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Readers Write In #27: A conversation on art, criticism and society

November 4, 2017

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​’No a reviewer and a critic are not one and the same’ ‘Both of them do the work of guiding a consumer to choose the better product. They help us to differentiate between a good and a bad film. Don’t they?’ ‘No. You are defining a reviewer. He is probably cinema’s equivalent of a portfolio […]

Readers Write In #26: 50 Films That Changed Bollywood, 1995-2015

November 1, 2017

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The following is an excerpt from journalist/critic Shubhra Gupta’s book, 50 Films That Changed Bollywood, 1995-2015.  From the back cover: Hindi cinema was trapped in formulaic clichés for decades: lost-and-found themes, sacrificing mothers, brothers on opposite sides of the law, villains lording over their dens, colourful molls, six songs, the use of rape as a […]

Readers Write In #25: A Tropical Sojourn

October 22, 2017

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The following is a note from Anand Raghavan… Hi BR, Poetry is one of the most expressive forms of art. From time immemorial humans have captured all facets of their life across the world in this form. In this book, it is effectively used as a medium to capture the beauty of nature and life […]

Readers Write In #24: Amar Akbar Anthony – Mother India’s children

October 22, 2017

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I don’t like to repeat authors for Readers Write In, but I guess the timeliness was a factor in this piece. Also, have been remiss in posting these (and the Amateur’s Art shorts). Will resume this now. Amar Akbar Anthony (AAA from now on) completes 40 this year. To talk about the greatness of AAA […]

Readers Write In #23: MANK’s love affair with the movies

October 2, 2017

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For as long as i can remember, I have been in love with movies. My movie tastes may have evolved over a period of time , but I can’t remember  a period in my life when i wasn’t fascinated by them.  It has been one constant in my ever changing life . I don’t exactly […]

Readers Write In #22: My Views – In Questions

September 25, 2017

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Those wishful words! Those hopeful eyes! Those words spoken by the young girl who ended her life recently wasn’t just broken English, it was broken dreams. The thought of a young life rich with the potential of good deeds and actions ended by just a piece of cloth causes great pain to me. No explanation […]

Readers Write In #21: Unexpected blessing

July 16, 2017

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You are returning home at the end of another mundane day at work. Your idle mind is starting to play games with you. You suddenly catch yourself questioning the choices you have made in your life (“maybe I really should have done MS instead of MBA, maybe I should have avoided all the show boating […]

Readers Write In #20: Yama’s Lieutenant…

July 8, 2017

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The following is a note from Anuja Chandramouli… People always want to know what prompted me to write books in the currently red – hot, alleged cash cow that is the mythology genre. I have no idea what to say except that it is not something that I thought long and hard about, given my […]

Readers Write In #19: Of bandhs and the VCR boom

June 17, 2017

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I was in college in my sophomoron year (sic)  and I’d just discovered the joys of binging on Video cassettes. My  classmate in college was one of the first families to own a VCR (Video cassette Recorder) and I was a regular at his place, watching the old classics as well as the latest releases […]

Readers Write In #18: The Classic Actor in Tamil Cinema

June 10, 2017

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If one were to rethink T S Elliot’s illuminating article with cinema as the pivot and ask “Who is the classic actor” within the realms of Tamil cinema, a couple of names would immediately spring to mind. Following old industry practices, the names in the order of their appearances are Sivaji, Nagesh & Kamalji. The […]

Readers Write In #17: The Split Director

May 13, 2017

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M. Night Shyamalan’s first film was neither Wide Awake or The Sixth Sense. It was an indie drama known as Praying with Anger. Of course the film is not popular or even known that it existed unlike how the bad films by him are unpopularly remembered. Wikipedia describes the film as an exploration of a […]

Readers Write In #16: Just not Babies

May 6, 2017

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This short screenplay (click on the link below) was written by Sanjay NM for an NYC screenwriting competition. He was given genre,topic and character and asked to write a screenplay in 7 days. Just not Babies    

Readers Write In #15: The Forbidden Kiss

April 29, 2017

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It was still dawn when I stepped out of the cab and walked towards the entry gate of the Delhi airport. The early morning February air was pleasantly cold. I was travelling to Bengaluru to attend a college friend’s wedding. It had been four years since we graduated from the same college. This wedding was […]

Readers Write In #14: Back to school

April 19, 2017

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“When you’re a little kid, you are a bit of everything-artist, scientist, athlete, scholar. Sometimes, it seems growing up is like a process of giving those things up, one by one.” – The Wonder Years. When you live in Besant Nagar and your school is in Mandavalli, the one hour trip on the school bus […]

Readers Write In #13: Adho Megha Oorvalam and how Rahman gave Ilayaraja feedback

April 8, 2017

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I am a happy man these days.  My DTH provider is now offering me Jaya Max as a part of the package I have already subscribed to. Why Jaya Max?  Because it plays Ilayaraja tracks mornings 7 to 8 and nights 9 to 10.  Watching a TV channel to listen to music may seem an […]

Readers Write In #12: A Chennai story

March 27, 2017

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City | Chennai Location | Shivan Park, Ashok Nagar A bright little evening on a weekend, I was taking a walk with my friend/mentor, a man of action with words to match up for it. The usual gleeful evening crowd filled up the park ; Children playing see-saw and swing, parents with their kids, the badminton […]

Readers Write In #11: The World Cup that wasn’t

March 23, 2017

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India Won! The entire country won! The 11 men on whom hopes of 1.2 Billion people rested made the nation proud. A billion dreams, as someone wrongly said it, was made into reality. People were happy, which is good. However, I have just one problem with it. It seems to me that pride and nationalism […]

Readers Write In #10: Composers languishing in obscurity

March 11, 2017

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Tamil Cinema has been blessed to have been graced by a dizzying array of music composers, right from the days of Papanasam Sivan till  may I say… Santosh Narayanan, but lost in the vortex of box-office success, many have fallen by the wayside, this article is about my personal favorites , who were not as […]

Readers Write In #9: Aaromale

February 20, 2017

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‘Catcher in the Rye’ had spoiled me. It is always a problem when you meet a great novel. ‘Great’ in the sense, how the novel had hit you. It wouldn’t have hit you, had it not reflected your persona with such uncanny authenticity. Similar to how Vadivel gets surprised when someone reads his mind-voice. ‘Velila […]

Readers Write In #8: The Great Story Obsession

February 5, 2017

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Whenever I ask for feedback about a film from my friends, and if it turns out to be a negative one, I used to quote Kamal from Vasool Raja, ‘Nee enna solla pora nu therium, kadhaye illa nu sollapora’. Our audience strongly consider ‘The Story’ to be the garbagriha of a movie and would consider their pilgrimage […]