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Karthik Keramalu

A FULLY FILMY 2021
As we cheerfully ring in the New Year, we must remember that the virus is still here and so are the dangers. The pandemic may have taken away many things that we considered dear, but it hasn’t snatched away our will to enjoy movies on...
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THE BEST OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)
Movies bring people together. They bring cultures together. They minimize the gap between borders and emotions. When a Kannada film makes noise on an OTT platform, Telugu meme-makers take it upon themselves to make fiery, relevant content. Similarly, when a Hollywood film trailer releases, netizens...
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THE HOME PREMIERE IS HERE!
Even as COVID-19 continues to spread its wings, life, under lockdown, seems to be slowly getting back on track. Although, it’s not the same as it was six months ago, it’s not the same as it was a month ago either. Theatres remain closed and...
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FILMS IN THE TIME OF QUARANTINE
It’s certainly a difficult time for living and breathing people all over the world. For a majority of the population (including India), a pandemic is something that we haven’t witnessed in our lives until now. We may have even gone to wars with neighboring countries...
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SOUTH INDIAN FILMS WHERE WOMEN REALLY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO
Films have, over the years, become more about inclusivity, but when you think of the cavity that exists in the matter of roles written for women in South Indian cinema, it’s still a big one. Writers and directors are, even today, making movies where leading...
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HOW CELLULOID LOVES ITS FOOD
While Ustad Hotel and The Lunchbox have food as one of the main non-living characters, the Telugu film Pelli Choopulu (2016) uses the same theme in the capacity of a supporting character to guide its leading man towards his destiny. Whenever I think of food,...
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UNDERSTANDING THE SCREEN MOTHER
IN Indian films, the roles that mothers played, until recently, were mostly stereotyped. They were always shown as the caregivers who presented themselves at the drop of a hat to solve the problems of their children. It didn’t matter if the children themselves were in...
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FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH CINEMA
Super Deluxe (Tamil): Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe is a film that speaks about a lot of things. The director gets the canvas to philosophize on relationships shared between mothers and sons, husbands and wives, and their interactions with the world outside their homes. When a...
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STREAMING IT SOUTH
When the first season of Sacred Games released on Netflix last year, millennials were quick to point out the inherent nature of violence and frontal nudity in the eight-episode crime thriller. In a particularly poignant scene in episode four, Kukoo (Kubra Sait), a transwoman, unfastens...
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THE NATURE OF BIOPICS
When I was in school, I remember watching the Telugu film Mayuri (1985). It confused me a little bit. Firstly, as Sudha Chandran plays herself in the film, I had a difficult time in separating facts from fiction. It also wowed me, because here was...
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