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Outtakes: Elia Kazan

Who is he? American filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, theatre director and author who directed around 20 feature films between the mid-forties and the mid-seventies. Kazan was bor... »


Another cop story After Madurai Sambavam and Sivappu Enakku Pidikkum, director Youreka’s Thoppi is getting ready for release. “The film is about a young man fr... »
Balamani Blast from the past

Balamani 1937

T.K. Shanmugham, T.S. Jaya, T.K. Muthusami, B. Saradambal, T.K. Bhagavathi, K. Shanthadevi and S.V. Sahasranamam »
A poster of 'Vaazhapirandhaval' Blast from the Past

Vaazhapirandhaval (1953)

The critically acclaimed Vaazhapirandhaval was an in-house production of R.R. Pictures, owned by the ‘dream girl of south Indian cinema’ T.R. Rajakumari and her brother, T. R. Ramachandran,... »
Peter Greenaway Outtakes

Peter Greenaway

WHO is he? British film director, screen writer, academic, painter and multi-media artist who has directed close to 25 feature length and around 40 short length films since the ear... »
A still from 'Kanyakumari'
November 23, 2014

Kanyakumari: 1974

M.T. Vasudevan Nair usually wrote the script and dialogues for his own published stories. One story that he wrote specifically for a film was that of Kanyakumari. The film, released on July... »
Formidable team Ramu Kariat and M.S. Baburaj
November 9, 2014
Old is Gold

Minnaminungu: 1957

Minnaminungu, released on May 24, 1957, introduced M.S. Baburaj, the musical genius who popularised Hindustani music through his compositions, to Malayalam cinema. This was also the first in... »
November 8, 2014

Cinema Quiz

1. On which famous artist is Ketan Mehta’s Rang Rasiya based?2. The dubbed version of which Tamil flick is being released in Telugu as Chirunavvula Chirujallu<... »
Matthew McConaughey, in a scene from Christopher Nolan's film, 'Interstellar'
November 7, 2014

Interstellar: Nolan gets lost in space

Has there been another director who has laboured as much as Christopher Nolan to make simple, generic stories look impressively complex? In Memento (Nolan’s first biggish movie; it still ho... »
William Friedkin directs Linda Blair.
November 6, 2014

Iconic ‘DEMONIC’ girl

‘The Exorcist’ is an American supernatural horror film directed by the celebrated William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the... »
Alexander Sokurov.
November 1, 2014

Outtakes: Alexander Sokurov

Who is he? Russian scenarist and filmmaker who has directed close to 40 feature films and 20 short films since the early seventies. Sokurov was profoundly influenced by the... »
En Vazhi Thani Vazhi
October 25, 2014

Etcetera: Charting his own course

Charting his own course RK and Poonam Kaur team up for Shaji Kailas’ En Vazhi Thani Vazhi. The title seems to be inspired by a dialogue from a Rajinikanth film. “The line wa... »
Poster of Paavai Vilakku
October 25, 2014

Blast from the past: Paavai Vilakku 1960

Akilan (P.V. Akilandam, 1922-1988) was hailed as one of the greatest Tamil writers, whose fame spread across the globe. His works have been translated into many languages, including Czechoslovakia... »
Don't Look Now
October 18, 2014

Outtakes: Nicolas Roeg

WHO is he? British cinematographer and film director who has made over 15 feature films since the early seventies. Roeg started out as a cinematographer for A-list director David L... »
October 18, 2014

Blast from the past: Kalaivaanan 1959

In the 1950s and even later, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, popularly known as ANR, enjoyed a good innings in Tamil cinema, though he was a Telugu-speaking actor. With the emergence of Sivaji Ganesan,... »

Chuzhi: 1973

Comic Greats: The eternal tramp

Blast from the past: Sengottai Singam 1958

Deadpan funny man


The hunt for other cinema

Etcetera: Impressive debut

Dharma Devatha 1952

A scene from Big Hero 6
November 21, 2014
Lights, Camera, Conversation

Time for a toon-up

“But that’s an animated movie!” I hear some version of this when I say I’m going to watch… well, an animated movie. It’s surprising how, even today, so many people think that animated films are on... »
A poster of the movie.
November 8, 2014
Blast from the past

Maamiyaar Mecchina Marumagal (1959)

In the bygone decades of Tamil cinema, many stories dealt with middle-class families having problems with daughters, sons, widowed sisters and such others. The audiences could easily relate to the... »
Wim Wenders
November 8, 2014

Wim Wenders

WHO is he? German film director, screenwriter and producer, photographer and author who has made close to 40 feature films and over 15 short films since the late sixties. Wenders h... »
Poster for the movie
November 6, 2014
Blast from Past

Ardh Satya (1983)

It all began in the mid-’70s and in many ways attained full fruition in the early ’80s. Amitabh Bachchan as the proverbial angry young man was scaling unexplored heights. He was not a star, he was... »
Thilakam was a family drama about a woman, Saraswathi, separated from her husband who takes refuge in her sister’s family in Tiruchi.
November 1, 2014
Blast from the past

Thilakam 1959

K.G. Narayanasami, later known as ‘Thilakam’ Narayanasami, was a fairly successful playwright of the 50s and 60s. The film rights for one of his popular plays, Thilakam, were acquired by S.... »
Director K. Balachander
October 25, 2014

Cinema Quiz

1. Which late actress played Rajinikanth’s mother in Baba and spouse in Avargal? 2. Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night was the first film to achieve what rare Oscar feat? <... »
Michelangelo Antonioni
October 25, 2014

Outtakes: Michelangelo Antonioni

WHO is he? Italian screenwriter and director who made close to 15 feature and 20 short films between the late 1940s and the early 2000s. Antonioni travelled wide and made films in... »
October 18, 2014

Etcetera: Starting out with a suspense thriller

After gaining enough experience under director Jeeva Shankar during the making of Naan, Robert S. Raaj decided to make his directorial debut with Kalam, along with producer P. K. Cha... »
October 18, 2014

Cinema Quiz

1. In which city was The Full Monty set? 2. Who directed the 1942 classic Casablanca about which much has been written? 3. Raj Sippy’... »
A still from Missamma, rated as one of the best films made in the Telugu industry.
October 16, 2014

Blast from the past: Missamma (1955)

In Vijaya Productions’ 1955 blockbuster hit Missamma, you find traces of Bhanumathi’s influence on Savitri both in expressions and modulation while delivering the dialogue in a few scenes. W... »

Outtakes: Hirokazu Koreeda


‘Impure’ Tamilians?

Outtakes: Films Division

Jothi 1939

Panchathantram: 1974

Outtakes: Artavazd Peleshian