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The one-for-all channel

August 22, 2015

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Doordarshan Chennai turned 40 recently, which is as good an excuse as any to talk about what Doordarshan meant and what it means today. This Independence Day, I was thinking about Doordarshan. In the late 1970s and early 80s – that’s when many of us got a television set, something that resembled a crate with […]

Common men, uncommon stories

August 15, 2015

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On the eve of the release of ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’, Baradwaj Rangan traces the journey of our biopics, which are no longer just about larger-than-life achievers. It all began in 1959, when a landless Bihari from the Musahar community, a scheduled caste that traditionally made a living as rat catchers, decided to make […]

Apples, oranges, and a lot of stale cheese

February 23, 2015

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If you want to know what was wrong with this year’s Oscar telecast, just Google up “2013 Tony Awards: Neil Patrick Harris Opening Number HD.” Now that is a show. There’s singing. There’s dancing. There’s acrobatics. He leaps through a hoop. And there’s magic – literal magic. Harris steps into a box on stage and […]

Switching channels

July 10, 2014

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Baradwaj Rangan gets used to the idea of life without TV. I am amazed at myself. The last time I was so amazed at myself was when I discovered that I could touch my toes without bending my knees. Okay, so I bent my knees a little. But that doesn’t count as cheating. We are […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Taking a knife to a classic”

May 10, 2013

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Thoughts on Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho,” Gus Van Sant’s remake of ‘Psycho,” and the ruthlessly butchered ‘Psycho’ that’s shown on television. Psycho is widely seen as the progenitor of the modern-day slasher film, yet watching it today, I wonder if that credit shouldn’t actually go to the movie Hitchcock made immediately after – The Birds, where the […]

Kogitating over Koffee

November 13, 2010

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Is it possible, through television, to unearth the truth (the whole truth, nothing but the truth) about a public figure?

Between Reviews: Creating a Critic

October 10, 2009

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CREATING A CRITIC In which our film critic says “thank you” to Doordarshan for shaping his cinematic sensibilities. OCT 11, 2009 – WITH SO MANY RHEUMY REMEMBRANCES being directed towards Doordarshan on its completion of 50 years, I felt compelled to contribute my two-and-a-half bits of nostalgia. But this isn’t about oh-those-were-the-days – Oru Manidhanin […]

TV Review: Gateway

March 27, 2008

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DIRECTORS’ PIX The new reality show for filmmakers is the same as every other reality show around: a guilty pleasure, but little else. MAR 28, 2008 – IN A MORE INNOCENT AGE, the most commonly experienced – or at least, commonly discussed – anxiety dream used to be that of finding yourself naked in public. […]