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Shamitabh

Shamitabh

[Cast: Amitabh Bacchan, Dhanush, Akshara Hassan; Music: Ilaiyaraja; Direction: R. Balki] Self-referenced indulgent movies aren’t new to Indian cinema. Many of Shah Rukh and Rajini movies continually refer back to their previous hits in the hope of extracting some excited cheer from their fans. Shamitabh is the next milestone in that journey of self-referenced films. […]

Mariyan

Cast: Dhanush, Parvathi Menon, Appukutty, Salim Kumar, Uma Riyaz Khan; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Bharat Bala There’s a lovely scene at the very early stages of the film. Panimalar, the lead girl in the film, goads Maryan into visiting their neighbourhood church. She is desperately in love with him although he doesn’t reciprocate it. […]

Being a Woman

Being a Woman

This is not an article about the film Raanjhana, but it contains spoilers from the film. So those who haven’t seen the film and are intending to, please be warned. There are three essays in today’s Hindu on the influences of the film Raanjhana. Is it misogynistic? No, argues Swara Bhaskar, one of the actresses […]

Raanjhanaa

Raanjhanaa

Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Baskar, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub; Director: Anand Rai; Music: A R Rahman The film was in focus for many reasons. It is Dhanush’s Bollywood debut. It’s a test for a south Indian hero in the competitive (and apparently racist) Hindi film industry. It is the second film by the director who […]

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Cast: Dhanush, Shruti Hassan, Prabhu, Banupriya, Rohini; Director: Aishwarya Dhanush; Music: Anirudh Aishwarya has worked as Selvaraghavan’s assistant. Dhanush has played most of Selvaraghavan’s characters; therefore psychologically disturbed characters are not new to both the director and the actor. Aishwarya is only the third of the female directors attempting that profession in the male-dominated Tamil […]

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 […]