articles by Ranjani Krishnakumar

Entertainment

Tamizha Tamizha: A comfortably centrist talk show where the personal doesn’t get political enough

Tamizha Tamizha is numbly centrist. It does many of the right things — but little to shake up the status quo.

Entertainment

Thiravam review: An earnest but mediocre and unsatisfying attempt at multi-genre fiction

An 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.

Entertainment

Serial Chiller: Web series Auto Shankar, although engaging in parts, ultimately disappoints

There 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.

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Serial Chiller: On watching LOL, or why even the worst piece of art serves a purpose for someone

Watching 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.

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Serial Chiller: I watched mega-serials every day for two months; why I plan to continue

Mega-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.

Entertainment

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.

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Kaatrin Mozhi to 2.0 and Ghajinikanth, how Tamil cinema used self-referencing for easy laughs in 2018

If 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.

Life

Who Owns that Song? brings to life 'unsung poet' Subramania Bharati, copyright issues surrounding his work

In 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

Life

But What Was She Wearing, India's first feature-length documentary on workplace harassment, faces funding crunch

India'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

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Tamil web content is venturing forth boldly where cinema and TV fear to tread

The web offers Tamil content creators the space and the opportunity that cinema or even television could not | #YearInReview

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What Taramani, Kaatru Veliyidai, Iraivi tell us about abusive men, and the women in their lives

Iraivi, Kaatru Veliyidai and Taramani all follow their male protagonists' journey towards the epiphany that they are sexist scum

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Manju Warrier, Nayanthara, Jyothika: Female stars are marching to a different, but no less successful, beat

The journey of a female superstar — be it a Manju Warrier, Jyothika or Nayanthara — is very unlikely to be similar to that of Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth or Kamal Haasan. This doesn’t make their journey less admirable or their successes any less sweet.

Life

Art in the age of selfies: Click Art Museum in Chennai needs visitors to 'complete' paintings

Is the Click Art Museum in Chennai a narcissist’s paradise? Or is this art catching up with the times?