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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


A lot in this article really resonated with me. Any one else — man or woman — cares to weigh in? 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Read the full article on Firstpost, here:​ 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, […]


August 17, 2018


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

Bitty Ruminations 89 – Efficiency tips.

June 25, 2018


I’ve always been a very organised person, and one of the tools that keeps me sane is making a list in the morning — all the to-do things, small and big, including the leftovers from the previous day. The idea is not to do it all, but just get a sense of what needs to […]

Bitty Ruminations 88 – Caste and ‘Kaala’

June 18, 2018


It’s usual to see increased levels of discussion when it comes to big films. It’s also not surprising to see more people chiming in to say “yes, I agree with you” or “I disagree.” But the Kaala discussions have been unusually sobering. When I wrote the imaginary Q and A, some regular commenters here felt […]

Baradwaj Rangan, let’s talk about bias!

June 14, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Because it’s impossible to have a proper conversation on Twitter, I imagine a chat with critics of my ‘Kaala’ review and argue why form is important and why ‘Mani Ratnam’ isn’t a bad word. There may be spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen ‘Kaala’. So you’re […]

Readers Write In #41: A Commoner in Cannes

May 26, 2018


I have been going to film festivals here and there over the past few years. Devouring movies in jam-packed schedules – three a day on average, eight my highest – while cramming in dark halls with droves of people, scavenging on cheap fast food, sleeping on questionable beds, and almost always falling ill after is […]

A journalist’s view of the Cannes Film Festival and its touching commitment to cinema

May 7, 2018


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: The Cannes Film Festival is a curious beast. There’s no doubt it’s more snobbish than, say, the Berlinale – but this aloofness is part of the attraction. The old Groucho Marx quip (later appropriated by Woody Allen in Annie Hall) comes to mind: “I don’t care to […]

Readers Write In #40: An Unquiet Place

May 6, 2018


I recently watched ‘A Quiet Place’ at a theater. By myself. I’d noticed a few empty rows on the online booking portal. It seemed like the perfect way to watch an horror movie: all alone and in a mostly empty cinema hall. What better way to spend an idle afternoon in Chennai? I arrived fifteen […]

Readers Write In #39: Kadhal 2 Kalyanam

April 30, 2018


How hard is it to make a rom-com ? Though every tamil cinema that hits our screen has an obligatory love story, with duets, stalker glorifying songs, why can’t they make a full blown love story without boring the life out of people. All love stories are clichéd , they all have happy endings, people […]