By me. Published on June 16, 2017, The Hindu Thread. Much of film criticism about roles written for women in Tamil films revolves around the weakness of their characters and their purpose in the narrative. While this is warranted in most cases, it is unfair to the few strong characters
By me. Published on March 29, 2017, The Hindu Thread. When I pitched this essay about female antagonists, my editor replied with, “Great, lead with the unrepentant Neelambari!” Eighteen years on, Neelambari of Padayappa (1999) appears to be the most remembered ‘villi’ (colloquial for villainess) in Tamil cinema. With good reason. Neelambari
By me. Published on February 28, 2017, The Ladies Finger This line of thought — an actor’s credentials depending on his ability to play a woman — is a Tamil film staple, a residue of Tamil cinema’s history in stage-drama. Since then, even the most riotous of heroes have worn
By me. Published in October 2016, The Hindu Thread There will come a day when it would no more be shameful to admit that one enjoys a mega-serial (like we can now be unapologetic fans of popular cinema). Following that will come a day when television will create more meaningful, progressive content.
By me. Published in September 2016, Firstpost Click Art Museum in Chennai needs visitors to ‘complete’ paintings. Read the article here.
By me. Published in August 2016, The Hindu Thread. In the name of showcasing talented children, Tamil television programming has young actors put on adult roles under the guise of cuteness, blurring the line between precocious and inappropriate. Read the story here.
By me. Published in May 2016, The Hindu Thread. Tamil film heroes have an aura and gravitas that enables them to play characters who can defy societal norms and commit condonable crimes on screen. Read the story here.
When I pitched this essay about female antagonists, my editor replied with, “Great, lead with the unrepentant Neelambari!” Eighteen years on, Neelambari of Padayappa (1999) appears to be the most remembered ‘villi’ (colloquial for villainess) in Tamil cinema. With good reason. Neelambari is classic Tamil film villi — a stock character and
By me. Published in December 2014, The Forager My story about food, weddings and Tamil cinema in The Forager.
By me. Published in October 2014, Solvanam. A translated article exploring horror as a genre for women/feminist writers. You can read the article in Tamil here.
By me. Published in April 2014, Fountain Ink Magazine Seema Moses’ Bangalore was very different from the chaotic, traffic-stricken city it is today. The matriarch of one of Bangalore’s last Jewish families, she saw the city change over the decades. Read the story at Fountain Ink.
By me. Published in December 2013, Journal of South Asian Studies An academic paper in an international peer-reviewed journal exploring the role of clothing as a signifier of the identity of a marriageable woman in Tamil films. Read the paper here at the South Asianist Journal
These are the three DPs that @blahkumaran made for me. This post is long overdue. Thanks so much, Bala. Appreciate it muchly. 😀 [slideshow]
<The diary of a Twitter v0yeur – day three> If you don’t know what this means, you’ll probably have to read the previous posts tagged <the diary of a twitter v0yeur> Ayyo. Sunday. This is the time when the #knowledgeableChennaiCrowd is talking about the fantastic-ness of the Sunday coffee. Ayyo.
<The diary of a Twitter v0yeur – day two> If you don’t know what this means, you’ll probably have to read the previous posts tagged <the diary of a twitter v0yeur> It was a Saturday and hell, what else to people do on Saturdays than tweet about it? I decided
<The diary of a Twitter v0yeur – day one> If you don’t know what this means, you’ll probably have to read the previous posts tagged <the diary of a twitter v0yeur> Phew. This was a Friday. If normal Friday wasn’t bad enough, this was my first no-Twitter-Friday in ages. I
If you’ve snapped out of denial, the obvious next step is to deal with it. #PudhiyaThathuvam My fulltu plan to stay away from Twitter and find the life I seem to have lost somewhere along the way! Throw the tools If you’ve ever quit smoking, you’d know the number of
It’s that awkward moment when your insecurities and inadequacies suddenly stand up and do dappangoothu in front of our eyes. All the affection and lou on Twitter suddenly starts to * point and loff * at you. When that bird at the right hand top corner of your browser is
Dir: Akarsh Khurana Last week, I had a chance to watch Special Bond 2 on stage – a collection of Ruskin Bond’s short stories rather well enacted in stage. The adventures of three children in the hills of Dehradun were definitely a delight to watch. The play is technically not
One of the rarest stories from Indian mythology unfolded itself in an exquisite performance by Kapila Venu at the Ranga Shankara on Saturday. Kapila brought to Ranga Shankara the 2000-year-old theatre form practiced by a mere 50 people in the country today. Kutiyattam, the peculiar theatrical rendition of Sanskrit text
By Me. Published on 19 Apr 2011, Citizen Matters From an engineering graduate to the owner of one of the most sought after second hand bookshops in Bengaluru. Read my article in Citizen Matters.