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PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi-Tamil Samagam on 19 November: What’s the ancient connect between the two?
Explainers

PM Modi to inaugurate Kashi-Tamil Samagam on 19 November: What’s the ancient connect between the two?

The Kashi-Tamil Samagam programme, an initiative of the central government as part of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav', is aimed at reviving the cultural and civilisational links between Varanasi and Tamil Nadu

Kalki Krishnamurthy: The man behind ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ and its enduring legacy
Opinion

Kalki Krishnamurthy: The man behind ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ and its enduring legacy

This year, the soon-to-be-released screen version of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ has triggered a greater interest in Kalki’s writings outside the Tamil realm

Tamil Nadu minister stirs row, says pani puri sellers speak hindi
Politics

Tamil Nadu minister stirs row, says pani puri sellers speak hindi

Tamil Nadu higher education minister K Ponmudy later clarified that his comments on pani puri sellers did not amount to ‘profiling’

DMK protests against 'Hindi imposition' in JIPMER, Tamilisai asserts Tamil given priority
India

DMK protests against 'Hindi imposition' in JIPMER, Tamilisai asserts Tamil given priority

The row was triggered after JIPMER issued a circular on Sunday directing the use of Hindi in records and communications

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal movie review: Samantha, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi deserved better than a love letter to patriarchy
Entertainment

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal movie review: Samantha, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi deserved better than a love letter to patriarchy

Vignesh Shivan's Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal thinks it is making a strong case for polyamory. However, the case the film actually makes is for patriarchy and sexism.

Oh My Dog movie review: Arun Vijay's sweet, sappy film bogged down by commercial platitudes and predictable writing
Entertainment

Oh My Dog movie review: Arun Vijay's sweet, sappy film bogged down by commercial platitudes and predictable writing

Oh My Dog is predictable. Right from the first frame, you can guess how the film will unfold next. And there is no doubt about how the film will end. The only surprise we probably get is the degree of clumsiness.

'Will not allow': DMK hits out at Centre over Hindi 'imposition'
India

'Will not allow': DMK hits out at Centre over Hindi 'imposition'

The ruling party's mouthpiece 'Murasoli' in its edition on Sunday carried a well-known slogan of late Karunanidhi against Hindi being foisted on people and captioned the write-up as 'Warning to the Union government'

Kuthiraivaal movie review: A meandering but fascinating tale of stories, their purpose and the lack thereof
Entertainment

Kuthiraivaal movie review: A meandering but fascinating tale of stories, their purpose and the lack thereof

Kalaiyarasan plays well into the wacky universe of Kuthiraivaal — finding a good balance between eccentricity and subtlety.

First Take | From Hridayam to Jan.E.Man to Bachelor, young actors are taking over South cinema
Entertainment

First Take | From Hridayam to Jan.E.Man to Bachelor, young actors are taking over South cinema

In Malayalam cinema, we have the wonderful Tovino Thomas flying high in Minnal Murali alongside the Mammootys, Mohanlals, Fahadh Faasils, and Dulquer Salmaans.

Maharashtra demands Classical language status for Marathi: How a language is declared classical, its benefits
India

Maharashtra demands Classical language status for Marathi: How a language is declared classical, its benefits

The Maharashtra government has escalated its demand to accord classical language status to Marathi as senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai met Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy on Monday

Most memorable Tamil films of 2021, from Karnan, Sarpatta Parambarai to Mandela, Jai Bhim
Entertainment

Most memorable Tamil films of 2021, from Karnan, Sarpatta Parambarai to Mandela, Jai Bhim

In a year when we needed solace, reassurance, hope, and an escape the most, cinema did not fail us. So in no particular order, here are some of my most memorable Tamil cinematic experiences in 2021.

Trends in Tamil cinema of 2021: While male star vehicles brought back audience to theatres, women dominated streaming
Entertainment

Trends in Tamil cinema of 2021: While male star vehicles brought back audience to theatres, women dominated streaming

The question of the year has been, ‘Will people come back to the theatres?.' They did and how. 2021, even with a hiatus in between, saw some major star vehicles that set the cash registers ringing.

Enemy movie review: Vishal and Arya keep locking horns in this trite action drama, but we don't care why
Entertainment

Enemy movie review: Vishal and Arya keep locking horns in this trite action drama, but we don't care why

For a film that is mounted on a rivalry, the equation between the two lead characters is pretty shallow and one-dimensional.

Meenakshi Sundareshwar movie review: Early charm gives way to a bad ad for arranged marriages
Entertainment

Meenakshi Sundareshwar movie review: Early charm gives way to a bad ad for arranged marriages

It may well be argued that this unquestioning acceptance of tradition accurately reflects most Indian homes. True enough, but if this film’s aim was to romanticise tradition, then its lack of energy and spark makes it an ineffective endorsement of arranged marriages.

Zomato sacks, reinstates employee who asked Tamil Nadu customer to 'learn Hindi'; pleads for tolerance in country
India

Zomato sacks, reinstates employee who asked Tamil Nadu customer to 'learn Hindi'; pleads for tolerance in country

The company’s co-founder Deepinder Goyal took to Twitter saying that “an ignorant mistake” became a national issue, adding that “ the level of tolerance and chill in our country needs to be way higher”

Thinker and poet C Subramania Bharati's response to British-imposed linguistic elitism
Arts & Culture

Thinker and poet C Subramania Bharati's response to British-imposed linguistic elitism

With his usual clear-sightedness, Bharati argues that promoting English education at the expense of India’s national languages would sound the death knell of their future.

Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum movie review: A well-intentioned but middling social drama
Entertainment

Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum movie review: A well-intentioned but middling social drama

The biggest limitation of RARA is its lack of emotional depth. The lead couple’s arc remains agonizingly two-dimensional, where we know precious little about them apart from their love for their bulls.

Annabelle Sethupathi movie review: Clever, entertaining, but rarely complex
Entertainment

Annabelle Sethupathi movie review: Clever, entertaining, but rarely complex

With a little more complexity in screenplay and some wit in dialogue, Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee Pannu's horror comedy could have been an absolute feast.

Jayasurya's 100th film Sunny to release on Amazon Prime Video on 23 September
Entertainment

Jayasurya's 100th film Sunny to release on Amazon Prime Video on 23 September

Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum, produced by Suriya, will also release on the platform a day later on 24 September.

Vijay Sethupathi on being the busiest lead Tamil actor — even during a pandemic
Entertainment

Vijay Sethupathi on being the busiest lead Tamil actor — even during a pandemic

Vijay Sethupathi currently has 25+ films in his kitty, including Laabam that released in theatres last week, Tughlaq Darbar that released on Netflix India this past weekend, and Annabelle Sethupathi, that will release this Friday (17 September) on Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex.