2018 – Top 20 Tamil Songs

I feel sad whenever I see a Tamil movie without songs. Modern sensibilities dictate too much of focus on stories and stunts and twists and taut screenplays. However, what ultimately misses is what art is destined to be: expression of the freedom within. With cinema being an art form in its essence, music has been …

2.0: That Magnificent Rage and its Flying Machine

 

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“I am Chitti” and then comes that slick fractional pause of the hand in the air before pounding down on its fist on distilled authority, calling out, “Reloaded. Version 2.0”. This uncanny sense of style from Rajni sets thrilling vibes for a spectacular showdown to follow. Rajnikanth and Shankar have worked in …

April 24, 2017
2: 21 AM

Vanamagan : Harris 50

It took Harris 16 years to make 50 albums, inarguably not as prolific as his peers, Yuvan, GV Prakash and Imman, who grew professionally alongside and also have hit great peaks during this period. But Harris has always been a model of consistency –whether it is for the good or bad in a listener’s perspective. …

Larry Crowne: Schooling and Scootering

I picked Larry Crowne for its poster. It maybe a tribute to the endearing classic Roman Holiday but Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts riding gleefully on a scooter can never take a pass. Somehow, the sound of vintage scooters in movies enchants me. Old age scooters revving with low key grunts and hiccuping to a …

July 18, 2016
12: 42 AM

Tracks: Poetry through Perseverance

Tracks can monopolize your thoughts after a single viewing. Faraway in the depths of the Australian Outback, an expansive, uncouth terrain filled with dunes and red dust and fuming waterholes and sacred spaces and secluded settlements and solitary ruins and remains of dead animals crackling in the sandy winds like dried leaves, stands a woman …

July 9, 2016
12: 40 AM

Hiatus in Himachal – Part 3

En route to Mahasu Peak, when I saw one of the horses raring wildly towards me, bucking and kicking in the nads of other ponies nearby, I turned and looked at my wife who saw the light go out in my eyes. I’d never wondered until then about the freight logistics in domestic passenger flights; …

June 30, 2016
11: 22 PM

Hiatus in Himachal – Part 2

When I logged in to do an online check-in for our flight to Chandigarh, I found that we were assigned the last two seats in front of the lavatory. Initially, I thought that MakeMyTrip had not selected our seats as it would have cost them a whopping 300 Rupees causing a dent in their quarterly …

June 29, 2016
8: 52 PM

Hiatus in Himachal – Part 1

With our car dangling at the tip of a cliff and a gaping void underneath, the voice command system would repeat, “You have arrived at your destination. Step out of the vehicle. You are now about to enter a happy place. Close your eyes and jump off into the valley of emptiness”. This voice could …

May 30, 2016
2: 50 AM

Tamil Cinema

You wait in a queue leading to the counter. It maybe a short queue but the wait is long enough to bother you. Sometimes, it’s the excitement, the build-up to the show that keeps you hanging there. You do a rapid scanning of the seats and choose the center-most and the farthest from the screen …

April 22, 2016
3: 16 AM

Hush (2016)

Along the lines of a few masterfully made Intruder thrillers like Funny Games, Panic Room comes Hush in a color much darker and with a fear more visceral in nature. If you had watched the opening scenes of Scream, in which Drew Barrymore’s character is stalked by an unknown caller over the phone,