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Thoughts on Mayaanadhi

Yes, I FINALLY watched it. After so many months of waiting. And boy, was it worth the wait! This was such a gem of a film, with two beautifully realized leads surrounded by equally wonderful supporting characters. Mayaanadhi is a romance, but it is also much more than that. It’s a story about two individuals who have had a rough past, but find solace in each other.

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Book Review – The Fisher-Queen’s Dynasty

Ever since I read Sita’s Sister last year, I have been in love with Kavita Kane’s writing. There are many authors these days who are tweaking tales from Indian Mythology by narrating it from POV’s of different characters, like Ramayana from the perspective of Raavana. Mahabharata from the perspective of Bhima, and so on. What makes Kavita stand out is that she chooses to narrate these familiar tales from the perspective of some of the women in these epics. Not the primary female characters like Draupadi or Sita, but the sidelined, almost neglected characters like Urmila, Surpanakha, Uruvi (Karna’s wife) and the apsara Menaka. In her latest novel – The Fisher Queen’s Dynasty – she narrates the tale of Satyavati – ‘the woman who set off the sequence of events that ended in the bloody battle of Kurukshetra,’

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Koode – Anjali Menon Is Back With A Melancholic Tale Of Relationships That Will Make You Smile Through Your Tears

Koode marks the return of two enormously talented people to the Malayalam Film Industry after a four-year long hiatus – filmmaker Anjali Menon and actress Nazriya Nazim. It is very refreshing to see how sorely these two women were missed, evident by the excitement the first looks and songs generated. Both of them had created a vacuum in the industry that was impossible to fill. And now the two of them are back after their last outing together – the much-loved Bangalore Days (2014) – with Koode, another story about relationships – Anjali Menon’s forte. Continue reading “Koode – Anjali Menon Is Back With A Melancholic Tale Of Relationships That Will Make You Smile Through Your Tears”

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Tamizh Padam 2 – Not As Fresh Or Fun As Thamizh Padam, But Enjoyable Nevertheless

I must have been living under a rock all these years, because I had never heard of the 2010 widely acclaimed parody film Thamizh Padam until the internet was flooded by the innovative posters of its successor – Tamizh Padam 2 – earlier this year. I decided to check out Thamizh Padam two weeks ago, and after I picked myself up from where I fell on the floor laughing, I began counting the days until I could catch the sequel on the big screen. And my sentiments were echoed by most of Tamil Nadu. Tamizh Padam 2 is director CS Amudhan’s second film, and I don’t think any other director’s comeback has been welcomed with so much enthusiasm as his.

Before I proceed, I urge every Tamil movie lover to scoot off and watch Thamizh Padam RIGHT NOW, if you haven’t already, and then come back to this post. Shoo!

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October – A Poignant Tale Of An Unusual Relationship

Some movies make you laugh. Some make you cry. Some can even make you do both. But October made me do neither. And I mean it in a good way. The film had all the potential of being a tear-jerker. But this film doesn’t vie for our tears. Instead, it left me with a heavy ache in my heart. Right after watching this I watched a happy Telugu film. That one was good too, but when I was lying on my bed waiting for sleep to hit me, I realized that the heavy ache was still present.  And October filled my thoughts for the next few days.

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AMMA, Dileep, Power Dynamics, Misogyny and The Malayalam Film Industry

Today evening I came across this piece by Sowmya Rajendran, which resonated with me so much that I was inspired to write this post. Like I explained in my previous post, it was through Malayalam films that I established a connect to my mother tongue and my state, despite living so far away from Kerala. I was always proud of Malayalam films, and I could talk a mile a minute about how Malayalam churns out realistic, wonderful pieces of cinema every year. Sure, there are many bad apples in the cart, but the good ones are usually so good that it negates the effect of the bad ones. Even today, my respect and love for Malayalam films remain intact, but the same cannot be said about the industry and its ‘stars’.

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Identity – Musings of an NRI

“Where are you from?” A simple question. When I came to Bangalore and joined college, this was the first question people would ask, after my name of course. Most of my friends had it easy. “I am from Tamil Nadu.” “I am from Kerala.” I am from Delhi.” They answer the question in a sentence, or even a word. While it takes two sentences, sometimes more, for me to explain myself.

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