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Readers Write In #237: If only feel goods feel this good (Tu Hai Mera Sunday)

August 4, 2020


(by Vikram MN) Wikipedia describes it a ‘Slice of life film’, a term I have never heard of, but has a nice tinge to it and in a way describes the whole film. It’s not an easy thing to make a feel-good film without feeling guilty of compromising something just for the sake of making […]

Readers Write In #236: A quick guide to Darwin and Marx

August 1, 2020


(by G Waugh) The focus of the essay will be on how new species of life are created through Darwinian concepts of evolution and how the same concepts were applied to concepts of socio-economic theory by Karl Marx. Every generation of a species tends to produce the same kind of offspring with characteristics identical or […]

Readers Write In #235: Rejoinder/fan fiction/antithesis on the microshort series Mopmandai Marthandan

July 31, 2020


(by H Prasanna) The micro-series is here: Mopster Strangelove, or recontextualizing the story of an anthropomorphic mop from a human perspective Rise of the Planet of the Mops, Mop Runner, Mopey Dick, and RoboMop were the titles that ran across my mind when I started writing this. This was when the Mops had just […]

Readers Write In #234: Sushant Singh Rajput and AR Rahman

July 29, 2020


(by Reane Taara) On June 14th, 2020; Sushant Singh Rajput ‘allegedly’ took his own life. This created quite a stir. To the people of the South, he was reel life Dhoni,which meant he was as loved as MSD. The time he visited Chennai with MS is proof that he was accepted by the people here. […]

Readers Write In #233: The blind man and the waterfall

July 29, 2020


(by Abishek Balaji) “July 31, 2055. 11:45pm. Seventy five years since Harry Potter and Ninety years since JK Rowling was born. Seven years since Southern India went down under the Sea. The 19th Revised Hunger Games Fifth Edition Phase 1. If I win this by defeating my 50 other counterparts, I go to the next […]

Readers Write In #232: A near perfect family drama

July 29, 2020


(by Vikram MN) In fact, its perfect family drama if you negate the fact that it happens in Coonoor but you can’t see a single south Indian or a single person who talks Tamil properly. If you gonna make a film sans authenticity why chose a place where none speak Hindi. It could have been […]

Readers Write In #231: Memory is stronger than physical presence in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

July 27, 2020


(by Shri Swaminathan) It’s quite obvious now, more than ever that the certainty of people around us, the need for physical connection, all our extroversive activities, feel more significant than ever. As to why, well they’re all a memory of the past. Back in the days of accessibility, hanging out with a bunch of people […]

Readers Write In #230: HER

July 26, 2020


(by G Waugh) Art allows one to enjoy aspects which others might find very ordinary or superficial. Literature that is generally premised on a healthy imagination helps one to enjoy things which are not immediately perceptible to others. For example, I can sit inside a dull and gloomy Electromagnetic Theory Classroom for more than two […]

Readers Write In #229: Nehru gets left and right!!

July 25, 2020


(by G Waugh) Nations get great leaders quite easier than they get intellectuals. Jawaharlal Nehru was chosen for the position by the Mahatma even if there was not a single area of concurrence between them. Nehru considered himself a mix of both the West and the East and he tried his best to represent the […]

Readers Write In #228: Milk packet

July 24, 2020


(by Subash Subramani) MORNING, 6:00 AM “WAKE UP,FILTHY” yelled sujatha to her step son who is not even considered as a human to herself. “Please amma let me sleep for sometime more , I was up till 2 o clock working night shift” Siva replied without opening his eyes. “How dare you raise your voice […]

Readers Write In #227: Kubrick ends on a high!

July 24, 2020


(by G Waugh) Stanley Kubrick’s last film before his death, Eyes Wide Shut released 21 years ago. It struck a deep chord inside many audiences then, even though it is still not rated as one of his best. But just like every other work of him, even if it works on and off at the […]

Readers Write In #226: OTT platforms can revamp the fragile scaffold of Indian cinema

July 24, 2020


(by Alex John) So, what was once presumed to be extraordinary is gradually becoming the new-normal in the cine world, like the many other new-normals that came into being in this ill-starred year. I was under the impression that this will be pushed further by the procrastinative Indian system, but to my surprise, a lot […]

Readers Write In #225: Keeping Up With Vanitha Vijaykumar

July 22, 2020


(by H Prasanna) Vanitha, who began her career as an actress, has cemented herself as a true maverick of reality TV in Tamil Nadu with her new YouTube channel and (now closed) Insta account. This is decidedly not reality television in terms of production and narrative control. It is a gossip column news story elevated […]

Readers Write In #224: Arjun Reddy is a landmark of Telugu Cinema, regardless of its moral incorrectness

July 21, 2020


(by Ram Venkat Srikar) If you’re a non-Telugu-speaking movie buff who discovered Telugu cinema during the lockdown, relying on the multitude of OTT services, it is highly likely that your cinematic comprehension of Telugu cinema is confined to OTT hits, which mostly represent the good side of the Telugu cinema. For instance, the majority of […]

Readers Write In #223: You and me are stars!! Wait. What?

July 17, 2020


(by G Waugh) Linklater’s films give me an easy start to plunge into a theme reducing the time I spend on staring at a blank sheet of paper. “You are both stars, don’t forget. When the stars exploded billions of years ago, they formed everything in this world” The first time I heard these lines […]

Readers Write In #222: Was man made only to survive and accumulate?

July 15, 2020


(by G Waugh) “The realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and of mundane considerations ceases” This was Karl Marx as early as the 1800s. Marx wanted to divest labour from its criticality in ensuring survival and its indispensability in the pursuits of acquiring one’s own basic requirements for […]

Readers Write In #221: Why there are so many rapes in today’s India?

July 11, 2020


(by G Waugh) Pick any social or cultural phenomenon of today and try to analyze it. If your analysis does not involve the economic aspect underlying it, you are probably not analyzing it enough. The world of today was not the world we saw a couple of decades ago. The Chennai I grew up in […]

Readers Write In #220: The Greek hero

July 8, 2020


(by G Waugh) Sivaraman is a clerk in a chemical firm owned by the government who lives with a small family of two kids and a wife. His monthly compensation is modest and in an increasingly commodity-obsessed society he often struggles to make ends meet. But he is unlike many others in the society for […]

Readers Write In #219: Excuse me for singing a rare raga

July 6, 2020


(by Jayram Satluri) “What a wonderful time I’ve having tonight!” I whisper to myself as I am watching greatness on the dais. The main vocalist has just mesmerized the audience with a terrific sub-main for 50 mins.His youthful enthusiasm and his beautiful voice have completely touched my heart and soul.He has just started the next […]

Readers Write In #218: Thoughts on casteism – Fandry, Pariyerum Perumal

July 6, 2020


(by Ninad Kulkarni) A dialogue from Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades, “Jo kabhi nahi jaati woh jati”. (The one element that never castaway is a caste) makes an ever-lasting remark. The practices of casteism are prevalent in the remote areas where education has a far-fetched impact, nevertheless, even urban areas have fallen prey for the practice – […]