blast from the past

Anbu 1953

Anbu created history in the most unexpected manner, leading to a legal dispute for defamation between the film producer and the publisher of noted weekly, Kumudham. »
Blast from the past

M.L.A (1957)

Though S. Janaki first sang for a Tamil film, Vidhiyin Vilayaattu in April 1957 it was not released. Thus M.L.A became her first release. »

The Proust Questionnaire: Khushbu

A weekly feature which derives its name from the French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses to these questions went on to popularise this form of celebrity confession. »
Old is gold

Manaswini - 1968

Gujarati stage play Sanskar Lakshmi written by Prafulla Desai of Shri Deshi Natak Samaj, Bombay, was staged successfully in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Gujarati-speaking regions in the country... »
The promotional still of Television (2012). Steadycam

Love thy neighbour

When it comes to world cinema, we often forget to look closer home. Here are some amazing films from Bangladesh »
A still from Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar
April 18, 2015

Rise of the gauls

India has long been in thrall to Asterix, Obelix, the rest of the indomitable Gauls and the lovably incompetent Romans created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Generations have grown up followin... »
O Kadhal Kanmani
April 11, 2015


Parandhu Sellava O Kadhal Kanmani (Tamil) Music: A. R. Rahman A standout song from the soundtrack. This is the kind of free-flowing... »
Unakkul Naan
April 11, 2015


An artful debut Award-winning short and documentary filmmaker Venkatesh Kumar G (Kannadi Bommaigal) is all set to launch his first full-length feature film, Unakkul Naan<... »
A still from Oh Kadhal Kanmani.
April 6, 2015
This, that and everything else

The old and the new

Nice-ish. That’s the word I have right now for O Kadhal Kanmani, A.R. Rahman’s latest album for Mani Ratnam. It didn’t make me wince the way the soundtracks for Lingaa and Kochadai... »
April 4, 2015

The Proust Questionnaire: Gautami

What is your idea of happiness? The mental strength to pursue my dreams. What is your greatest fear? Being average What is your favourite virtu... »
April 4, 2015

Jiiva plays to his strengths

2015 is expected to be a busy year for Jiiva. First off the block will be director Deekay’s Kavalai Vendaam. “For quite a while, Jiiva has not been able to play to his strengths in the role... »
Vinod Khanna in film
April 2, 2015
Blast from the Past

Inkaar (1978)

During the mid-seventies, when Amitabh Bachchan was on his way to become a superstar, he faced serious competition from Vinod Khanna. Old timers will recollect that at one point Khanna who was a we... »
Murali Das and OAK Thevar in the film
March 29, 2015
Old is gold

Jesus: 1973

Hollywood films like Ten Commandments (1956), King of Kings (1961), The Bible – in the beginning… (1966) etc. were all box office hits in Kerala. Stories from the Bible and the... »
March 28, 2015

The Proust Questionnaire: Gautham Vasudev Menon

What is your idea of happiness? A lilting song, a great movie, family and friends around, peace at the end of a good day. What is your greatest fear? Flyin... »
March 28, 2015
blast from the past

Shanthi Nilayam 1969

Shanthi Nilayam was produced and directed by G.S. Mani, S.S. Vasan’s son-in-law. The script, screenplay and dialogue were by ‘Chitralaya’ Gopu. Though it is believed that this movi... »

 Kallappadam: A meta movie with good ideas that needed better filmmaking

Puthiya Velicham: 1979

A perverted guide

Taraana (1979)

Charlie Chaplin

Aadiperukku - 1962


Life of Josutty

Inspired by Sahir Ludhianvi’s genius Kabhi Kabhie's galaxy of actors ensured the film’s success.
April 16, 2015

Kabhi Kabhie (1976)

As a little boy, I played endless rounds of rooftop cricket, an exercise that frequently entailed scaling the walls of the neighbours in search of an errant ball. Often in pursuit of the ball, I ra... »
April 11, 2015
Blast from the past

Raja Rani (1956)

After the historic success of Parasakthi which stood out for Sivaji Ganesan’s delivery of high-flown, alliterative dialogue in Tamil written by Mu. Karunanidhi, many producers came up with... »
An image from the movie, Geet Gaata Chal
April 9, 2015
Blast from the Past

Geet Gaata Chal (1975)

How the wheel of time moves. Time was in the mid-‘70s when Sapna cinema in South Delhi played director Hiren Nag’s Geet Gaata Chal to houseful shows for days, weeks and months. At the other... »
Calcutta Kiss Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (Hindi) Music: Madboy/Mink
April 4, 2015

Notes from all over

HitmanCalcutta KissDetective Byomkesh Bakshy (Hindi)Music: Madboy/MinkThe oddly named Madboy/Mink comprises Imaad Shah (Naseruddin Shah's son!) and Saba Azad, and they c... »
April 4, 2015
Blast from the past

Maheswari (1955)

Somewhat interestingly, very few films have been made in this part of the country with the East India Company as the background. Maheswari, produced by T. R. Sundaram of Modern Theatr... »
Taking a stand... Raveena
April 2, 2015

In support of causes: Raveena

Actor, producer and former model Raveena Tandon made her debut in “Patthar Ke Phool” in 1991 and went on to deliver hits like “Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi” and “Bade Miyan Chote Miyan”. In 2000s her per... »
Actor Deepika Padukone in My Choice video.
April 1, 2015

Potent thoughts, impotent words

There is a palpably aggressive undertone in the My Choice video, which features Deepika Padukone (also the narrator) and 98 other women, and has gone viral. The video alienates the oppositi... »
Mahendran and Manishajith in Vindhai
March 28, 2015

Etcetera: Cop comedy

What takes place in a police station in the normal course of a day forms the premise of Lawraa’s directorial debut Vindhai. According to the director, a boy and a girl get arrested... »
Peter Bogdanovich
March 28, 2015

Singapore Sling

Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of the economic miracle that is Singapore, is no more. Amidst the encomiums accorded to him, there has also been the odd comment that freedom of expression suffered during... »
Dev Anand.
March 26, 2015
Blast from the past

Gambler (1971)

Dev Anand was an eternal romantic, launching new faces, picking himself to play lead roles against actors half his age. Filmmaking was a passion for him. He picked subjects that appealed to the mas... »

Gharaonda (1977)

Etcetera: Pursuit of happiness

Neelagiri Express 1968

Fame came with mirth


Haathi Mere Saathi (1971)

Outtakes: Chris Marker