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Readers Write In #456: On ‘The Power of the Dog’

April 5, 2022


By An Jo Spoilers ahead There’s a scene in ‘The Power of the Dog’ where Rose (Kirsten Dunst) mentions as a casual comment to Peter Gordon (Kodi Smit Mc-Phee), her son, and I paraphrase, ‘Oh, don’t be afraid of Phil; he is but just a man.’ And the next frame that Jane Campion the director […]

Readers Write In #455: Kashmir Files Part II

April 4, 2022


By Aman Basha Part II of this piece: The continuation and conclusion of my Interview with Ahmed Ali Fayyaz Q: Some people attribute the 1990 Exodus as it happened to have been caused by a political game played by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, the Union Home Minister then, to undercut Farooq Abdullah by bringing Jagmohan […]

Readers Write In #454: Thoughts on ‘The Batman’ and how it mirrors my life

March 31, 2022


By Bruce Wayne, aspiring filmmaker Usually I enjoy a movie as it is during the first watch. No questions, no extra analysis, no breaking down, nothing until someone else discusses the same with me or till I rewatch the movie when I like it or when something really interesting was not at all developed (that […]

Readers Write In #453: I whole-heartedly welcome the success of ‘The Kashmir files’, and let me tell you why.

March 26, 2022


By Alex John Let me tell you this first, I haven’t seen ‘The Kashmir files’ yet. It is playing in the city I live, but I couldn’t drag my lazy a** to watch it yet. Well, I thought I ought to write something about it at least, as the campaign against the film is getting […]

Readers Write In #452: The Kashmir Files

March 20, 2022


By Aman Basha The release of the film the Kashmir Files has created an atmosphere of debate, discussion, argument and accusation everywhere from the political sphere to colleges to living rooms, blogs and of course Twitter. In this atmosphere where so much was said and so little made sense, created by the success of director […]

Readers Write In #451: The Magic of Manikandan’s “Kadaisi Vivasayi”

March 14, 2022


By Karthik Amarnath மணிகண்டனின் “கடைசி” மாயம் (Spoilers Ahead for “Kadaisi Vivasayi”) மணிகண்டனின் கடைசி விவசாயி படத்தின் அனுபவத்தை பற்றி எவ்வாறு எழுதவேண்டும் என்று யோசித்தேன். ஒரு வேளை மனதை மண்ணாக நினைத்து அதற்க்குள் எழுத்துக்களை விதைத்து அதுவே மாயமாக மலர்களை போல் முளைத்தால் படத்தை பார்த்த அனுபவத்துக்கு அது ஈடாக இருக்கும. அனுபவம் அப்படி ஒரு மாயமாக தான் இருந்தது. ஒருவகையில் கேபிரியல் மார்கெஸ் எழுதிய கதைகளில் வரும் மாயம் போல் என்று […]

Readers Write In #450: The importance of Bond

March 8, 2022


By Madan Mohan Am I really doing this?  Am I really writing about No Time To Die?  Yes I am.  Now, I can hear the chortles from those of you who were in the zoom call and heard what I had to say about this being Daniel Craig’s last Bond film. But this isn’t really […]

Readers Write In #449: On TEAM ‘Jhund’ (Spoiler alert)

March 6, 2022


By An Jo Of all the scenes that any audience could have imagined from Nagaraj Manjule, the first scene of the movie is the one that subverts everything that one would associate with a director like Manjule, thanks to his background which could, of course, nudge one to deduce toward what side his ideology would […]

Readers Write In #448: Bheemla Nayak- Lost in Translation?

March 4, 2022


By Sai Ganga Clearly PK was in Gabbar Singh mode and Daggubati in Bhallaldeva zone. But the bigger question is why did they waste money on remake rights ?  As a telugu speaking yet naturalized Malayali who is a die hard Pawan Kalyan and Prithviraj fan, a lot was riding on when I sat for […]

Readers Write In #447: ON THE ‘UNFAIR GAME’

March 3, 2022


By An Jo Spoilers: Yes In ‘THE FAME GAME,’ there is a brilliant scene where a ‘younger’ actress comes to Anamika Anand Madhuri Dixit [MD,], a ‘yester-year’actressand tells her, what a fanshe and her mother are of hers. In a subtle scene, the youngeractress, without revealing her age, drops-in “You are an icon, I couldn’t […]

Readers Write In #446: How to Name It-2

February 23, 2022


By Anand Raghavan Ilayaraja has announced that part 2 of “How to name it” album will release soon. A look back at what  “How to name it” meant to me.  My interest in listening to music co-incided with the period what many would here call the post ’85 phase of Ilayaraja, in fact it was […]

Readers Write In #445: A tale of two sisters

February 21, 2022


By Madan Mohan When I tried to write a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar after she passed away, the words wouldn’t come.  Partly, it was simply because what could I write anyway that others wouldn’t have.  What is there to say about self-evident brilliance?  You may find Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony boring but you are not going […]

Readers Write In #444: “The Power of the Dog”: Some spoilery musings on the movie and the book

February 20, 2022


By Aparna Namboodiripad, who comments here as tonks I was profoundly moved by “The power of the dog”, on Netflix, especially having watched it without any expectations just before it got all the Oscar nominations. The direction and acting are superlative, and after a slow start, the climax is brilliant, and unexpected.  The story is […]

Readers Write In #443: A Hero, by Asghar Farhadi

February 20, 2022


By An Jo SPOILER ALERT In ‘A Hero’ Asghar Farhadi lays out to you a story that could be passed off as an Aesop’s fable. A man, already declared by legal system as a criminal, trying to be honest: This is the emphasis; this is what the story is about; you need to make an […]

Readers Write In #442: Kadaisi Vivasayi: The Last Awakening

February 16, 2022


By Macaulay Perapulla In his book, “Nutmeg’s Curse”, Amitav Ghosh explores the history of nutmeg to ask a fundamental question that is extremely poignant in an age of climate change: Is our generation doomed to be the victims of the curse of the planet, as we’ve been treating the planet as a sort of inert […]

Readers Write In #441: #Anirudh25 and counting

February 14, 2022


By Srimanram I tend to listen to a lot of Indian film music these days, mainly in Hindi and the four southern languages. It’s part of the reason why I follow people like Baradwaj Rangan and Karthik Srinivasan of These two have been quite essential in shaping my music and movie tastes of late […]

Readers Write In #440: Edhu thevaiyo, adhuve dharmam in ‘Michael Madana Kamarajan’

February 13, 2022


By Jay Classics are made not only when they speak to many but also when they variedly render to the same aesthete consumer. Take MMKR that can be watched on repeat as a rip-roaring comedy that flows to a confluential climax. The comic details hold surprises for new discoveries and yet the most surprising discovery […]

Readers Write In #439: Continuing the ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’ comments thread on farming

February 11, 2022


By gnanaozhi So the comment thread on Kadaisi Vivasai was an interesting one so i figured, let’s do a data dump and study agriculture in India the way it is, and from the eyes of the farmer. Fun fact to begin with? 90% of farmers surveyed in a NSSO survey DID NOT want their children […]

Readers Write In #438: 63 Years Later, Kaagaz Ke Phool Still Looks Magnificent

January 26, 2022


By Vikas Yadav Suresh Sinha (Guru Dutt) is a successful film director. His ecstatic fans surround him for an autograph, and the camera films their faces with a sliding motion, hinting that this obsession is unstable and fugacious. Indeed, this glittery stardom yields zero personal merriment. Suresh is separated from his wife and daughter (the […]

Readers Write In #437: தொலைந்து போன தொகுப்புகள் – சட்டென்று மாறுது மனநிலை

January 26, 2022


By ஓர் உயிரினம் 2006 பதினேழு வயதுபன்னண்டாம் வகுப்புபடபடக்கும் நெஞ்சுகத்திரி வெயில்காலை பொழுதுகணிப்பொறி முன் நான்எலியைத் தட்டிக்கொண்டே இருக்கிறேன்என் மதிப்பெண்ணை எதிர்பார்த்தும் எதிர்பாராமல்நெஞ்சடைக்கிறதுபயம் பீறிட்டு வருகிறதுPass-ஆனால் நல்ல கல்லூரிFail-ஆனால் சுமாரான கல்லூரி 2022 படிப்பின் படிக்கட்டுகள்பலதூரம் கடந்து வந்தபின்குளிர்பனி காலம்குடியரசு தினம்காலை பொழுதில்கணிப்பொறி முன் நான்அஸ்ஸாமிலிருந்து ஒரு வழக்கறிஞர்அவலத்துடன் கூறினார்எலியைத் தட்டிக்கொண்டே இருந்தோம்என் அக்காவின் பெயர்NRC பட்டியலில் உள்ளதா என்றுநெஞ்சடைக்கிறதுபயம் பீறிட்டு வருகிறதுPass-ஆனால் குடிமகள்Fail-ஆனால் detention center குடியரசு தின வாழ்த்துக்கள் இந்திய குடிமக்களே!