articles by Karthik Keramalu

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Opinion| I Wish You Would: Trevor Noah brings schadenfreude to the stage in his comedy special

Comedians usually romanticize their growing-up years in their hometowns (or countries); in Noah’s case, it’s South Africa.

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Opinion| The Watcher: How a stalker’s obsession tears down a family

There’s something juicy about a true crime series in which the needle of suspicion moves from one character to the next.

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Opinion| The Midnight Club: Through the eyes of empathy

Recurring actors, melancholic conversations about the loss of memories, and the importance of being kind are the hallmarks of Mike Flanagan’s shows.

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Ponniyin Selvan: This is Mani Ratnam’s Game Of Cholas

Ponniyin Selvan, at first, feels like it was shot in the same terrain as Ratnam’s other Vikram and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer, Raavanan (2010). There’s water everywhere – and unrest, too.

Arts & Culture

Book Review: After Sappho is a feminist novel for literary nerds

The women of After Sappho aren’t just some of the best people in the writing business; they’re also trailblazers.

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Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu movie review: Simbu is terrific as a reluctant gangster

The movie humanizes the lives of gangsters who’re at the bottom of the chain.

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Captain movie review: Arya stars in a tiring monster movie

Captain is a monsoon without the thunder and showers.

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Cobra movie review: A thriller that should have just remained fun

Cobra falls somewhere between watchable and could-have-been-better.

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Thiruchitrambalam Movie Review: This is a cute, worthy successor to Velai Illa Pattadhaari

Thiruchitrambalam is as much a story of love as it is about letting bygones be bygones.

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Gargi is not a conventional courtroom thriller

With every film that Sai Pallavi does, she reaches newer heights and reminds us that she carries a universe of talent.

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Iravin Nizhal movie review: An experimental thriller that works only because of its experiment

Parthiban treats the movie as a Rubik’s cube where his character looks back at all the mistakes he’s made.

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The rise and fall of Rocketry

Rocketry helps us to take notice of a scientist who’s spent his life looking up – at the world beyond the grass.

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Yaanai Movie Review: An action drama that does what it sets out to do

Love alone doesn’t win at the end of the day in Yaanai. Dysfunctional families that remain functional during a malfunction also win here.

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Maamanithan movie review: A surprisingly good movie about what makes a man great

Maamanithan doesn’t beat around the bush and tells a nice story straight from the heart.

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Major movie review: Adivi Sesh is on a winning streak

One of the better things about the movie is its action choreography. And this is where it scores the highest.

Arts & Culture

Book review: Damodar Mauzo’s The Wait And Other Stories feel like an oven baked snack

Damodar Mauzo’s latest collection revolves around men who belong to different religions and castes but the characters aren't dipped in the ink of political correctness either.

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Middle Class Melodies, Moothon and the growing spotlight on multiculturalism in South Indian cinema

In Telugu cinema, filmmakers often forget about people and stories outside the borders of big cities and urban milieus. Middle Class Melodies broke this mould.

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Gang Leader movie review: Nani shines in a film that uses his comic timing to its full potential

Gang Leader seems like a comedy thriller, which it very much is, but if you look closely, it’s also about many other things.

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Girish Karnad's filmography in Kannada cinema demonstrates his penchant for layered social commentary

Even a hundred years later, Girish Karnad's plays and films will teach many important lessons to viewers on the things that went wrong in the 20th century.

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Katheyondu Shuruvagide movie review: Senna Hegde changes how love stories will be told in Kannada cinema

Katheyondu Shuruvagide boasts of an optimistic arc and lack of monotonousness in its breathing frames.