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Readers Write In #87: Why nepotism might be good for Indian cinema… and Kangana Ranaut (?)

July 14, 2019

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(by Sairam Yadavilli) It was the summer of 2016 and Paul Pogba had just moved back to Manchester United for a then world record fee of just under 90 million pounds. And it was the just the beginning of skyrocketing prices for half decent players. Now considered a steal, it was looked at with much […]

Readers Write In #86: Fedal – An immortal rivalry

July 11, 2019

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(by Vivek MV ) Rafael Nadal was one set up and the second set was going on serves. At 4-4, millions of Roger Federer fans across the globe knew where this was heading. A glimmer of hope was all they had. “Let’s watch something else,” my boss, a Federer fan, declared at work. “Federer is […]

Readers Write In #85: The Dancer Upstairs, and the Actor Beneath….

July 7, 2019

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(by An Jo) An engineering back-ground warrants me to put in certain key pre-conditions: I understand, read, and write [write to varying degrees] only 4 languages: Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, English, Urdu. I can speak some broken Punjabi and understand it. 2. I do not understand languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. [In other words, apart […]

Readers Write In #84: My first ever Balamuralikrishna concert

July 6, 2019

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(by Jayram Sataluri) To remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna whose birthday falls today (July 6th), I would like to share my reminiscences of the first time I ever saw him live in the US. Let’s hop into a time machine and travel back to June 4th 2006. This was held in […]

Readers Write In #83: Would Puthiya Paathai really be a minefield today?

June 30, 2019

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(by Madan Mohan, recreational tennis hack in the early morning, chartered accountant by day and wannabe writer by night.) In his interview with our BR saar, filmmaker and actor R Parthiepan mentioned that he did not think a Puthiya Paathai could be made today and it was owing to the innocence/ignorance of the times that […]

Readers Write In #82: Fleabag, The One Your Mother Warned You About

June 30, 2019

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(by Vineet Jacob Kuruvilla) If a movie is named after its lead character, then almost certainly the character will be a terrible person, a friend said to me. I didn’t verify this. He said it in the context of Arjun Reddy. After having watched two seasons of the British TV series Fleabag, I think he […]

Readers Write In #81: A Fantastic Journey, a Fascinating New Road Ahead: #27GoldenYearsOfSRK

June 28, 2019

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(by Aman Basha) June 25, 1992. A young man jumped onto Indian screens in a bike, crooning about wanting someone who would love him. The movie was Deewana. Although it was the star showcase of the beautiful and tragic Divya Bharti, attention quickly fell on that fellow driving the bike. Very few debutantes know how […]

Readers Write In #80: Love in the Time of Woke-ness

June 27, 2019

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(by Tauseef Shahidi) Woke-ness, which was supposed to be an esoteric label, like other such labels, has not only been democratised but alsomischievously as well as maliciously co-opted by a set of people infected with self-righteousness. For these reasons, it is no longer seen as a progressive label. But just because something has been abused […]

Readers Write In #79: Kabir Singh and everything wrong with our film industry… and our feminists

June 27, 2019

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(by Sairam Yadavilli) I had waited a week too long. The movie was doing extraordinarily well, acclaimed by both critics and audiences. As I sat to watch the grand spectacle unfold on the large screen, with a large coke in my hand – actually scratch that. I was on a diet and I had just […]

Readers Write In #78: Kabir Singh (Arjun Reddy), a Rorschach test

June 25, 2019

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(by Vineet Kuruvilla) I read an article in HuffPost India, Kabir Singh’s Success Dismantles Our False Illusion of Wokeness. This is a response to it. But before I dive into a response to the article, I want to state that I haven’t seen Kabir Singh. I have only watched the original Arjun Reddy. The author […]

Readers Write In #77: ‘Lucifer’ and ‘mass’ in Malayalam cinema

June 10, 2019

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I knew I was an outsider in this group. Lucifer had let them down and a set of colleagues hadn’t recovered from the disappointment. But ever since I watched Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial flick, I was desperate to put this out in the open. “I liked Lucifer.” Expectedly, after this simple confession, I faced a volley of questions. “Idenda […]

Readers Write In #76: Thamizh Cinema – Punaivil Iyangum Samoogam

May 27, 2019

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Is cinema merely a reflection of society or does it reinforce the existing beliefs of a society? This is the question left lingering in my mind after reading ‘Thamizh Cinema – Punaivil Iyangum Samoogam’ (Society living in Fiction). Stalin Rajangam’s book is an interesting collection of essays about Tamil cinema, its many layers and the […]

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 […]