Autism in Cinema: Are Indian films getting it right?

When it comes to Autism on the silver screen, the 1988 Hollywood film Rain Man created a watershed moment. The highest grossing film of that year, Rain Man was unanimously celebrated for its autistic lead character, played by Dustin Hoffman, who exhibited what later became the earliest reference point for ‘savant skills’. The term refers to the extraordinary skills that a person on the autism spectrum sometimes portrays — think Thomas Alva Edison, Sir Isaac Newton or Alfred Hitchcock. Continue reading “Autism in Cinema: Are Indian films getting it right?”

Crystal is dysfunctional but with a beautiful heart: Trisha Krishnan on her character in Hey Jude

Not many might have noticed the winsome Trisha Krishnan when she made her first film appearance in the 1999 film Jodi. But then Ameer’s Mounam Pesiyathe happened and there was no turning back. For fifteen years, Trisha has been one of the most-sought after heroines and continues to be so. In fact, the pretty actress has several interesting projects in the pipeline such as Sathuranga Vettai 2, Garjanai, Mohini, 1818 and 96 among others. She recently signed Kuttrapayirchi, a film based on the first Indian female detective. Trisha is also making her Mollywood debut with Nivin Pauly-Shyamaprasad’s Hey Jude releasing this week. Despite her tight schedule, Trisha is too sweet to deny my request and promptly agrees for a quick conversation. Continue reading “Crystal is dysfunctional but with a beautiful heart: Trisha Krishnan on her character in Hey Jude”

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