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Readers Write In #75: Uyare soars high on its performances despite its predictability

May 15, 2019

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We have had dozens of movies that showcase a love affair gone wrong from the view point of the male protagonist, some of them even blaming or insulting the girl for having changed her mind about a boyfriend (what come to mind immediately are the ‘Why this kolaveri’ song and the more tongue in cheek […]

Readers Write In #74: Thoughts on the Nani-Shraddha Srinath starrer, JERSEY

May 2, 2019

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Spoilers ahead How often do you want to write about a movie that’s moved you? For someone who is in the verge of making his own film, being so moved by a film is a rarity. I went to watch Jersey expecting a decent movie with a few good moments. I came out in tears […]

Readers Write In #73: Delhi Crime : a Netflix crime drama series on the 2012 Delhi gang rape

March 31, 2019

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You would think that there would be nothing revelatory in a crime series on the Nirbhaya case, when one has read about it so much during the time when it happened. But as shown in movies like “Atonement”, any story can entirely change when the perspective changes. The newspapers then had mostly reported about police […]

Readers Write In #72: Between a god and a hard place: Being Raju in Kancharapalem

March 27, 2019

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“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent” – Stanley Kubrick  A young boy falls in love with a girl, prays to his god to help him woo her. The god seemingly blesses him only later to burn his hopes. The boy questions his god, […]

Readers Write In #71: Musings on ‘Good girls revolt'”, an Amazon Prime original series

March 24, 2019

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Like another enjoyable Amazon prime original TV show, “The marvellous Mrs Maisel”, “Good girls revolt” too has a period setting in the late sixties/ early seventies  and a theme of women trying to overcome inequalities while making a career. Based on events that actually happened, which inspired the book “The Good Girls Revolt : How the […]

Readers Write In #70: Why is everyone so impressed with Made in Heaven

March 18, 2019

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Spoilers… Made in Heaven has somehow become the toast of the season. Almost everyone I know who watches Amazon Prime, has been raving about it; and a quick glance at the critics’ reviews across the gazillion media outlets across India, indicates that they too have been impressed. I scratch my head, and not because I […]

Readers Write In #69: The Brothers Napoleon

March 3, 2019

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“Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Kumbalangi Nights is a beautifully crafted cinema. Each character in the story is well-etched. The movie takes us on an emotional roller-coaster from laughter to sadness to the joy of first love to the depth […]

Readers Write In #68: On the Bechdel test

March 1, 2019

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A film is said to pass the Bechdel Test if it contains at least a single scene in which two named female characters talk to each other about something other than a man. This is grossly misunderstood to mean that they should be prominent to the story and/or that the conversation should be about something […]

Readers Write In #67: The writing of To Let – A well intentioned imitation

February 26, 2019

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In present day Thamizh film scenario, To Let is an achievement. To mount a film with no known faces, shoot it minimally and to exude what is understood as an ‘Iranian’ film sensibility is no mean achievement. Its successful run in the theatres is heartwarming. A testimony to how the Thamizh audience has always encouraged […]

Readers Write In #66: Big Little Lies: Agatha Christie in a Monterey bottle

February 23, 2019

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I tend to be late in catching up with whatever TV show it is that is winning over the audience and the critics alike.  And so it was that I only caught 2017’s Big Little Lies during Weekend Binge last…uh…weekend.  This is even as Mrs Maisel is the much talked about show currently, or have […]

Readers Write In #65: Request for feedback

January 14, 2019

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Ajay Kumar wrote in asking for feedback on his writing. I gave him my opinion, and asked if I could put the piece up on the blog, so he could get other opinions, too. The brave man said yes 🙂 So here goes: PETTA – A Star is Reborn

Readers Write In #64: Gods & Demons: 25 Glorious years of Devasuram and Manichitrathazhu

December 26, 2018

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Devasuram and Manichitrathazhu, two of the most popular and iconic films in Malayalam film history were both released in the year 1993. In the years preceding their release, they have achieved mythic status in pop culture and solidified forever Mohanlal’s reputation of being one of of the greatest and most versatile star actors in the […]

Readers Write In #63: Kollywood sequels that matter

December 10, 2018

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To sequel or not to sequel, that is hardly the question in Kollywood these days. After enduring The Singam trilogy, Saamy X Saamy, Sandakozhi 2 and whatnot, I was wondering if we have taken this too far. I may have raised an eyebrow when I heard about Indian 2 and a Thevar Magan sequel (both […]

Readers Write In #62: Understanding agrarian crisis

December 8, 2018

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The following essay will give a brief introduction to the origins of the current agricultural crisis in India. Knowledge of the origins shall serve as an effective background to understand rising farmer unrest all over India. What is Liberalisation/Neoliberalism? India in 1991, in return for financial assistance from IMF and World Bank agreed to implementing […]

Readers Write In #61: Metacriticism – The difficulty of reviewing a movie in the digital age

December 2, 2018

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I watched the Rajnikanth starrer “2.0” yesterday and now I’m faced with a very difficult question. What do I say when a friend asks me: “How was the film?” No one’s going to look for a detailed analysis of the visual effects or the strength of the screenplay or whether there was a focal character […]

Readers Write In #60: Thugs of Hinduston is a fantastic tribute to Masala cinema and its leading men

November 19, 2018

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On why thugs of Hindostan is no lazy rehash of the masala formula , but a well constructed modern tribute that echoes back to best of the genre. Thugs of Hinduston has flopped badly at the box office. Neither the big star cast, nor the lucrative diwali weekend could save the film. The film critics […]

Readers Write In #59: Is the film playing Kill-Marry-Hook Up with its female characters?

November 11, 2018

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‘Kill-Marry-Hook Up’, for the uninitiated, is a conversation game where participants are presented with three names. They are then forced to map each name with exactly one option from ‘Kill’, ‘Marry’ or ‘Hook Up’. ‘Hook Up’ is usually replaced with a “profane” synonym, but let’s stick to the Koffee With Karan version of the title. […]

Readers Write In #58: Vada Chennai and Wasseypur: Rooting cinema with music

November 6, 2018

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It’s been merely weeks since Vada Chennai released and the film is being talked about as a work that will go down in Tamil cinema as a milestone. Apart from solid writing, good camerawork and some stellar performances, there’s another factor that elevates the movie: The distinctive music. Criticism has risen about the way the […]

Readers Write In #57: LGBTs in Hindi cinema in light of the 377 judgment

October 26, 2018

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Looking back at the delineation of LGBTs in Hindi cinema in general and in some recent releases in particular in light of the Section 377 judgment There no single or simple answer to “Which is the first queer Hindi film?” To some, it may be D.G. Phalke’sRaja Harishchandra, which had male actors playing the female […]

Readers Write In #56: Make a musical, Or Don’t: A rant on the usage of songs in modern Tamil cinema

October 18, 2018

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First in the ‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ review, and now in the ‘Vada Chennai’ review — I much liked BR’s views on the usage (or lack thereof) of good songs. I, for one, am really really glad that BR brought this up. I am an audiophile. I love listening to songs in the theater. I enjoy […]