Ms Representation: The grey shades of love

Valentine’s Day is just over, and love is still in the air. For Tamil cinema, that means bringing back the romance on-screen. And this is one genre that cannot exist without its women. As a female Tamil actor recently observed, women do not get meaty roles unless it is a romcom or a romantic drama. It might be a reflection of the limited roles and spaces we want to see women in, especially on-screen; nevertheless, the genre is crucial when speaking about women’s portrayal. Sure, it has its pitfalls. But, this genre has given us some terrific women characters and has done so more consistently than others. That said, as with every genre, romance also has its share of stereotypes. Kutty Story — the love anthology from Gautham Vasudev Menon, Nalan Kumarasamy, Venkat Prabhu, and Vijay — attempts to break a few of these.

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I watched Asmaa only after the tweets started: Aruvi director Arun Prabhu Purushothaman

Like it or hate it, it is definitely not possible to ignore Aruvi. The film has opened to a phenomenal response, wowing critics and audience alike. Several have anointed it as the movie of the year. Amid all the celebration, there are also several questions that the movie has raised. Excerpts from a conversation with the man of the moment, Arun Prabhu Purushothaman as we break down several elements from Aruvi. Continue reading “I watched Asmaa only after the tweets started: Aruvi director Arun Prabhu Purushothaman”

Aruvi movie review: This Aditi Balan film is a must watch

How do you review a movie like Aruvi? As someone who strongly believes that reviews should be spoiler-free, Aruvi is a movie that makes me want to break my own rules. For it is a movie that hits you so hard that you want to talk about everything in the movie, in detail. Aptly named Aruvi (waterfall), the movie is a cascade of emotions: laughter, tears, anger, loneliness, the film has everything in a neat package. It is a struggle to find a beginning point when a film has almost everything working in its favour. Continue reading “Aruvi movie review: This Aditi Balan film is a must watch”

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