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Taapsee Pannu as Rumi sports a mop of auburn-red curly hair.

19 Sep 2018

C/o Kancherapalem: Of purity and potency

C/o Kancherapalem is a meditation on caste and masculinities, the pressures on women to stay pure and showcase their purity at all ages, and that on men to be ‘men’ – to showcase their potency.

12 Sep 2018

A trope reversal

Just last week I had written about Nayanthara starring as the biggie, leading the projects she lends her name too, and this week I watched another film of hers.

05 Sep 2018

Kolamavu Kokila movie review: The film makes light of everything women in our cinema are usually scared of

Nayanthara’s Kokila has no problem manipulating all of the men around her, even to the extent of making sure an extra guy dies just so she will be safe.

29 Aug 2018

Pyaar Prema Kaadhal: A fine romcom, finally

I have written a lot about romcoms and their importance as a woman watching commercial Tamil cinema in this very column, but watching Pyaar Prema Kaadhal, Elan’s new film made me realise one more thin

22 Aug 2018

A Comedy for our times: Better Life Foundation

The one show in recent times that has managed to impress with its top-notch writing and self-aware humour is Better Life Foundation, starring Navin Richard and Sumukhi Suresh, among others.

15 Aug 2018

The vulnerable, yet strong woman

Telugu cinema has an interesting romcom space but with Chi La Sow, we are entering a drama-romance-comedy era, a drom-com if you will, a combination that has interesting effects.

08 Aug 2018

The deliberate slowness of Koode

In Koode, Anjali Menon offers viewers and her cast a dreamlike landscape in a surreal story. The ordinariness of the supernatural in this film, reminded me of Murakami, in fact.

02 Aug 2018

An equal music

I have always had a thing for the ‘Eastmancolor’ films. There’s a certain innocence attached to them.

25 Jul 2018

Tamizh Padam 2: A critique of male gaze from within

In Tamizh Padam 2, director CS Amudhan offers a critique of the male gaze as an insider, and as small a part of the larger spoof on the state of our films, I appreciated it. 

18 Jul 2018

The blistering truth of Hannah Gadsby's Nanette and what it means to us

As this column reaches its first anniversary (it began on print on 12th July last year and appeared online a day before that), I cannot think of a better day and way to move forward than to talk about

11 Jul 2018

Telugu romcoms and its women

What is interesting about Telugu romcoms is that there aren’t just manic pixies strewn all over screenplays.

20 Jun 2018

Easwari Rao stands tall and towers over everyone in Kaala

The mature romance also humanises both the man and the woman on frame and creates more or less equal plane, as opposed to the kind of inequity commercial cinema’s romance tracks often carry.

13 Jun 2018

A brief history of fridging in Tamil cinema

In 1999, a website called Women in Refrigerators was born, thanks to feminists who also happened to love comic books.

06 Jun 2018

The missing support for female gaze

In one of the making videos of Mahanati, I was happy to see an army of women working off screen, but that only brought back the same old questions.

30 May 2018