Sujatha Narayanan

An impressive beginning in the Tamil Nadu box office amid meaningless bickering

The hurry with which social media was abuzz with the collection figures of Viswasam vs Petta was totally entertaining to watch.

21 Jan 2019

Musings about music

There is a song in 96 — Andhaadhi — which does not feature in the film, but is an masterful ensemble of eclectic instruments and voices.

24 Dec 2018

Why I hate ‘pucca mass’

But in an era where ‘cool’ abbreviations and acronyms make your updates and stories, where is the scope for good usage of language?

10 Dec 2018

When films live and die at the hand of Twitter

These days, a large part of why a big film tanks depends on how well it fairs on… Twitter.

26 Nov 2018

Will Sivakarthikeyan embrace a full-fledged comedy?

Will Sivakarthikeyan break away from his ‘hero-driven masala stories’ and give us cinema that takes us into its world and stays authentic to its story?

17 Sep 2018

New roles, new dreams for Vijay Sethupathi and Sivakarthikeyan

Let’s look at the idea of heroes thriving in pairs, a trend our film industry has always been privy to.

03 Sep 2018

Two women to be proud of

Sindhuja (from Pyaar Prema Kaadhal) and Kokila (from Kolamavu Kokila) are two women who have impressed me much last week.

20 Aug 2018

Two tracks for the soul

I always get skeptical when words like pooranam and panjavarna bhootham peep out of a film song.

06 Aug 2018

Web series: The dawn of a new era

The South is yet to warm up to producing and directing content for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.

23 Jul 2018

Maiden opportunities: Women in filmmaking

A television commercial shoot we did last week with Gautham Menon threw open the idea for this column.

09 Jul 2018

The Raja-Rahman question

That quintessential question — Are you a Raja fan or Rahman fan? — can possibly be met with only one answer: “Both.”

25 Jun 2018

The ten rules broken by 'Veere Di Wedding'

A weekday afternoon in Chennai. The show was housefull. The film was not Kaala, but Veere Di Wedding.

11 Jun 2018

Second Superstar

Nayanthara’s life, much like Savitri’s, has had a lot of turning points, and moments of despair and determination.

28 May 2018

Big Boss Season 2: Can Kamal Haasan recreate his magic?

Season 1 of Big Boss benefitted from Kamal Haasan's biting wit, instinctive humour that reflected an awareness of current affairs, and of course, his command over the Tamil language.

17 May 2018

Songs SP Balasubrahmanyam would have made a world of difference to

I ran a questionnaire on Twitter and Facebook asking fellow music lovers to list out three songs they felt SPB could have pulled off better. And what a wide variety of songs we got!

02 Apr 2018

Where Hindi cinema outshines us

Jyotika doing the Tumhari Sulu remake made me reminisce about times when Hindi cinema looked up at Tamil, Bengali, and Malayalam films for the pivotal women characters.

26 Mar 2018

The man who loved the city: Remembering director CV Sridhar

With no new films in the theatre, Sujatha Narayanan catch up on some of my favourite classics.

19 Mar 2018

Songs for a lifetime

Last year, and this year—so far—have been tremendous for Ilaiyaraaja.

05 Feb 2018

Shine on, you diamonds

The 80s brought into Tamil cinema some of the better actresses we have known, and some of them continued to rule the industry well into the 90s (Khushbu, for example).

22 Jan 2018

The enduring legacy of two legends

Like in the late 70s and 80s, we can again expect our beloved icons, Superstar and Ulaganayagan, to engage with us through films, interviews, and surprise announcements.

11 Dec 2017

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