Haider Movie Review

Why the Haider debate on anti-nationalism is misplaced!

Ever since the release of the third film in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy “Haider”, there has been a lot of debate about the movie’s ostensible representation of the Indian Army as the villain in the 1990s disturbance in the Kashmir valley. While there has been less dispute about the artistic merit of the film, viewers…

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Bharadwaj's Shkespearean Trilogy

Breaking Bard: Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean Trilogy

In early 2000s, when a music director, known mostly for his work in niche Hindi films, began travelling to festivals for his exposure to international cinema, he chanced upon his nephew reading a “children’s version” of Shakespeare’s works. Little did he know that what began as a leisurely reading exercise, would, almost a decade and a half later, culminate into one of the…

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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…

A R Rahman

In Search of A.R.Rahman

There’s an interesting paragraph in Baradwaj Rangan‘s post about A.R. Rahman‘s music for “I“, Shankar‘s latest magnum opus where he tells how he feels that the album is wholly individual and free.   “Free from the constraints of Tamil cinema. Free from hewing to situations. Free to leap off a cliff and land on a passing…