Articles by MK Raghavendra
Feb 06, 2019
Literature for the Video Age: Haruki Murakami is a popular author, but what is his literary legacy?Haruki Murakami is a gifted writer since one devours his books and little of what he writes rings false. But he is not from an age that prides itself in its literature.
Jan 31, 2019
Roma: Alfonso Cuarón has developed into an able craftsman but does not have anything of significance to sayWhat critics respond to most is the look of a film and it is only in its ‘look’ that Roma comes up trumps; still, the look of a film is not something it is long remembered by.
Jan 04, 2019
Examining oral tradition in India and its impact on society, from Vedic literature to larger-than-life actors, politiciansIn narratives of oral tradition, such as Vedic literature, causality is weak and it is difficult to produce rigorous argument, since the tradition allows for colour and repetition rather than analysis
Jan 02, 2019
Mrinal Sen (1923-2018): Looking back at the filmography of the last giant from a key era in Indian cinemaMrinal Sen was a major figure in Indian cinema, representing an aspect of great historical value but he will probably be most missed for what he was — a person who was almost legendary for his graciousness in a milieu where filmmakers and personalities are competing ruthlessly for honours and opportunities.
Dec 26, 2018
After a disappointing 2018, will Narendra Modi risk disapproval or court fringe elements as 2019 elections approach?Even to his admirers, 2018 will seem a bad year for Narendra Modi, and not only because it concluded badly for the BJP in the state elections.
Dec 06, 2018
On Babri Masjid demolition anniversary, exploring post-liberalisation Hindutva, through the lens of cinemaThe Babri Masjid demolition itself did not apparently leave a mark on film although the subsequent riots did, notably in Mani Ratnam’s Bombay (1995)
Dec 05, 2018
Dalit portrayal in cinema: Brahminical ideology has caused filmmakers to present a limited view of the communityBrahminism has defined the rules for Indian cinema in its portrayal of the Dalit experience, such that victimhood has been made the essence of Dalit life
Nov 25, 2018
Ambareesh passes away: A look at the Kannada star's rise in films, and Mandya's political circuitArray
Nov 15, 2018
Thugs of Hindostan is nothing but a failed masala film going through the motions of patriotismThugs of Hindostan proves that using impertinent, anti-colonial rhetoric is no more a reliable way of bringing audiences into cinema halls
Nov 06, 2018
GIFF 2018 is a valuable addition to the film festival circuit, but needs more local participationThere have been a number of smaller film festivals mushrooming in India — in places like Jaipur and Dharamshala — and one of the most recent is the Guwahati International Film Festival, which had its second edition between 25 and 31 October 2018.