Readers Write In #434: On Leo Tolstoy’s ‘A Calendar of Wisdom’ and the idea of daily devotion.

January 8, 2022

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By J. Eswar A Velocity of Being, edited by Maria Papova, was an unusual book to read. The book carries one letter on each page. The letters all follow a theme – what reading means for the letter writer. But the letters are written by individuals from diverse backgrounds. To read these letters like a […]

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Interview: Manikandan and Vijay Sethupathi (On friendship and ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’)

January 5, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Interview: Basil Joseph (A spoilery deep dive into the writing and making of ‘Minnal Murali’)

January 4, 2022

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The top 10 films of 2021: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema

January 3, 2022

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Readers Write In #433: Retro Movie Review: Hum Tum (2004)

January 3, 2022

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Retro Movie Review: Hum Tum (2004) By R. Kailasham ‘Was a long and dark DecemberFrom the rooftops I rememberThere was snow, white snow’Violet Hill, Coldplay Winter is delayed for the folks of Pittsburgh. I had traveled up the Duquesne Incline to see the city from an elevated vantage on New Years’ eve. The new year […]

Food Companion: Vetri Maaran

December 31, 2021

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Ahammed Khabeer’s ‘Madhuram’ (Joju George, Shruti Ramachandran) is a set of love stories as sweet as the title

December 29, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Aanand L Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re’ (Akshay Kumar, Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan) is a wonderfully prickly love story that literalises the phrase “madly in love”

December 29, 2021

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Interview: Atharvaa Murali (on ‘Thalli Pogathey’, ‘Kuruthi Aattam’, remaking ‘Idhayam’, etc.)

December 28, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Interview: Ranveer Singh (on ’83’, Bhansali, ‘Simmba’, etc.)

December 27, 2021

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Readers Write In #432: ‘Minnal Murali: Film Review’

December 27, 2021

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(by Sundar) Minnal Murali, directed by Basil Joseph, picks up where most superhero films typically end. The writers (Arun Anirudhan and Justin Mathew) repeatedly up the ante for you to an extent that you go through an unjustifiable feeling of being let down in the climax. Basically, you keep longing for more. And that marks […]

Basil Joseph’s ‘Minnal Murali’ (Tovino Thomas, Guru Somasundaram) is an inspired “local” and drama-laden superhero movie

December 26, 2021

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Flaws and all, Kabir Khan’s ’83’ (Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone) is not so much a “movie” as a rousing memorial to a great event

December 25, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

Franklin Jacob’s ‘Writer’ (Samuthirakani) is a very impressive docudrama-style debut that immerses us into the world of cops and their crimes

December 25, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Readers Write In #431: ’83’

December 25, 2021

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(by Voldemort) In an early scene in 83, we see Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh) and the Indian team administrator Man Singh giving a press conference (not really, there are only two people from the media). Kapil is asked condescendingly about their plans for the match, which he answers confidently with a smile on the face, […]

Sarjun KM’s ‘Blood Money’ (Priya Bhavani Shankar, Kishore) is a watchable drama that could have used better writing

December 24, 2021

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Despite a generic narrative, Arun Matheswaran’s stylish ‘Rocky’ (Vasanth Ravi, Bharathiraja) signals the arrival of a genuine cinematic voice

December 24, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Priyadarshan’s ‘Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham’ (Mohanlal, Manju Warrier) is a historical that needed far better writing

December 18, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Srinath Rajendran’s ‘Kurup’ (Dulquer Salmaan, Sobhita Dhulipala) is stylish but has little depth

December 18, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Kannada Cinema Round Table 2021

December 18, 2021

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