostoevsky’s White Nights drew the attention of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who refashioned the story as Saawariya, which is at once […]

Readers Write In #386: Shakti: Third and Final Act of Hindi Cinema’s Oedipal Trilogy

July 20, 2021

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(by Aman Basha) Shakti begins in a similar fashion as did another Ramesh Sippy directed, Salim Javed scripted most iconic of Indian films, Sholay, at a station as a policeman waits for a train on a platform. Barring its opening scene, Shakti is unlike any other film Ramesh Sippy had ever made to that point. […]

Readers Write In #382: Who is the real Sherni?

July 7, 2021

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(by Ashwini Kulkarni) Bollywood depicts popular culture where good has to win over evil. But if your story is dealing with Indian bureaucracy, can it be a straight forward good versus evil? Amit Masurkar’s ‘Newton’ and ‘Sherni’ have an Indian officer, someone in authority as the protagonist. In the first the theme was democracy and […]

Dilip Kumar, Indian Film Star Who Brought Realism to Bollywood, Dies at 98

July 7, 2021

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Mr. Kumar, one of India’s earliest Method actors, was the last survivor of a triumvirate of actors who ruled Hindi cinema in the 1950s and ’60s. Dilip Kumar, the last of a triumvirate of actors who ruled Hindi cinema in the 1950s and ’60s, died on Wednesday at Hinduja hospital in Mumbai, India. He was […]

Readers Write In #380: Sherni is alarming, excellent

July 6, 2021

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(by Pooja Nair) Sherni is not a title role for Vidya Balan and thank God for that. No disrespect to Ms Balan who is excellent as a forest officer trying to do her job, and nothing but. Sherni is T12, a tigress, a mother, trying to progress from the borderlands to the jungle. In her way are […]

Readers Write In #377: ‘The family man’ is one of the best things to happen to the Indian entertainment sector, and it owes more to its characters than anything else

July 2, 2021

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(by Alex John) I am not a big fan of TV/web series. As an old schooler who got used to the movie sensibilities, the marathon modes of entertainment are quite alien to me. No matter how hard I try, I can’t quite warm up to the idea of waiting for a year or more to […]

The Family Man

June 23, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: The excellent first season of The Family Man showed how even a familiar, tried and tested tale can be elevated through genius-level writing. It’s basically the same old cops and robbers template with Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) and his team going after a bunch of Islamic extremists in a deadly cat and mouse game. […]

My two-part interview by Raunaq Mangottil (on nostalgia, Nayagan, theaters, reading, screenwriting & train journeys)

June 11, 2021

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Interview: Malavika Mohanan

June 1, 2021

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Readers Write In #369: Saina and what do we really want from sports films?

May 26, 2021

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(by Madan) Saina, the biopic about Saina Nehwal, has attracted criticism for following the Bollywood playbook on sports films to a T.  The question is, though, what is a sports film supposed to be about? Is there an argument to be made that some critics expect something that sports films by their very nature cannot deliver? I […]

Readers Write In #364: Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai is better than Race 3 and, that’s all I need this Eid

May 15, 2021

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(by Aman Basha) Amidst the hurricane of events completely out of the blue, with unexpected turns and twists seemingly designed to torture the mind (quite surprising how our collective state is so similar to the first day, first show audience of Race 3), it was quite the relief that on Eid, at least something was […]

Mani Ratnam: OK Kanmani and Matters of the Heart

April 26, 2021

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Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy’s ’99 Songs’, with Ehan Bhat and Edilsy Vargas, is an experimental, music video-styled dive into AR Rahman’s mind

April 16, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: 99 Songs has been directed by Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy, but the speciality is that the story and music are by AR Rahman. We’re introduced to Jay (Ehan Bhat) and Sofia (Edilsy Vargas). Jay is a struggling musician and Sofia is a super-rich woman with a super-rich dad (Ranjit Barot). We think this is going to […]