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Readers Write In #152: The maddening need for closure

March 30, 2020

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(by Adhithya K R) Sometimes we want to know what could happen. Sometimes we want to know what happens next. When a friend recommended Spoorloos to me, he narrated a scene from the movie to me. A man stands at the edge of a building and thinks whether he should jump or not. Any sane […]

Readers Write In #151: The One With The Rosebud

March 28, 2020

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(by Amit Joki) Author’s note: This was the script I had written and submitted to the Amazon Prime Originals when they were still accepting scripts. Obviously, it did not get selected. So I thought of publishing it in BR’s blog but he rightly suggested that the screenplay format would be difficult to read and asked […]

Readers Write In #150: The healing, therapeutic effect of Aye Sinamika

March 25, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) The world is in distress after the outbreak of the deadlyCOVID-19 or Coronavirus. Every time you turn on the TV or look at your mobile, we get to see news of new positive cases tested in India or elsewhere and the death toll as a result of this virus. It’s impossible to […]

Readers Write In #149: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 13 – The Indian Connection – Part Two

March 14, 2020

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. Chapter 2 is here. Chapter 3 is here. Chapter 4 is here. Chapter 5 is here. Chapter 6 is here. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Chapter 10 is here. Chapter 11 is here. Chapter 12 is here. EASTERN […]

Readers Write In #148: Missed Movies and their honest short film

March 14, 2020

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(by Adhithya KR) The name Missed Movies caught my attention on YouTube one day. It brought up this image in my mind of silent library books that were gathering dust on the shelves. Books that were wedged between the bookshelf and flashy novels while a librarian tried finding them and recommending them to the few […]

Readers Write In #147: Betray-Maaran: Exploring an insidious emotion

March 4, 2020

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(by Adhithya KR) “I never felt like I didn’t have a father -” Slash. Pettaikaaran deftly slits his own throat as only one practiced in culling roosters can. He falls, dooming Karuppu to a life of running from the law. Aadukalam was the first Vetrimaaran movie I watched and that scene was etched into my […]

Readers Write In #146: Parasite from a corporate perspective

February 26, 2020

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(by Srikar Reddy) NOTE: I’m assuming you have seen Parasite. If not, the writing wouldn’t make any sense. A lot has been spoken about the Parasite’s social commentary. The way the film takes on capitalization in a not-so-subtle manner made the audience across the globe empathize with the story. Writer-director Bong Joon Ho in a […]

Readers Write In #145: ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and why we need to respect our auteurs

February 17, 2020

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(by N Madhusudhan) I haven’t seen Love AajKal (2020) yet. The vicious attack against the film, which is supposedly Imtiaz Ali’s worst, has slightly dented my interest levels. This has happened before. I still haven’t watched Jab Harry Met Sejal. I took my time to watch Tamasha, which is now receiving so much love, because […]

Readers Write In #144: The Tatami Galaxy: An absurd love story across universes

February 17, 2020

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(by Adhithya KR) Stories are a medium of escape. They let the creator give life to a hundred different lives they might have lived in their head. A chance decision taken one morning while registering for a certain class or talking to a certain person might have changed everything about life. Roads that are casually […]

Readers Write In #143: Why ‘Parasite’ doesn’t deserve the best picture Oscar despite being really good

February 12, 2020

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(by Alex John) Nobody can argue against the fact that Parasite is an enthralling movie. I don’t either. But is it worthy of the most celebrated film award in the world? A lot of people would say yes, but I beg to differ. This probably is the most difficult piece I have written because I […]

Readers Write In #142: Thoughts on ‘Seeru’

February 9, 2020

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(by Varsha) Spoilers ahead This is the season of serial killers, that too, mostly men preying on women. But then, this is also the season of women empowerment dramas. Oh, the irony! It’s almost as if male directors are of two types: some want to lift women to the limelight(spiritual), while others simply want to […]

Readers Write In #141: Indian historical pieces and why they suck- a rant

February 5, 2020

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(by Sudharshan Garg) A Rani of Jhansi jumps almost what seems to be a 100 feet from the rampart of a castle on a horse, the horse must be “Superhorse” as it lands without injury and she rides away, to fight another day. Tanaji Malsure (I refuse to use that numerology derived Tanjhaji) must have […]

Readers Write In #140: Comparing Time-Travel: X-Men vs Avengers

February 1, 2020

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(by Barry) Over the years, Time Travel in films has been implemented in a variety of entertaining ways. Both the X-Men Cinematic Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have had a critical movie that saw the characters use Time Travel as a device to solve a problem. This element of science-fiction has always been a […]

Readers Write In #139: ‘Panga’ Inspiration: A mum looking for second chances…

February 1, 2020

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(by Madhuri Kannan) When I watched the Hindi movie ‘Panga’ trailer, I was reminded of a lot of thoughts that were going on in my mind a couple of years ago. The days when I had happily taken a break from my career to take of my son, his school, his needs and prioritizing my […]

Readers Write In #138: ‘Psycho’ and Mysskin’s abusive relationship with his audience

January 30, 2020

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(by Adhithya K R) I am thoroughly confused whenever I watch a Mysskin movie. Some things just don’t make sense. It’s not about what happened or how it happened, but why Mysskin chose to do it in that way. More baffling to me is the fact that certain scenes make me feel deep emotion in […]

Readers Write In #137: The hazy poetry of ‘Psycho’

January 30, 2020

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(by Venky Ramachandran) Dear Mysskin, As I walked out of the theater yesterday, I walked out with open arms with an ineffable urge to find you and hug you! What a beautiful movie you’ve made! Sure, there were flaws. Which movie doesn’t? And that’s not the point. Why do I love your movies? Every time […]

Readers Write In #136: Of Goddess and Women

January 26, 2020

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(by Karthik Amarnath) A viral visual from the recent array of protests showed an army of men in protective gear. Facing a young woman carrying a rose. It reminded me of another visual from a twenty year old movie song that showed an army of men with tanks and guns. Around a young woman clothed […]

Readers Write In #135: Reconnect

January 22, 2020

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(by Iniya, the 14-year-old daughter of Aravindan R, a regular reader of this blog) PROLOGUE – FORTNIGHT  Me That’s it. My life’s over. What will everyone say? Nah! Who cares what they say. Like I’m going to tell them. They’ll probably laugh at me. None of it matters now, without her. She was the only joy in […]

Readers Write In #134: Why we need more shows like ‘Sex Education’ in India

January 22, 2020

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(by Sai Sagar) In a recent discussion with a friend, the netflix series Sex Education came up. He remarked that I might as well be acquainted with the education part, given that the first half of the title will always elude me. The joke here is on both of us. Firstly one doesn’t “GET” Sex […]

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 […]