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Kochadaiyaan

Kochadaiyaan

[Cast: Rajinikanth, Deepika Padukone, Nasser, Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Rukmini, Aadhi; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Soundarya Rajinikanth] We have seen several high-quality motion-capture animation techniques in the past. Some of them we didn’t even know were executed using the motion-capture technique. Take Gollum for example. That wretched schizophrenic character in The Lord of the Rings […]

A New Era

A New Era

As we are all reeling under the hangover of the election results and mulling over the statistics and brass tacks of the percentages, it’s a good time to do some reflection on what happened and what’s ahead. The tsunami, or rather tsunamo as it is being called, has swept the nation. Barring a few states, […]

India’s ‘Number 2’ Problem

India’s ‘Number 2’ Problem

A YouTube video was doing the rounds yesterday in Facebook. A lot of people very excitedly shared it in their walls. All of them are well educated and reasonably well enlightened. This is what happens in that video: A group called Anonymous Indians have set out to campaign against urinating in public places. In Mumbai, […]

A Defence for Change

A Defence for Change

I have been seeing plenty of posts against the BJP in the social media. Some argue very persuasively, with intellectual clarity, on why we should not allow a right-wing party to gain power. Some appeal to baser instincts by ridiculing the catchphrase ‘Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar’ in a juvenile relish. Some are genuinely terrified […]

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

A Great Idea Called Aadhaar

Ever since the Supreme Court has slammed the government for not fully making Aadhaar non-mandatory, the social media has been rife with severe condemnations for the Aadhar Project in general and Nandan Nilekani in particular. Some have even gone down to the level of terming Nilekani as the copycat of the American system and being […]

Queen The Film

Queen The Film

[Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Hayden, Rajkumar Rao; Music: Amit Trivedi; Direction: Vikas Bahl] About fifteen years ago, when I moved to Hyderabad, I was shopping for grocery for the first time in my life. I called a wife of one of my friends and asked her for English word for ‘hing’. In the film Queen, […]

AK versus AK, and NN!

AK versus AK, and NN!

For the past few months I have been formulating my views towards the emergence of the aggressive anti-corruption political party AAP and its rabble-rousing founder Arvind Kejriwal. I have been analysing and expressing my views on what exactly is wrong with the party and its founder. I read Kejriwal’s Swaraj and Guha’s book on Gandhi […]

Highway

Highway

[Cast: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhat, Durgesh Kumar; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Imtiaz Ali] Highway is a classic example for the dilemma a film-critic faces. Here’s where you see a great movie in the making, in the draft table, a very sincere effort from the film-maker and a relatively unique script, some terrific performances, inspired […]

Happy Independence Day, Telengana

Happy Independence Day, Telengana

During the formation of Andhra Pradesh, apparently Nehru remarked that the joining of Telengana region was like an alliance of matrimony between unwilling partners with a provision for divorce later. I’m not sure Nehru really said that, and there have been conflicting reports. I skimmed through the Collected Works of Nehru for evidence of this, […]

Fall of the Anarchists – Part II

Fall of the Anarchists – Part II

This is the second part of my analysis of Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation. To read Part I, click here. In this piece I take the second approach to analyse Kejriwal’s resignation: the way of Indian democracy. More than anything else, what disturbs me the most is Arvind Kejriwal’s disrespect towards Indian democracy. He makes sweeping allegations […]