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Deconstructing Darkness: An Analysis of Mysskin’s ‘Crime’ Trilogy

There was a time in Tamil cinema, when the camera used to fidget around a character and his actions in a jittery way to convey a sense of tense unease. That was the time when a ‘dialogue’ sequence merely meant showing two persons talk it out complete, with the camera fixed in mid-shot. That was…

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Top 15 Friendship Songs of Tamil Cinema

Friendship is one emotion that Tamil cinema has never failed to celebrate. Right from heartfelt childhood reminiscences to crazy ‘buddy’ fun, we have it all in our films. With brilliant and unconventional depictions of college ties, gangster pals, platonic intimacies and inspirational bonds, our filmmakers have never failed to surprise us with their takes on…

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Most Influential Non-living Props/Elements in Tamil Cinema: A Perspective

Engrossing tales have been woven around special props/elements right from the birth of storytelling. Tamil cinema too has had its share of experimentation with scripts based on unique elements, now and then. The latest movie to portray a non-living element with unmatched style and sensitivity was Ranjith’s Madras. The looming shadows, the eerie feel and…

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Aranmanai Movie Review: Ghost Movie Blues!

This debacle can be explained only one way. No three ways about it :)  It appears to me that on one inspired night, Sundar had watched ‘Amman’. ‘Rajakaliamman;, ‘Palhayathamman’, ‘Dhurgaiamman’ and ‘Padaiveethamman’ back to back on a repeated loop and ended it all with ‘Chandramukhi’ before going to bed. The lucky chap wakes up the next…