Film Certification
Why are we encouraging our children/teens to view bloody, violent films? Are we attempting to breed a violent race?
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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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    Watching Cinema—the Good, Bad & Ugly

    A few years back, when we were moving into a frenzy celebrating the centenary of cinema, noted Czech novelist Milan Kundera voiced his strong denial against such observance stating that “we have come to the era of post-art in a world where art is dying because the need for...
  • World Viewing Women Cinema

    World Viewing Women Cinema

    It was an era where everything was being phallocentric, including women. Women started to think like man, see like man and even perceive like man. Language and literature was also being male centred. Women started to lode their identity as a gender of its own. It was during this...
  • Cinema and women

    Of Cinema and Women

    The influence of media on people is unexplainable. It starts from simple mundane things as buying a pen, but extends to extremes of life changing decision making and so on. When we speak of media it includes every aspect of it, beginning from the newspapers to the cyber world...
  • Traveling Abroad

    Traveling abroad in Hindi films: The Nervousness of the Global Indian

    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...
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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...
  • Defining Women Cinema

    Defining ‘Women Cinema’

    The history of cinema backs up unto 1890. Like in theatre, cinema also had a period when films were tabooed for women. During this period, women were not even allowed to play the role of the heroine on screen, and it was men who dressed up as women to...
  • 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...

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