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Gautaman Bhaskaran

Gautaman Bhaskaran

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By Gautaman Bhaskaran

Why CBFC has refused to okay Malayalam documentary on Emergency

'21 Months of Hell' is mainly a run through of interviews with those who suffered during those dark days.

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Why Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are keeping Tamil Nadu on its toes about joining politics

The two Tamil superstars in the absence of movie hits have been keeping themselves relevant with their to-be-or-not-to-be-in-politics question.

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Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil, like Salman Khan, shouldn't feel he's above the law

The police and the judiciary must treat every citizen equally.

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Mammootty's fans are sending Parvathy rape and death threats. Shame on him

South Indian cinema industry is getting over-protective towards its male stars – almost obsessively so.

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Malayalam actress assault case: Shame media and fans went gaga over Dileep in Dubai

For them he was a hero who could do no wrong.

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S Durga losing battle at IFFI is ridiculous as it gets

The film is a powerful take on how men tend to view women, how they tend to objectify them.

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Chennai techie murder: Tamil cinema needs to stop glamourising stalking

Actors like Dhanush and Udhayanidhi Stalin have turned stalking into a fine art.

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India needs films like Nude and S Durga. Dropping it from IFFI Panorama is a shame

Those who took the decision may not have watched the movies at all.

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Prakash Raj's warning about Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan comes at right time

Let us not forget that Tamil Nadu is not a film set.

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Nude and S Durga out of IFFI Panorama, despite the jury choosing them, is appalling

What is the point of appointing a jury at public expense if the government is going to arbitrarily overrule it?

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Kamal Haasan, a big dream, but only a small sure step till now

He does not even have the kind of fan following which Rajinikanth has.

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Japan loves all things Tamil — actor Madhavan and Jallikattu 5-23 too

Time to hum 'India, love in Chennai'.

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Why Disha Patani playing Sangamithra hurts my Tamil sensibilities

It is really unfortunate that Shruti Haasan walked out of the movie.

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BJP must pay heed to Vijay-starrer Mersal to know what people feel about GST, digital transactions

Cinema being a medium which is so alive to its surroundings, will naturally talk about issues which people are worried about.

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Why I think even Irrfan Khan can't do justice to Tamil cinema

Language is an undeniable means of expression.

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Mersal: How Tamil superstar Vijay weathered one more storm of controversy

The movie is said to be a take on medical corruption which Tamil Nadu has been witnessing for many years now.

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Will Tamil films like Thupparivaalan, with no song and dance, ever work?

Indian cinema once relied on songs to push the plot, but now they usually stick out like sore thumbs.

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Aarushi murder: How Meghna Gulzar's Talvar presented a bang-on prediction of what was to come

Yet, we may not have seen the last of the high-profile murder case.

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Letting off actor Jay lightly for drunk driving is a mistake

Film stars in India are role models, they should set the right examples for the youth.

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Celebrations over Dileep's release should wait till he is proven innocent

We should have the decency to empathise with the actress who is a victim of sexual assault.

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Kamal Haasan versus Rajinikanth brings back forgotten rivalries of Indian cinema

History seems to be repeating in Tamil Nadu.

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Irrfan Khan-starrer Doob is a modern take on marital infidelity

The movie looks like a narrative drawn out of a Western home - where distress and disappointment are not allowed to turn into melodrama.

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Controversy over globally acclaimed film Sexy Durga is unfortunate

The director has clarified the film has nothing to do with either Goddess Durga or any other aspect of religion.

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Ramleela is actor Dileep's attempt to wriggle out of controversy

While cinema has been used with brilliant results for great causes, films have also been misused to propagate the evil designs of men.

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Will Kamal Haasan make a good politician?

The actor has announced that his decision to join politics is not out of choice, but compulsion, thus making it sound like a sacrifice.

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Thupparivaalan makes a ridiculous Sherlock Holmes

The acting is worse that the writing.

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I'm thrilled my cinema hall will block chatterboxes who spoil movie experience

Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai — to begin with — is planning to have shows with a Do Not Disturb tag.

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A tale of two stars, Vijay and Ajith, in an insecure Tamil cinema ruled by unruly fans

Ajith has opened a new chapter, which may just about check fans from going berserk.

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The problem with Tamil films like Taramani and VIP 2

Who wants weak coffee? Not me.

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Like Rajinikanth jokes, the superstar too is getting old and repetitive

Thalaiva's fans will be livid to hear this, but their hero needs to start essaying characters closer to his age.

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