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Interview: Shaji Karun

??MY STRENGTHS ARE THE VISUALS, NOT WORDS’ Shaji Karun’s first film was about a commoner. His forthcoming feature is about Raja Ravi Varma. The filmmaker talks about aspects of this interesting journey. APR 23, 2006 – TYPE IN WWW.SHAJI.INFO AND you’ll be greeted by the photograph you see in this story. If this isn’t a […]

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Interview: K Balachander

‘I DON’T LIKE TO REST’ On the eve of the release of his 101st feature _ the young-love story, ‘Poi’ _ director K Balachander talks about the journey from then to now. SEP 10, 2006 – Let’s start at the very beginning! When you first came into the movies _ from the theatre _ what […]

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Review: Paruthi Veeran

THIS SON ALSO RISES Sivakumar’s younger boy debuts in a showcase for how good filmmaking can (almost) overcome mediocre material. MAR 2, 2007 – IF FLAVOUR WERE TO DETERMINE THE WORTHINESS OF A MOVIE Paruthi Veeran is a classic, one for the ages. It begins with scenes from a thiruvizha — I would have said […]

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Looking back at Harry Potter

DECONSTRUCTING HARRY As the world looks forward to the latest _ and the last _ Harry Potter adventure, here’s looking back on what made the series so magical. JULY 15, 2007 – ABOUT TWO-THIRDS INTO Book Five, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dolores Umbridge, the hateful High Inquisitor of the Hogwarts School […]

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

THE WIZARD OF AWES JK Rowling gives her deservedly celebrated series a rousing _ and very satisfying _ sendoff. JULY 23, 2007 – IT IS OMINOUS, but perhaps not entirely unsurprising, that JK Rowling prefaces Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a couple of quotes about death (one of them from Aeschylus _ “…the […]

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Bergman, A Tribute

GETTING PERSONA Ingmar Bergman has left behind a number of films to remember him by. Here’s looking at one of the most baffling — and most beautiful. AUG 5, 2007 – RUMOUR HAS IT that Jacques Rivette and Jean-Luc Godard spent a few tense hours in their homes this Monday last, wondering if the next […]

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Between Reviews: Love Letter to a Love Story

LOVE LETTER TO A LOVE STORY APR 6, 2008 – ONE REASON THEY’RE CALLED “MOTION PICTURES” could be that they’re never at rest inside your head. They infiltrate, then gestate, then mutate _ sometimes combining with memories from other movies and morphing into a different genetic creation altogether, and sometimes overlapping with your own wishful […]

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Between Reviews: Dutt’s Entertainment

DUTT’S ENTERTAINMENT AUG 10, 2008 – THE FUSTY CLICH_ ABOUT LIFE IMITATING ART and art imitating life sprang to gruesome life on the evening of October 9, 1964, when Abrar Alvi went to Ark Royal, Guru Dutt’s flat on Peddar Road, to flesh out the final scene of Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi, in which the […]

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Interview: Ram Gopal Varma

FACTORY TALK Ram Gopal Varma opens up about being a certain kind of director, about why Contract didn’t work, and about why the upcoming Phoonk is more than just a horror film. AUG 15, 2008 – ABOUT FIVE MINUTES AFTER SITTING DOWN across Ram Gopal Varma, I’m beginning to realise he’s hijacked the interview. There’s […]

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Films & Feni: Bonding And Betrayal

BONDING AND BETRAYAL NOV 25, 2008 – IS THERE ANYTHING AS REASSURING ABOUT the future of the human race as the sight of people being angrily shushed as their mobile phones announce an incoming call in the middle of a film screening? Or people unafraid to walk into movie theatres alone, simply to enjoy the […]