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

September 10, 2019


(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


(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 […]

Readers Write In #93: 27 years of Rahman

August 27, 2019


(by Nirupama V) A.R Rahman’s music has always been a part of my life. I have an old CD that contains the video songs of Baba from when I was 4 years old that used to be played on our old Philips VCD player that doubled as a tape recorder. I vividly remember falling in […]

Readers Write In #92: ‘Dear Comrade’ gets right things that ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ didn’t

August 11, 2019


(by N Madhusudhan) These are exciting times in Southern Cinema. Never before has the envelope been pushed so far in a mainstream romance as these two films have in recent times, to varying degrees of success. While these two films could not be more different from each other in style, there are some striking similarities […]

Readers Write In #91: Film critics vs public opinion

August 11, 2019


(by Rudra Dave) Apart from being extremely successful at the box office and being loved by the audience, can you guess one more common thing between films like “Kabir Singh”, “Judwaa 2”, “Simmba”, “Bodyguard”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Golmaal franchise”, “Housefull franchise” and “Dhamaal franchise”? They all had received negative reviews from the film critics. Now, most […]

Readers Write In #90: Why Kangana’s spat with the media is just what the doctor ordered

August 1, 2019


(by PG Nair) Unless you have been living under a rock there is little chance that you have missed Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s confrontation with a media person Justin Rao during the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’ and the subsequent ban of the artist by select sections of entertainment media. Kangana responded […]

Readers Write In #89: Sreehari Nair and the mollycoddling of the art genius

July 25, 2019


(by Madan Mohan) I have thus far avoided writing about Kabir Singh, specifically about the reactions to it, except in comments on existing threads, finding the discussions to be altogether too acrimonious.  However, I have changed my mind and for that, you may thank Sreehari Nair’s piece for rediff entitled “What’s so obscene about Kabir […]

Readers Write In #88: Science Fiction: A Genre Whose Time Has Come

July 23, 2019


(by Vineet Jacob Kuruvilla) It was while watching the Arrival (2016) I realised that things have changed. Of late, there has been a deluge of content in pop culture, especially in the visual medium, around science and technology and its impact on society. The technology itself may not be the crux in all the story […]

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

July 14, 2019


(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


(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


(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


(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


(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


(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


(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


(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


(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


(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


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


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 […]