February 2013

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

We Indians aren’t new to scams. Especially with today’s central government, we have grown highly accustomed to seeing one skeleton after another tumble out of the closet; so much so that it’s scary that we may soon lose interest. It has already become a joke among the middle classes. One Facebook post had two imaginary […]

Hanging Woes

Hanging Woes

On Saturday, 8th February 2013, India proved that it is a very weak and insecure republic. Probably it is, but it was made public by the central government’s decision to secretly execute Afzal Guru. The reason for the inordinate delay for rejecting the mercy petition was politically motivated vote-bank calculation. This quick and hurried execution […]

Viswaroopam

Viswaroopam

[Cast: Kamal Hassan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekar Kapoor; Music: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy; Direction: Kamal Hassan] Viswaroopam is a very good film. Looks like Kamal Hassan has been preparing for this kind of film for a long time. Make no mistake, he is one of the best script writers in India. His greatest […]

Kadal

Kadal

Cast: Arvind Swamy, Arjun, Gautham Karthik, Thulasi Nair; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Mani Ratnam Kadal starts off with a great promise. Too bad it remains just that: a great promise, but unfulfilled. Yet again, Mani Ratnam dabbles with one of his favourite themes, of good and evil. It is difficult to think that the […]

Freedom and Hypocrisy

Freedom and Hypocrisy

In many art galleries in London, including the famed Tate Modern, you can see art that intentionally confounds you, even aggravates you. Some are downright silly and some are plain offensive. The notes next to these works encourage the viewer to question the premise of art. What is art? What is the role of art […]