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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

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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

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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

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/last-tango-in-paris-remains-a-big-deal-both-as-a-movie-and-as-the-complicated-legacy-of-bernardo-bertolucci-5657231.html 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

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A lot in this article really resonated with me. Any one else — man or woman — cares to weigh in? https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/highly-sensitive-man_us_5b464565e4b0e7c958f73cf4 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

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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.”

Off the Topic: #MeToo

October 10, 2018

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I have a genuine (and somewhat abstract) question about all this, and let me begin by stating that I believe Chinmayee and others wrt to the Vairamuthu issue. But here’s the question I have. My “belief” is a gut feel, based on my “personal” conviction that these women are telling the truth — but it’s […]

Readers Write In #49: The Portrayal of Disability in Indian Mainstream Cinema – Where’s the Nuance?

September 16, 2018

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So, the husband and I were craving a good Tamil masala movie last night, and chanced upon the Suriya-starrer, “Thaana Serndha Kootam”. It seemed to have got decent reviews, and we went in expecting a light, fun watch. Half an hour and two fast-forwarded songs later (thank God for modern online watching. Can’t imagine having […]

Readers Write In #47: When Left Met Right: Let’s talk about Communalizing Carnatic Music

August 24, 2018

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As the nation celebrates its 72nd Independence Day, we need to have a dialogue between those who read India right and left. Before I venture further, I must admit this. I have never been too fond of labels which are, more often, borrowed constructs placed out of context. So, I am going to use the […]

Readers Write In #34: Dancing to Bollywood’s tune

February 10, 2018

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The title is as literal as it gets and makes me a little unhappy for not coming up with a smarter heading.  But hey, as a first time writer I forgive myself. Growing up, dancing was an alien concept. Parties in our tiny Mumbai flats meant men drinking rum and whisky, women chatting and kids […]

Readers Write In #33: Tweet, Outrage, Abuse, Repeat

February 5, 2018

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For those who frequent the twitterverse, it is of no surprise to regularly come across online skirmishes involving movie stars and their “veriyargal”. Smarting from the lightest pokes and jabs at their stars, these entities hurl abuses, threats and engage in less than civil behaviour that is now the norm on twitter. This post is […]

Readers Write In #32: O Butterfly and things that even Google can’t buy

January 27, 2018

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A piece about things that still do not have a google address, such as an obscure rendition of O Butterfly. Seemed apt to put this up now, given the Padma Vibhushan for Ilayaraja (though this isn’t really about him). Ilayaraja fans and maybe Vikram fans as well would be familiar with the 1991 hit song O […]

Woody Allen, Aziz Ansari and the crucible of public judgement

January 22, 2018

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/woody-allen-aziz-ansari-and-the-crucible-of-public-judgment-a-reel-versus-real-analysis-4314073.html Ever since stories about sexual harassment and abuse of power/privilege began to tumble out of Hollywood’s closets, some of us have begun to wonder if we have any business commenting at all. It’s vital to come out against systematic predators like Harvey Weinstein, but what about some […]

Readers Write In #31: Parvathy and the Mammookka trolls

January 19, 2018

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It all first began when a Malayalam actress was abducted and assaulted in her own car. Women in Malayalam cinema came together after this, and formed a group called Women in Cinema Collective (WCC). They began speaking out against a topic that was largely unspoken about until then : sexism in the Malayalam film industry. […]

Readers Write In #30: Rant of an anti-national

January 5, 2018

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We have history books. Philosophical works. Research papers on culture, economy and religion and their impacts on society. Artistic works on the exploitation of the ruled by the ruler. Field workers who themselves have borne the brunt of excesses of our enemy. Dialecticians splitting their hairs to interpret the course of society. With all these […]

Readers Write In #22: My Views – In Questions

September 25, 2017

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Those wishful words! Those hopeful eyes! Those words spoken by the young girl who ended her life recently wasn’t just broken English, it was broken dreams. The thought of a young life rich with the potential of good deeds and actions ended by just a piece of cloth causes great pain to me. No explanation […]

Blog vs Bharatvarsh

August 3, 2017

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sai16vicky mentioned something in the Dunkirk thread, and it spawned a few responses. Posting them here, as a new thread, in case you feel like chiming in. sai16vicky August 2, 2017 BR, I have always respected your views on Free Speech (though my stand is different). But with you banning Anuj, I have a question […]