Articles by Ranjani Krishnakumar
Jul 02, 2019
Tamizha Tamizha: A comfortably centrist talk show where the personal doesn’t get political enoughTamizha Tamizha is numbly centrist. It does many of the right things — but little to shake up the status quo.
Jun 01, 2019
Thiravam review: An earnest but mediocre and unsatisfying attempt at multi-genre fictionAn endeavour of this nature needed better actors, better locations, better action choreography and perhaps more investment. Without these, Thiravam is merely a wannabe in the age of web content, whose earnestness doesn’t compensate for its mediocrity.
May 01, 2019
Serial Chiller: Web series Auto Shankar, although engaging in parts, ultimately disappointsThere is no doubt that in the world of original web series in Tamil, Auto Shankar ups the ante. But for a form that one watches at home without the darkness of the cinema to suspend disbelief, Auto Shankar gives us a lot of time to fiddle with the phone or step away to make tea.
Apr 01, 2019
Serial Chiller: On watching LOL, or why even the worst piece of art serves a purpose for someoneWatching LOL is like going to a BYOB party where you know no one: you can reasonably guess what’s going to happen, you will be mildly amused, out of alcohol, bored, and will leave without knowing anyone any better.
Mar 01, 2019
Serial Chiller: I watched mega-serials every day for two months; why I plan to continueMega-serials have everything that our films should have — but don’t — making them utterly delightful to watch. If only we could look beyond our cinema-tinted perspective.
Feb 01, 2019
Serial Chiller: From family melodramas to romantic comedies, who is watching Tamil television?One would expect that Tamil cinema's creative cousin — television — would get half as much, if not the same attention. However, there is very little conversation around Tamil television, forget any scholarly/serious intervention.
Dec 25, 2018
Kaatrin Mozhi to 2.0 and Ghajinikanth, how Tamil cinema used self-referencing for easy laughs in 2018If you have ever taken even the slightest interest in Tamil cinema, you’d know by now that it’s very closely embedded in society and vice versa.
May 10, 2018
Who Owns that Song? brings to life 'unsung poet' Subramania Bharati, copyright issues surrounding his workIn this book, Subramania Bharati is not the hero— his life is simply the explanation for why his poems became important to the Tamil people | #FirstCulture
Feb 05, 2018
But What Was She Wearing, India's first feature-length documentary on workplace harassment, faces funding crunchIndia's only feature-length documentary on workplace sexual harassment — 'But What Was She Wearing?' by Vaishnavi Sundar — is struggling to be completed for lack of funds | #FirstCulture
Dec 30, 2017
Tamil web content is venturing forth boldly where cinema and TV fear to treadThe web offers Tamil content creators the space and the opportunity that cinema or even television could not | #YearInReview