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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 […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (on his life)

July 2, 2019


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Viewer’s Voice: Lakshmi, Accountant

March 25, 2019


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Viewer’s Voice: Vinoth, Mechanic

March 12, 2019


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Readers Write In #68: On the Bechdel test

March 1, 2019


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 […]

Viewer’s Voice: Saravanan, Milk Booth Owner

February 25, 2019


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Viewer’s Voice: Mohammed Sabbit (Dulquer Salmaan fan)

February 11, 2019


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Viewer’s Voice: Sarath (AC Mechanic)

January 28, 2019


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Viewer’s Voice: Shanmughathaai (Eatery Owner)

January 7, 2019


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Interview: Sruthi Hariharan

December 28, 2018


Sruthi Hariharan talks to Baradwaj Rangan about how she started her career as a background dancer before falling in love with the process of filmmaking. She talks about how rare it is for an actress in the Kannada film industry to speak her mind and about using art to drive change. The acclaimed actress also […]

Viewer’s Voice: Karthikeyan (Shopkeeper)

December 24, 2018


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Viewer’s Voice: Valarmathi (Domestic Help)

December 10, 2018


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Readers Write In #62: Understanding agrarian crisis

December 8, 2018


The following essay will give a brief introduction to the origins of the current agricultural crisis in India. Knowledge of the origins shall serve as an effective background to understand rising farmer unrest all over India. What is Liberalisation/Neoliberalism? India in 1991, in return for financial assistance from IMF and World Bank agreed to implementing […]

Off the Topic: ‘The Cut’ article

December 6, 2018


This came from Rahul: OTT request : “The cut” article about PC and her wedding , and their subsequent retraction. I do not have much to say on the topic but would like to see what other people think. Its also something that probably desis of all political beliefs may band up on one side […]

‘Last Tango in Paris’ remains a big deal, both as a movie and as the complicated legacy of Bernardo Bertolucci

December 2, 2018


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: It’s a little hard, in this been-there-seen-that era, to grasp what a big deal Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris was, upon its release in 1972. Indeed, one of my favourite appraisals of the film (though, clearly, not one that I agree with) is by a user […]

Viewer’s Voice: Arasan (Tailor)

November 26, 2018


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Viewer’s Voice: Venu (Herbal Pharmacist)

November 13, 2018


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Off the Topic: Sensitive Males

November 8, 2018


A lot in this article really resonated with me. Any one else — man or woman — cares to weigh in? Many people don’t have patience for a man in distress. We’re expected to pull ourselves up, lick our wounds and soldier on. I’ve always been super sensitive — the highs are high and […]

Viewer’s Voice: Arumugam (Istri Wala)

October 27, 2018


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Off the Topic: Women in Sabarimala…

October 11, 2018


Honest Raj and Rahini David asked for an OTT thread on this topic, so…. PS: To those who said even the OTT threads are going way out of topic, I don’t mind that. At least, this keeps the film/review threads “pure.”