March 2012

Mayakkam Enna

Mayakkam Enna

Cast: Dhanush, Richa, Gangobadyay; Director: Selvaraghavan; Music: G V Prakash Selvaraghavan’s heroes are famous losers. They are arrogant, chauvinistic, semi-literate wanderers who don’t know how to communicate with opposite sex. Their sexual frustration often projects as misogyny. They slander, abuse, strip, beat and dominate their women. In the end, this very dominance proves to be […]

The First Day of Rest of Your Life

The First Day of Rest of Your Life

Original French title: Le premier jour du reste de ta vie; Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman and Déborah François; Director: Rémi Bezançon French were the original torchbearers of the New Wave movement that changed the filmmaking world. Even Tamil films were affected by this movement. Balu Mahendra combined French New Wave and Italian Neo Realism […]

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields

The recent documentary from Channel 4 on the war crimes of Sri Lanka must be one of the most widely watched videos on the net among the Tamils, and also the most widely shared in the social network. This documentary is one of the key evidences for people demanding action against the Sri Lankan government […]

David Nicholls and the Sense of Irony

David Nicholls and the Sense of Irony

‘Is One Day the UK’s favourite book of the year?’ screamed one of the magazine headlines last year. It wasn’t exactly Harry Potter but One Day had its day in the sun. Rightfully so, many may wish to add. One Day is David Nicholls’ third book. His first, Starter for Ten is his funniest, and […]

Dalit versus Thugs

Dalit versus Thugs

‘It’s the matter of choosing between the Dalit versus the thugs,’ quipped Beni Prasad Verma, in one of his classy one-liners. It sounds almost as if Dalit is an insult but he, obviously, wouldn’t make such mistakes. He meant it good-naturedly at Mayavati’s party and took a dig at Samajwadi Party in churlish way. As […]

Breathless

Breathless

Cast: Ik-Joon Yang, Kot-bi Kim, Man-shik Jeong; Direction: Ik-Joon Yang Breathless is not a violent film. In fact in the benchmark of South Korean films, it is one of the softest films ever made in the south of Pyongyang. Yet, there is enough violence in the film to make you wince. Yet this film is […]

Ilaiyaraaja and the Incubator

Ilaiyaraaja and the Incubator

It was quite some time since I heard any Ilaiyaraaja songs. So I was a bit excited when Dhoni audio was released. Whilst the songs weren’t even pale imitations of his 80s chartbusters, they were listenable just for the loyalty sake. However, I stumbled upon something else when I Googled on Dhoni songs. My fascination […]