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#SPEAKYOURMIND WITH ASHIKA RANGNATH
What is Ashika Rangnath like off the camera? Actually, the only difference is that I’m extremely talkative off camera. When I’m on the set, I usually keep to myself and don’t talk much. But when I’m in my comfort zone with friends and family off...
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IN AN INDUSTRY WHERE ONLY THE FITTEST SURVIVE, I HAVE STRIVED TO MAKE MY OWN MARK
The interview took long. The wait, I mean. It took longer than any interview I have done in the past. We aren’t complaining though. Let’s understand, Varun Tej is a busy man. He is only 29. And he is focused. Well, he plays a gangster...
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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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I AM NOT A COMEDIAN: SV SEKAR
I clearly remember his amazing comic timing in Shankar’s Jeans, and even though he considers his role in the film as nothing more than a cameo (which we strongly disagree with), SV Sekar is one of those faces from Tamil theatre and cinema that you...
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FREEDOM IS SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD ENJOY, SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO: VARALAXMI SARATHKUMAR
Holiday Inn, Chennai OMR, IT Expressway, was gracious enough to host a few differently-abled footballers and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as we shot the cover for this edition that celebrates freedom. This was also our 50th Edition and so we were happy that we could shift focus...
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MY LIFE HAS BEEN ENRICHED BY HIS PRESENCE
‘KARNAD STOPPED ME FROM GOING TO MUMBAI AND MADE ME HIS ASSISTANT ON MOVIES INSTEAD’ I remember the first time I saw Karnad. He had just moved into the neighbourhood in JP Nagar and came over to our house with bellulli tambuli (a traditional Kannadiga...
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I DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS TO LIVE WITHOUT PASSION
Being around someone as passionate as Gautami is an experience in itself. Absolutely devoid of star tantrums or the air of obnoxiousness we expect from film stars today, Gautami is down-to-earth, well-grounded and speaks with the wisdom of a lifetime full of experiences. “I have...
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HOW THE STARS ALIGNED FOR SAM
All I really want to do is create music. So why not spend my life in music?” asks Sam CS. A Tamil boy who grew up in Munnar and migrated to Chennai in search of work, Sam never dreamt that he would ever work in...
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