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My Favourite Film Decade – Bollywood in the 1980s

February 12, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/favourite-films-of-a-decade/baradwaj-rangan-80s-top-films/ One of the aspects of pop-culture that really, I mean really, gets to me is how unshakeable an opinion becomes. I call it the Curse of Perceived Wisdom. Here’s an example. Mahesh Bhatt once said, in some magazine, that the most erotic scene in Indian cinema […]

Viewer’s Voice: Mohammed Sabbit (Dulquer Salmaan fan)

February 11, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Sarath (AC Mechanic)

January 28, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Shanmughathaai (Eatery Owner)

January 7, 2019

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Mean tweets and comments – 2018 edition

December 26, 2018

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Viewer’s Voice: Karthikeyan (Shopkeeper)

December 24, 2018

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Happy 2019

December 19, 2018

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Dear readers, am on a break and may not be doing too much writing over the next few days. (You’ll see articles I’ve written earlier come up as and when they are published.) Wishing you all a very happy 2019. Cheers.

Viewer’s Voice: Valarmathi (Domestic Help)

December 10, 2018

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Viewer’s Voice: Arasan (Tailor)

November 26, 2018

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Viewer’s Voice: Venu (Herbal Pharmacist)

November 13, 2018

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Off the Topic: Sensitive Males

November 8, 2018

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A lot in this article really resonated with me. Any one else — man or woman — cares to weigh in? https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/highly-sensitive-man_us_5b464565e4b0e7c958f73cf4 Many people don’t have patience for a man in distress. We’re expected to pull ourselves up, lick our wounds and soldier on. I’ve always been super sensitive — the highs are high and […]

Off the Topic: Film lovers and frayed tempers?

November 4, 2018

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Based on the tone of comments in the past few years, I’ve been wondering whether we’ve grown snarkier, less patient to understand, less inclined to hear someone out and have a dialogue, more likely to stick to our pre-formed opinions? None of this is a problem, as such, and I am no fool in search […]

Viewer’s Voice: Arumugam (Istri Wala)

October 27, 2018

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Off the Topic: #MeToo

October 10, 2018

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I have a genuine (and somewhat abstract) question about all this, and let me begin by stating that I believe Chinmayee and others wrt to the Vairamuthu issue. But here’s the question I have. My “belief” is a gut feel, based on my “personal” conviction that these women are telling the truth — but it’s […]

My struggle with false copyright claims

October 8, 2018

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Kishor, who runs the YouTube channel called Moving Images, has sent a write-up on his experience with the copyright issues plaguing his channel.  Running a YouTube channel is not an easy thing, especially if one decides to make videos on an untapped and relatively unknown genre. I chose to make “video essays” on Tamil cinema […]

Readers Write In #51: My introduction to cowboys, horses, and westerns

October 3, 2018

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Born in 60s and growing up in Kanyakumari district from 4th to 12th grade, most of the movies I watched were Tamil movies, few English movies (once we moved to Nagercoil from Cheruppalur) and occasional Malayalam movies. I use the term English movies since I didn’t know the term Hollywood that time!! Exposure to terms […]

Reader request

October 2, 2018

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BR: A request. Would you be ok to open a miscellaneous thread where people can just talk about topics that interest them? I find the views of the commenters here very balanced and also interesting. Although we talk about stuff other than movies in the readers write in columns, often the discussions are again restricted […]

50k subscribers

September 15, 2018

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Almost exactly a year ago, we made the decision to branch off into a separate South channel. Today, we’ve crossed the 50,000 subscribers mark. A small milestone. A big thank-you.

Running between films at Venice, Cannes, Berlin… Why put yourself through the festival grind?

September 13, 2018

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/running-between-films-at-venice-cannes-berlin-why-put-yourself-through-the-festival-grind-5175061.html​ At the Venice Film Festival, this year, I ran into Peter Bradshaw, chief film critic at The Guardian. We were in line for a press screening, and we were generally chatting about the films we liked and disliked. The topic shifted to the nature of film festivals, […]

Critics

August 17, 2018

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Critics exist so a dialogue can exist about the art form. Not the business. https://t.co/aoDy10EOtO — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 29, 2016