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Readers Write In #543: Children of Men

January 22, 2023

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By Karthik Amarnath Disney, Del Toro and the making of a puppet There’s two kinds of parenting stories. One kind is where your five year old looks at you with those puss-in-boots eyes, and tells you that she’s going to be a secret Santa this year. You’ve been such good parents, she says, that she’s […]

Readers Write In #542: Annathe, Varisu, and oversimplified relationships

January 18, 2023

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By Thulasidasan Jeewaratinam (Written this when Annaathe came out and my recent viewing of Varisu only confirms this as timely. Posting only now). My recent viewing of Annaatthe confirmed my long-running doubts over the arcs Tamil Cinema was shaping (the extent of which this discussion prevails in other Indian language cinema(s) is excluded from this, […]

Readers Write In #541: Vaalvi succeeds where Kuttey fails

January 16, 2023

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By Kartik Iyer Vaalvi is a Marathi movie that was released on the same date as Kuttey did: 13th January. It looks like it is made on a budget that is easily 1\4th of the budget of Kuttey, if not less. Despite the shortcomings of a small budget, independent funding, and a small, little-understood and underfed audience, Vaalvi is a far superior product […]

Readers Write In #540: 20 Years of Okkadu: The making of Mahesh Babu

January 16, 2023

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By Aman Basha Watching the birth of the Prince and also, a damn good, nay, great movie Nostalgia is an underrated emotion in our lives. Human memory is often selective in how it chooses to recollect the past. We often forget the bad and remember mostly the good, wishing for “those days” again. We seek […]

Readers Write In #539: ‘Thunivu’ movie review: Screenwriting problems, star power solutions

January 12, 2023

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By S Srivatsan, freelance critic Isn’t Ajith Kumar the obvious choice to play Panjurli, the character Rishabh Shetty played in Kantara, if ever Boney Kapoor decides to remake and produce it in Tamil? I was thinking about the roar of Kantara. There is one thing Ajith is really good at: roaring, which he thinks rhymes with good […]

Readers Write In #538: Dreams from the Cityscape

January 7, 2023

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By Sudharsanan Sampath This is a film.  Not a narrative film. But maybe a documentary?  I don’t think it can be called a documentary. It is something.  I’ve been living a very nomadic life, moving from town to town, city to city and country to country. I’ve always liked visiting and living in a big […]

Readers Write In #537: My journey with ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, from watcher to reader to writer

January 5, 2023

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By Krishnaraj Sambath As a Watcher FDFS (my first ever!) on 30-Sep-2022, 6PM show in Houston, TX. There were 5 of us in total in the theatre, including my wife and 4-yr old son. (Not the ear-deafening paper-showering cinematic FDFS experience I was hoping for) As a Reader Why did I pick up this book? […]

Readers Write In #536: My favourite Hindi films of 2022

December 31, 2022

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By Abhirup Mascharak Badhaai Do. Director: Harshvardhan Kulkarni. Hindi cinema has been tackling LGBT stories for a while now, and most of these films have woven their narratives around certain issues pertinent to the queer community: moral policing (Aligarh), coming out (Dear Dad), living at the intersection of queerness and other marginalized identities (Margarita with […]

Readers Write In #535: Love today…Wait, what love?

December 30, 2022

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By Madhumithaa S Respectably enough, Pradeep Ranganathan’s Love Today begins with a disclaimer that no animals or birds were harmed in the making of the movie. Errrrrr…did he forget something? What about harming humans with this movie? I am so furious that I’m not sure about where to start, and how to go about. But, […]

Readers Write In #534: Balls of Steel

December 29, 2022

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By Anonymous PART 1 – Houston, we have a problem! The period when you are 16-18 years old can be a harrowing phase in your life. There is not only a turmoil that is happening on the inside,  but also a battle that is being waged on the outside.  A period when every relative of yours is […]

Readers Write In #533: The Boy Who Cried Film

December 26, 2022

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By Karthik Amarnath The Greatest Show on Earth, Cecile B. Demille’s lavish 1952 film about a grand traveling circus opens with these lines: We bring you the circus. The pied piper, whose magic tunes lead children of all ages, from 6 to 60, into a tinsel and spun-candy world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter, […]

Readers Write In #532: Ending of ‘Better Call Saul’ Explained

December 21, 2022

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By Cholan Raje Jimmy is driven by a need for validation. Because of his life as a conman, the only people who ever loved and respected him were his parents and Marco. The relative scorn he received from everyone else always caused him to, in the back of his mind, have a low image of […]

Readers Write In #531: A few thoughts on ‘Goodbye’

December 15, 2022

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By Raghu Narayanan The movie Goodbye starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rashmika Mandanna, Neena Gupta and Ashish Vidyarthi among others was released on 7th October. It bombed at the box office and went without making much noise. I watched it over the weekend on OTT and came off with mixed feelings. Some aspects about the movie impressed […]

Readers Write In #530: Kantara: A Socio-Ethical Perspective

December 12, 2022

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By VS Shyam In the field of art, the more local you dive into, the more international your art will be. Kantara has become yet another testament to this assertion. One more similar biggie which made it to the international stage, was Karnan. The idea of stories based on folklore and the strong oppressing the […]

Readers Write In #529: Thoughts on GASLIGHT, RANGOON RADHA 

December 8, 2022

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By Vijaysree Venkataraman Gaslighting is the word of the year in 2022. According to the Merriam-Wester dictionary,the verb refers to the psychological manipulation of a person. Typically, the manipulation happens over a period of time and causes the victim to question the validity of their own perception of reality or memories.It often leads to “confusion, […]

Readers Write In #528: Thoughts on Love Today (Film)

December 8, 2022

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By Don Corleone The film Love Today talks about the superficiality of romantic relationships among youngsters of the day. Point to be noted is that it entirely stays away from any sort of comparison with earlier generations’ relationships, which I feel is a positive. Another positive in the film I feel is its entertainment quotient: it scores […]

Readers Write In #527: Gold – An overlong and indulgent comedy that only shines in parts!

December 2, 2022

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By Bharath Vijayakumar Like Naane Varuven earlier this year, we walk into Gold not knowing much about it. At least, Naane Varuven had a teaser, that kind of gave an idea on what to expect. In the case of Gold, even the teaser did not give anything away. But Alphonse had mentioned in his personal […]

Readers Write In #526: A ‘nauseating’ history, a memoir

November 29, 2022

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By G Waugh aka Jeeva P This was the first time I was travelling in a bus that ventured into narrow, serpentine roads full of bends that were extremely sharp that the driver seemed to drivelike a Rajnikanth-replica in a 90s Tamil movie climax trying to dodge the villain’s tanker lorry that intentionally wanted to […]

Readers Write In #525: Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey- An obscene class narrative masquerading as gender rights story

November 20, 2022

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By Sai Ganga R Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Hey is the latest entrant into the domestic abuse saga which have come up one too many off late. What differentiates the current crop of these movies from those of similar theme say of the 80’s is an element of black comedy that is peppered- This makes […]

Readers Write In #524: A translation of Jeyamohan’s ‘Sivam’

November 19, 2022

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By Macaulay Perapulla Author’s Note: This is my maiden attempt to translate one of my favourite short stories of Jeyamohan. I submitted this short story to Mozhi Prize 2022 competition. Since this blog has a thriving community of Jeyamohan readers, I thought of publishing the story here as well. Any suggestions and feedback that will […]