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Readers Write In #178: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 15 – The Conclusion

May 17, 2020

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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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Chapter 10 is here. Chapter 11 is here. Chapter 12 is here. Chapter […]

Readers Write In #175: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 14 – A post-mortem before death

May 12, 2020

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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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Chapter 10 is here. Chapter 11 is here. Chapter 12 is here. Chapter […]

Karan Johar, it’s okay, please open up your closet again!

April 27, 2020

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Is this inequality? But of course! But this is also a world where swank-architecture and high-fashion magazines exist when there are people who don’t have homes and who wear rags. I wanted to talk about this when Farah Khan pulled up celebrities for sharing their workout videos. She said something to the effect of: “I […]

Ah, for the time ‘Corona’ was just a beer!

March 18, 2020

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Some of us may feel like talking (venting?) about THE topic of the times, so here’s a thread. Are we simply being cautious? Or are we panicking? (Translation: Are you typing out your response AFTER hand-sanitising?) PS: Does anyone else feel like they are in a Hollywood sci-fi movie?

Readers Write In #149: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 13 – The Indian Connection – Part Two

March 14, 2020

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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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Chapter 10 is here. Chapter 11 is here. Chapter 12 is here. EASTERN […]

Five ways to ensure the Kamal Haasan-Rekha ‘Punnagai Mannan’ incident never happens again

February 26, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/five-ways-to-ensure-the-kamal-haasan-rekha-punnagai-mannan-incident-never-happens-again/ While improvisation in acting — doing things in the heat of the moment — is important, it cannot come at the cost of consent. Spoilers ahead… There’s a tense restaurant scene in Kramer vs. Kramer between Ted and Joanna, the characters played by Dustin Hoffman and […]

Readers Write In #136: Of Goddess and Women

January 26, 2020

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(by Karthik Amarnath) A viral visual from the recent array of protests showed an army of men in protective gear. Facing a young woman carrying a rose. It reminded me of another visual from a twenty year old movie song that showed an army of men with tanks and guns. Around a young woman clothed […]

‘V1 – Murder Case’, ‘Parasite’, ‘Knives Out’… Our message movies versus their message movies

January 8, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/message-movies-v1-murder-case-pavel-navegeethan-parasite-knives-out-baradwaj-rangan All I’m saying is don’t make a movie in order to deliver a message. Make the message – even if it is explicit – an organic part of your movie. Spoilers ahead… In Pavel Navageethan’s V1 – Murder Case, a young woman is murdered in the […]

A bit of hand-wringing about Deepika Padukone and ‘Chhapaak’

January 7, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/chhapaak-deepika-padukone-laxmi-agarwal-acid-attack-survivor-meghna-gulzar/ As an actor, as a very beautiful actor, Deepika Padukone is well within her rights to play an acid-attack survivor. Then, why is this movie making me uneasy? Spoilers ahead… I’m having some trouble wrapping my head around an actor like Deepika Padukone in a drama […]

Readers Write In #125: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 12 – The Indian Connection

December 29, 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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Chapter 10 is here. Chapter 11 is here. Before we venture out to […]

Readers Write In #123: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 11 – The Autumn Intensifies

December 22, 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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Chapter 10 is here. In 1968, the government led by the Communist Party […]

Readers Write In #120: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 10 – The Smells of Autumn

December 9, 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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. Chapter 9 is here. Alexei Kosygin became the Prime Minister (Chairman of the Council of Ministers) in […]

Nine rupees an hour

November 23, 2019

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A plug for my friend Aparna Karthikeyan’s book: NINE RUPEES AN HOUR, in her words (from the book). I thought it would be of interest to many readers of this blog. Introduction When a livelihood dies a way of live vanishes; and the language too is diminished. Cho Dharman Let me tell you a story. […]

Readers Write In #116: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 9 – An Unceremonious End

November 23, 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. Chapter 7 is here. Chapter 8 is here. The world was stunned on October 4,1957. No country of the first world had managed to achieve […]

Readers Write In #114: The Russian Revolution, Chapter 8 – An Unsavory Convergence

November 16, 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. Chapter 7 is here. One of the most important reasons for me writing this series has been my curiosity to find out why in the […]

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 […]

In Vinod Kamble’s ‘Kastoori’, a Dalit boy yearns to free himself of the smells that cling to him

November 13, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/vinod-kamble-kastoori-marathi-dharamsala-international-film-fest-baradwaj-rangan At the Dharamsala International Film Festival, a powerful drama about a boy who cleans toilets and performs post-mortems in order to pay for school. Vinod Kamble’s Kastoori (Marathi) opens with an Indian-style toilet filled with shit. The screening at the Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF) was […]

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 #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 […]