Readers Write In #538: Dreams from the Cityscape

January 7, 2023


By Sudharsanan Sampath This is a film.  Not a narrative film. But maybe a documentary?  I don’t think it can be called a documentary. It is something.  I’ve been living a very nomadic life, moving from town to town, city to city and country to country. I’ve always liked visiting and living in a big […]

Interview: Yami Gautam

January 6, 2023


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‘Spotify: Cinema with BR’ Episode 1: On AR Rahman, on his birthday

January 6, 2023


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Readers Write In #537: My journey with ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, from watcher to reader to writer

January 5, 2023


By Krishnaraj Sambath As a Watcher FDFS (my first ever!) on 30-Sep-2022, 6PM show in Houston, TX. There were 5 of us in total in the theatre, including my wife and 4-yr old son. (Not the ear-deafening paper-showering cinematic FDFS experience I was hoping for) As a Reader Why did I pick up this book? […]

Interview: Rima Das

January 5, 2023


For more, subscribe to GALATTA PLUS: The Galatta Plus team travels to Kalardiya — Rima Das’s village in Guwahati —  for an interview. And to get a flavour of the locale where all her films have been shot. Copyright ©2023 GALATTA.

From the Web (FTW) #1: Rahul Gandhi and Kamal Haasan in conversation

January 3, 2023


Starting a new series of stuff from the web that I think will generate some interesting comments…

About the movies – 1969 / 2022

January 2, 2023


I read this passage — which is a kind of epilogue to Pauline Kael’s review of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was written in 1969, and what she says seems to resonate with what we are going through today. For your comments / consideration (additions in square brackets are mine): Just when there […]

Readers Write In #536: My favourite Hindi films of 2022

December 31, 2022


By Abhirup Mascharak Badhaai Do. Director: Harshvardhan Kulkarni. Hindi cinema has been tackling LGBT stories for a while now, and most of these films have woven their narratives around certain issues pertinent to the queer community: moral policing (Aligarh), coming out (Dear Dad), living at the intersection of queerness and other marginalized identities (Margarita with […]

Happy 2023, everyone!

December 31, 2022


It’s been a strange year. The move to Galatta… a minor hernia surgery (and the resultant weight increase, during the post-operative recovery period)… the post-pandemic realisation that life is even shorter than we thought and every diem is something to be carpe-d, plus a whole bunch of other stuff. A lot of things I have […]

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Mega Critics Roundtable 2022, by Nona Prince

December 30, 2022


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Interview: Hrithik Roshan

December 30, 2022


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Readers Write In #535: Love today…Wait, what love?

December 30, 2022


By Madhumithaa S Respectably enough, Pradeep Ranganathan’s Love Today begins with a disclaimer that no animals or birds were harmed in the making of the movie. Errrrrr…did he forget something? What about harming humans with this movie? I am so furious that I’m not sure about where to start, and how to go about. But, […]

Readers Write In #534: Balls of Steel

December 29, 2022


By Anonymous PART 1 – Houston, we have a problem! The period when you are 16-18 years old can be a harrowing phase in your life. There is not only a turmoil that is happening on the inside,  but also a battle that is being waged on the outside.  A period when every relative of yours is […]

The Galatta Plus Tamil Cinema Round Table 2022

December 26, 2022


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Readers Write In #533: The Boy Who Cried Film

December 26, 2022


By Karthik Amarnath The Greatest Show on Earth, Cecile B. Demille’s lavish 1952 film about a grand traveling circus opens with these lines: We bring you the circus. The pied piper, whose magic tunes lead children of all ages, from 6 to 60, into a tinsel and spun-candy world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter, […]

Rohit Shetty’s ‘Cirkus’ has a few scattered laughs and a lot of really dull patches

December 23, 2022


Spoilers ahead… Two Ranveer Singhs, two Varun Sharmas, Pooja Hegde, Jacqueline Fernandez, and a riot of comic-book colours – but where’s the effort? The term “lowbrow comedy” is used to describe a kind of broad, farce-like, slapstick-filled effort to make you laugh – but the term is a little offensive. All of us like to […]

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Interview: Sunny Leone (Oh My Ghost)

December 23, 2022


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The emotional stakes are low, but as a scare-dispensing machine, Ashwin Saravanan’s ‘Connect’ does a pretty decent job

December 22, 2022


Spoilers ahead… But the scares apart, there is no emotional depth. And the film does not show anything we have not seen in earlier stories about exorcism. There are times Ashwin Saravanan’s Connect appears to be a COVID-era homage to The Exorcist. Here, too, we have a single mother, played by a gritty Nayanthara, alternating […]

Readers Write In #532: Ending of ‘Better Call Saul’ Explained

December 21, 2022


By Cholan Raje Jimmy is driven by a need for validation. Because of his life as a conman, the only people who ever loved and respected him were his parents and Marco. The relative scorn he received from everyone else always caused him to, in the back of his mind, have a low image of […]

Interview: Ashwin Saravanan (Connect)

December 19, 2022


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