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Readers Write In #113: Why Babies Cry?

November 13, 2019

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(by Amit Joki) When I saw the first light of my life, I was bewildered. There were so many unknown people who were poking me, disturbing my cheeks, pulling my fingers and toes. It seemed to me these people had no jobs but to have a go at me. I was powerless. My tiny little […]

Readers Write In #112: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 7 – Half-Human and Half-Beast

November 13, 2019

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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. Nikita Khrushchev was the son of a poor peasant. He was not highly educated but was well known for his organising skills. His military achievements […]

Readers Write In #111: “Pal pal har pal” from Lage raho Munnabhai is The definitive Hindi film song

November 13, 2019

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(by Ankit Sinha) Cinema, plot and time, and why I think “Pal pal har pal” from Lage raho Munnabhai is The definitive Hindi film song “Pal pal..” is not just a great example of how to place film songs well in a narrative, but it can serve as the very image of the concept of […]

Readers Write In #110: Why sending action movies like War to China is a bad idea

November 13, 2019

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(by Alex John) The thought of War being sent to China kept ringing in the back of my head he whole time I watched it. Nothing has been announced yet, although the huge studio that backs the film and bucks that it rakes in domestically makes it safe to assume that War could be the […]

Readers Write In #109: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 6 – Stalin’s Era Part Five

November 3, 2019

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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. The end of the Second World War and the massive victories achieved by the USSR had helped boost the prestige of the Union as well that of its ruler. […]

Readers Write In #108: Pretty Woman and the uglier (?) side of life

October 29, 2019

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(by Madan Mohan) One of the (few remaining) benefits of watching movies on a television channel rather than on a streaming app is that, like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know which one you’ll get. Well, mostly you do. Just reruns of the same old movies in their catalog. And on a holiday […]

Readers Write In #107: Why 96 subverts every romcom trope and still is a brilliant example of a romcom

October 27, 2019

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(by Sudharshan Garg) ​A romcom like all other genre movies has its own arc. It is defined very clearly and very few romcoms subvert it. Even the subversions if you might call it that are changing the setting maybe, maybe a romcom set in the 18th century, maybe one set in space. Maybe they are […]

Readers Write In #106: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 5 – Stalin’s Era Part 4

October 27, 2019

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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. Soviet Union before 1941: Inspite of forced collectivisation of agriculture and consequent mass discontent over Stalin’s policies, the over emphasis on industrialisation was beginning to produce considerable economic growth in the USSR. When […]

Readers Write In #105: Dear Coppola, Marvel movies are not despicable, but are mediocrities we can’t do away with

October 27, 2019

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(by Alex John) “Some films are slices of cake. Mine are slices of cake” Hitchcock once famously said. He was elucidating the fact that even his classics were of the most elementary fashion, cheerfully pulpy and crowd pleasing. Have we seen any film that is subtly dumber that North by northwest? Hitchcock knew inducing too […]

Readers Write In #104: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 4 – Stalin’s Era Part 3

October 11, 2019

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. Chapter 2 is here. Chapter 3 is here. Josef Stalin, when he assumed the mantle in 1922 was initially considered to be a worthy successor to the legacy of the founder-leader Vladimir Lenin, by the masses. Stalin worked hard to build on that image and tried […]

Readers Write In #103: The Turk

October 8, 2019

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(by Sanjay NM) So, we moved on to the next round, like in a boxing bout. Some would say it was boxing but I prefer to call it “healthy exchanges”. In the good old days, we would sit around and have these exchanges over that lousy liquid. Arguments that were as eclectic as anything. Topics from […]

Readers Write In #102: The Inside Shift: From Super-heroes to super-human

October 5, 2019

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(by Adhithya K R) “What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that treats him like trash?” You get a Joker backstory. I couldn’t help but marvel at how Joaquin Phoenix took one of the most love-to-hate, disturbing supervillains of all time and turned him into such a human […]

Readers Write In #101: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 3 – Stalin’s Era Part 2

October 5, 2019

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. Chapter 2 is here. Further into the narrative, a quick dive into what essentially is meant by Capitalism, Marxism and Fascism will help us understand the ideological undercurrents that drove the turbulent events of the Second World War (1939-1945). Capitalism – Origins: The period of ‘Enlightenment’ in […]

Readers Write In #100: Vindication of Cinephilia

October 1, 2019

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(by Joydeep Bose) In her 1996 essay ‘The Decay of Cinema’, film theorist Susan Sontag mapped the birth and death of cinephilia — right from its heady days of the fervent film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s France (and, subsequently, among the magazines elsewhere in Europe and North America), to its “ignominious, irreversible […]

Readers Write In #99: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 2 – Stalin’s Era Part 1

September 28, 2019

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(by G Waugh) Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 are here. The ascent of the Strongman: The death of the founder patriarch Vladimir Lenin, did jolt the Soviet people even though it was very well known that he was bedridden for months. Lenin’s New Economic Policy introduced in 1921 a few months before his death, had […]

Readers Write In #98: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 1 – Lenin saves Russia

September 24, 2019

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(by G Waugh) The story of 20th-century Russia (1914-1991) has immense relevance to today’s political and economic life all over the world. The events, when looked at merely as a story, present a compelling tale with moral and philosophical dimensions. The first few chapters will be dedicated to narration of significant events while the last […]

Readers Write In #97: Why I Loved Nani’s Gang Leader

September 24, 2019

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(by Aman Basha) “Gang Leader” is arguably one of the massiest flicks that came out in Telugu, more than two decades ago. Its star, Chiranjeevi was the man who brought mass to Tollywood, the ultimate star whose success is yet to be repeated by others who keep making movies, similar to the potboilers he made, […]

Readers Write In #96: Ms Monopoly and feminism

September 23, 2019

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(by Meera Ramanathan) Before I begin my post, I want to call a truce. A firm believer in “we are all in this together” am hoping we can have healthy discussions devoid of judgement and name calling. We can agree to disagree and I strongly support your attempt to make argument even if I don’t […]

Readers Write In #95: Mr Local and everything wrong about it – in questions

September 10, 2019

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(by Sanjay NM) My second post in this format about a film I saw recently which has deeply concerned me. People seldom ask questions and scurry towards a conclusion or at least a point of view which is popular. Questions are so important! I intend to express my point of view in questions and get […]

Readers Write In #94: Vaaranam Aayiram – A Poetic Embrace

August 27, 2019

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(by Mirra) A rousing music interflowing with an overwhelming sense of melancholia pulls us closer and deeper into the being of VaaranamAayiram. The titles surface: bold white cursive in the background of vibrantly hued and beautiful patterns. Were they flowers, foliage or waves? Couldn’t exactly tell. They were just beauteous, random yet mesmerizingly profuse as […]