Friday, May 24, 2024

Film and TV

At Cannes, we share a common artistic language that transcends borders: “All we imagine as light” actor Kani Kusruti

Payal Kapadia's "All We Imagine as Light" is the first Indian film to compete at the Cannes Film Festival in 30 years. This fiction feature follows two nurses, actors Kani Kusruti and Divya Prabha, from Kerala who are roommates in Mumbai. A trip to a beach town allows them to find a space for their desires to manifest.

Misrepresentation of Tawaif culture in Bollywood films

The captivating aesthetics of films like "Heeramandi" evoke a sense of awe among viewers. However, the apparent disregard...

Manjummel; the toxic dark place where everybody remains stuck

A week after the release of Manjummel Boys, a survival thriller film based on a true story, I watched it in Delhi, far from my hometown where there was no sign of its release. I was surprised to see that Delhi’s cinemas were packed. Sitting next to me, a Tamil lady kept whispering in her daughter's ear, “Subhash’e, Subhash’e” to keep her engaged. The larger hall was resounding with laughter, cheers, and maybe silent cries too. 

American Fiction: Who defines your narrative and why?

American Fiction bluntly satirises this fashionable zeitgeist and shatters its progressive myths, challenging the false pretensions of capitalism’s culture production-spanning the industries of publishing, awards, and filmmaking-that it's open to new, different voices from the margins and the underprivileged.

“As a nation, we did not have a religious identity before but now I don’t know why…”: Actor Vidya Balan

India has become “more polarised” when it comes to religion, with people desperately searching for anything that gives them a sense of “identity,” said award winning actor Vidya Balan.

South Indian films ahead of Bollywood as they aren’t bogged down by ‘astronomical’ star fees: Dibakar Banerjee

Acclaimed filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee says that Bollywood is so disconnected from its roots

“Aadujeevitham”: Fails in its adaptation, survives on visual grandeur and built-up anticipation

One can understand how the idea of Najeeb’s Iman in the novel is universalised into Hope in the film. This might appear as nit picking but given the current situation, I cannot help but highlight how Islamic narratives are appropriated by liberal language use. 
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Watching ‘Dune’ from the East

Second part of the 'Dune' film series, adapted from Frank Herbert’s novel of the same title and directed by Denis Villeneuve with a stellar cast of globally acclaimed actors like Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya and Javier Bardem, is gaining attention worldwide. Rising Box office collections and high ratings have made it a remarkable success. 

‘Badaweih’: Palestinian folk song in ‘The Goat Life’ wins hearts

The Palestinian folk song ‘Badaweih,’ featured in the upcoming Malayalam movie ‘Aadujeevitham’ (The Goat Life) and sung by Sanaa Moussa, is garnering attention and love.
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Oppenheimer sweeps awards with best picture, director and actor wins: Full list of winners

Oppenheimer is the big winner of the 96th Oscars after scooping seven awards including best picture and best actor for Cillian Murphy.

What is CSpace, India’s first government-backed OTT platform?

Kerala's state-owned Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) has officially launched CSpace, India's first government-backed Over-The-Top (OTT) platform on 7 March, Thursday, with its primary aim to support low-budget and independent films while addressing content selection and distribution challenges in the OTT sector.
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Hate against Muslims: Regulator asks Aaj Tak, News18 India, Times Now Navbharat to take down shows

On February 28, the News Broadcasting and Digital Standards Authority (NBDSA) ordered television news channels News18 India, Times Now Navbharat and Aaj Tak to take down videos of several shows...

Manjummel Boys: a proletarian determination

The notable aspect of Manjummel Boys is that each character is thoughtfully crafted with depth and nuance, resulting in a well-rounded and engaging cast. Undoubtedly, Manjummel Boys will be known for its exemplary making as film in the future. 
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SAG Award 2024: The full list of wins

The SAG Awards took place in Los Angeles on Saturday, honouring the best acting performances of the year in TV and film. Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was the big winner of the night, cementing its status as the frontrunner ahead of the Oscars on 10 March.

Premalu: “JK ” How innocent is this kidding?

Some might call me a spoil sport for this, but I really did keep it all aside while watching, minute after minute and I am in immense awe of the clever dialogues, warming humour and attentive observations. But like how a "jk" isn't always so innocent, some benefit of doubt needn't always be given.
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Man, Memory and Mammootty: Watching ‘Bramayugam’

Mammootty unleashes himself as the provider and protector of certain ugly truths in this parochial private setting. The bodily movements (even the lack of it) allow the spectator to understand the dynamic in which the narrative intends to move.

Art Deco, aspiration, and air in middle cinema

I was already a mother when I first came to know that the house I live in is called Art Deco by architects and academics.
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