Traveling Abroad
Hindi films about Indians traveling abroad have captured the imagination of the audience – if the successes of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) and Queen (2014) are any indication. These films are targeted at metropolitan/ multiplex audiences, those likely to be more aligned with the global world than with rural India...
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    Of Realism in the Malayalam Reels

    The cinema of Malayalam, having since its alpha days attracted intellectual artists, has essentially been a canvas on which conscientious thinkers imaged the struggles of the individual. Of realism. It is notable that the cinema of this region/language, unlike many others all over the world—this assertion of course omits...
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    The Cinema of Hindi at the Junction of Globalization

    The mind and body of Hindi cinema may have changed drastically over time, but its soul remains the very same. “Screen mothers still make gaajar ka halwa ‘apne haathon se’ for their sons” trade analyst Komal Nahata once tweeted. For, (in the words of ‘The Newsweek’) “In spite of...
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    Society, Cinema and the Critic

    Which role would you play when you watch the Mumbai Film Festival?   Man is a political animal. So reflected Aristotle. He went a step further to see politics and culture as by-products of nature. Man is given speech and moral reason as natural, inborn, gifts. So, any further device,...
  • Is this the End of Mammootty?

    Stardom is fickle; occasionally lifting its achievers high up in the air only to throw them mercilessly down the hill. Sustained survival at the heights isn’t easy for it is dependent on the varying tastes and moods of an external source, a not-very-predictable audience. With eleven duds in a...
  • Intellectual Thieves

    When a material thief is caught, they are first beaten up and then imprisoned. Why then, are those charged (if ever) with the more severe crime of intellectual thievery, let off with a monetary fine? Plagiarism is a serious offense to thinkers, and those who are guilty of committing...
  • Cinema Under Siege

    I drew up the blinds one morning and watched the city’s critics striding in through the PVR Cinema entrance. Ah, the Big B’s big day; in a few hours, we would know if he’s done justice to his Shakespearean fan character. Instead, a while later, a mob appeared on...
  • Banishing Filmmakers from the Small Screen

    Tyrannical regulations, idiotic laws and edicts, and uncalled-for interference in the personal choices of the citizenry by the law creators and enforcers, and overzealous activists cannot be acceptable in a civilised society. The judgement of the Mumbai High Court to ban ‘A’ certified films on TV is patently wrong....
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  • Tyrannical regulations, idiotic laws and edicts, and uncalled-for interference in the personal choices of the citizenry by the law creators and enforcers, and overzealous activists cannot be acceptable in...
  • The mind and body of Hindi cinema may have changed drastically over time, but its soul remains the very same. “Screen mothers still make gaajar ka halwa ‘apne haathon...
  • The cinema of Malayalam, having since its alpha days attracted intellectual artists, has essentially been a canvas on which conscientious thinkers imaged the struggles of the individual. Of realism....
  • Stardom is fickle; occasionally lifting its achievers high up in the air only to throw them mercilessly down the hill. Sustained survival at the heights isn’t easy for it...