My first was on Ajith Kumar, the Tamil actor. Cynically this write-up was meant as bait for fans of the actor, who were visiting the website in droves. The column was written ahead of the release of Vedalam in 2015.
Post Sethu every actor in Tamil cinema took it upon himself to grow a beard. Here’s a short examination of why.
The Force Awakens was the first of the sequels. ‘Behindwoods’ gave me the column as I was fanatical about the series.
My first tutor of James Bond films was my Dad. He is no more. But every new Bond movie will remind me of him. I am grateful for the opportunity to write about Bond. This write-up was timed to be published ahead of Spectre.
The last one was about the rise of anti-heroes, starting with Nayakan. This subject could, in fact, take up an entire book.
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As Acham Enbathu Madamaiyada was released, I did a story on Gautham Menon. When I grew tired of superhero movies, I did this article for Outlookindia.com. My take on everybody’s favourite dragon story was published here.
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Tagged Dragons, films, Game of Thrones, Gautham Menon, GoT, Outlookindia.com, reviews, Superheroes, Tamil cinema, Tamilmovies
Since moving to Ooty last year, I have written a few articles for various websites. The attempt here is to present a slice of them. Please click through to read.
Before the release of Kabali, when expectations had reached fever pitch, I wrote this article for Scroll.
I wrote a column titled Flicks That Clicked for a friend who was then running a website. Only four columns appeared. Some of my political stories in Tamil Nadu have appeared here.
A fan’s viewpoint on rock artist Bob Dylan winning the Nobel was published here. Also, a list of his most famous songs was also published in Outlook’s website.
An article on Tamil movies completing 25 years was published on Outlook as well. Please take a look.
I have always loved Maharajapuram Santhanam. BLink gave me an opportunity to write this article about him.
This article on Ilaiyaraja appeared on The News Minute.
This was an early article I wrote for TNM. Was quite pleased when they published it.
Claude Chabrol is dead. I always thought I would get around to watching at least one of him movies before he dies. That sounds so selfish, but I feel a real sense of loss and disappointment. Loss that he is no more and disappointment in myself that I never got to know him through his movies.
With luck, I will be able to set right the second feeling.
Very few people can speak this well.
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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
— Max Ehrmann
Roger Ebert, one of the world’s most known and best loved film critics, lists the best movies of 2006, a year late. Ebert spent most of last year and a good part of this year in hospital. That’s why the list is late.