BR blog-reader Zoom meet

September 29, 2021

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Prasanna suggested a Zoom meet with regulars and other readers. Are you guys game for it? (Here’s the image from the last time such a thing happened, all the way back in 2014.) SATURDAY 8PM https://meet.jit.si/ (I will post the link here) How to use Jitsi Meet, an open source Zoom alternative https://mashable.com/article/how-to-use-jitsi-meet-zoom-alternative LINK: https://meet.jit.si/moderated/e88806dda3ac7dec4eae562c9743134279e9b4865a32ca102ec6d723bf3cf16e

Interview: Mamta Mohandas / Prithviraj (‘Bhramam’)

September 28, 2021

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Aravind Kuplikar’s ‘Puksatte Lifu (Sanchari Vijay, Matangi Prasan, Achyut Kumar) is an existential dramedy with admirable tonal shifts that are utterly organic

September 28, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Kannada

Jaikumar Sedhuraman’s ‘Sennai’ (Semmalar Annam, Bava Chelladurai) is a solid indie-Dalit film that uses a fable to make its points

September 27, 2021

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Tanglish Talks: Pond’s, circa 1985

September 26, 2021

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I keep writing scenes and other random stuff. Thought they’d make for fun blog posts, titled ‘Tanglish Talks’. Do read, share, mock, comment, ring the bell icon, whatever 🙂 ! கொஞ்சம் powder பூசுவதை நிறுத்துவாயா?அது பாண்ட்ஸ் கம்பெனி செய்யும் சதிஎன்று உனக்கு புரியவில்லையா?எல்லா பெண்களையும் ஒரே போல் மணக்க வைக்க ஒரு சதி.pink-கலர் டப்பாவில் வரும் அந்த வாசம்ஆண் வர்கத்துக்கே ஒரு துரோகம்.(St Johns […]

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Readers Write In #412: Kaalathai thindra gadigaram

September 24, 2021

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(by Raghu Krishnan) கடிகாரங்களில் முதல் இடத்தில் இருப்பது Rolex. அடுத்த இடத்தில் இருப்பவை Tag மற்றும் SWATCH groups-Omega, Longines போன்ற கடிகாரங்கள்.கடை நிலையில் ஜப்பானிய Seiko, Citizen போன்றவை. Quartz கடிகாரங்கள் பாட்டரியால் இயங்கும் தந்திரங்களே. Rolex, Tag, Seiko போன்றவை நூற்றுக்கணக்கான பொருட்களை உள்ளடக்கிய நுண்ணிய இயந்திரங்கள்.இவை தங்கள் திறனால், துல்லியத்தால் (accuracy) தங்கள் இடங்களை அடைகின்றன. Seiko தினம் +/- 30s. மாதத்தில் பல நிமிடங்கள் வேறுபடுத்திக்காட்டும்.Tag தினம் +/- 15s. மாதத்தில் […]

Readers Write In #411: The six-sense monster

September 24, 2021

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(by Anand Raghavan) Author’s Note: This English-Tamil poem on child abuse was written by me when a child Hasini was sexually abused and murdered in Chennai a few years ago. I felt this is relevant again after similar recent incident in Hyderabad. And there has been a number of such incidents happening time and again. I have […]

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Arisil Moorthy’s scattered ‘Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum’ (Mithun Manickam, Ramya Pandian, Vani Bhojan) equates good intentions with good filmmaking

September 24, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The title of the film is either a reference to the Rajinikanth song from Mullum Malarum (a famous Ilaiyaraaja hit) or it’s a statement: Whether one person or the other who rules us, nothing is going to change. The film is about three main characters: Kunnimuthu (Mithun Manickam), his wife Veerayi (Ramya Pandian) and a […]

My interview on Scribble Arts Studio

September 23, 2021

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Ranjith Sankar’s ‘Sunny’ (Jayasurya) is a gently moving drama that equates COVID-related solitude with a man’s isolation from his own life

September 23, 2021

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Interview: Sekhar Kammula (‘Dollar Dreams’ to ‘Love Story’)

September 23, 2021

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Readers Write In #410: Pillaiyar Suzhi

September 22, 2021

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(by  G Waugh) ‘நீங்கள் தமிழில் எழுதினால் நாங்கள் கண்டிப்பாக படிப்போம்’ என்று என்னிடம் சில நண்பர்கள் கூறி இருக்கிறார்கள். ஏன் நான் சிறிதும் எதிர்பார்க்காத ஏன் மாமியார் அவர்களே ஒரு முறை கூறி இருந்தார். என் மேல் அவர்கள் வைத்திருக்கும் நம்பிக்கையையும் என் கருத்துக்களை தெரிந்துகொள்ளவேண்டி அவர்களுக்கு இருக்கும் ஆர்வத்தையுமே அது காட்டுகிறது. தமிழில் நான் எழுதாத முதல் காரணம் நான் ஆங்கிலவழி கல்வி பயின்றது தான். ஆங்கிலம் கற்றால் தான் பெருமை என்று என் […]

Interview: Naga Chaitanya (‘Love Story’)

September 21, 2021

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Readers Write In #409: Yuvan-ai Pol Oruvan

September 21, 2021

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(by  Kailasham) Yuvan’s compositions, especially the background score, have gone to serve as the backbone for an impressive array of movies that released in the 2001-2011. These pieces burnished the names of the movies into the audience’s consciousness and contributed to building the image of the heroes in these pictures. Think what Thimiru, Sandakozhi and […]

Readers Write In #408: A story of a 90’s kid

September 21, 2021

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(by Deepika Santhanakrishnan) During 2005, there lived a little girl doing class X by the name Deepika in St. Stephen’s School in Trichy. To describe this character, we have to travel back in time. She was the happiest of all kids who attended the first day in school. She gave out the loudest cry when […]

Deepak Sundarrajan’s ‘Annabelle Sethupathi’ (Vijay Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu) is a ghost-comedy that’s truly ghastly

September 17, 2021

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Ananda Krishnan’s ‘Kodiyil Oruvan’ (Vijay Antony, Aathmika) has a promising story that’s let down by a disastrous screenplay

September 17, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Kodiyil Oruvan has a great story, and had it been made in the 80s it would have been called Oru Thayin Sabhatham (a film with that title was actually made back then by T Rajender). The story begins in a village where a bunch of politicians pick a woman to contest the panchayat elections. Their idea […]

Manu Ashokan’s ‘Kaanekkane’ (Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, Aishwarya Lekshmi) is a lovely examination of human frailty in the guise of a detective thriller

September 17, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The same screenwriter Bobby-Sanjay and director Manu Ashokan, come back together for another film after Uyare—Kaanekkaane which stars Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tovino Thomas, and Aishwarya Lekshmi. Like in Uyare, Kaanekkaane is about two layers of stories, and neither one is more important than the other. Usually, you have a text story and a sub-text kind of story, but here both […]

Nithin Lukose’s powerful ‘Paka’, world-premiering at Toronto Intl. Film Festival, pushes Romeo and Juliet to the background and brings the violence to the fore

September 15, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The English title of Paka is River Of Blood and it’s evident from the very first scene. An old man dives into a river to retrieve the body of a young man and nobody knows how he died. One of the many, many jokes in this movie is that all the expert divers are old men — […]

Interview: Vijay Antony (‘Kodiyil Oruvan’)

September 15, 2021

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview