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From The Editor

Hang Your Head In Shame, India; We Failed Stan Swamy

Stan Swamy’s death is not the first instance of justice being denied in this country because it is delayed. But it stands out still for its mindless insensitivity.

Ruben Banerjee
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July 19, 2021

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    M For Malayalam And the OTT Nation

    Polyphony bursts forth, hegemonic ‘stud’ narratives are out. New Malayalam films, mirroring the gendered anxieties of a...

    July 19, 2021 | Dr Meena T. Pillai
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    South By The North

    Encountering a new cinematic landscape in your forties can be exhilarating—and nerve-wracking for a critic. But Malayalam’s knack for the...

    July 19, 2021 | Jai Arjun Singh
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    ‘I Want To Break The Predictable Image...’

    Tovino Thomas, one of the hottest actors in Malayalam cinema started out in supporting roles but impressed with films like Guppy...

    July 19, 2021 | Sridhar Pillai
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      Over The Malabar Hill

      Unlike Tamil and Telugu films, Malayalam cinema has ­largely remained outside Bollywood’s ken

      July 19, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
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      They Call Him FaFa

      Fahadh ­Faasil ­embodies the new Malayalam ­cinema, which is being lapped up by a worldwide audience

      July 19, 2021 | Sreedhar Pillai
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      ‘Fahadh And I Go A Long Way Back’

      Mahesh Narayanan is the editor, writer and director who started the OTT trend in Malayalam with 'C U Soon'. His next project is...

      July 19, 2021 | Sreedhar Pillai
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        ‘I Try To Bring Theme And Characters...’

        Cinematographer, director and producer Shyju Khalid is among the pivots swinging a new wave in Malayalam cinema. He tells Sreedhar Pillai...

        July 19, 2021 | Sreedhar Pillai
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        Time, Space And The Moral Pandemic

        The old macho hero has been killed—it’s cinematic parricide. But the new Malayalam cinema’s ethical horizon has shrunk, with its...

        July 19, 2021 | C.S. Venkiteswaran
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        ‘I Want To Experiment With Form Next’

        Dileesh Pothan, one of the most sought-after directors in Malayalam cinema, speaks about his latest film 'Joji', and more

        July 19, 2021 | Outlook



The Past Is A Weapon

Resurrecting the Jain Hawala scam, the Trinamool Congress turns up the heat on West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

July 19, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya



Into The Valley Of Power

As the Taliban inches close to regaining power, opinion differs as to their rule—bloodbath and medieval brutality or a more tempered, responsible...

July 19, 2021 | Seema Guha


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    Deaths Unaccounted

    “The fire burns from morning…making breathing difficult. An average 30-40 bodies cremated...

    July 19, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu
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    Cheating In Son’s Name

    The scions of top figures in government often themselves have a history of causing embarrassment...

    July 19, 2021 | Ajay Sukumaran
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    Akhil Gogoi: Back In Action...

    Anarchist for some, emancipator for others…but not a terrorist, says the court. The peasant leader walks...

    July 19, 2021 | Dipankar Roy
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    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    July 19, 2021



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

July 19, 2021

Uphill Climb With Dhami

The Uttarakhand ferris-wheel spins yet again, with the 10th CM in 21 years...

July 19, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav

Arts & Entertainment



Doing tragedy so immersively that he needed a shrink, learning the sitar from Ustad Vilayat Khan for six months just to shoot a song…there was method behind Dilip Kumar’s aura.

July 19, 2021 | Meghnad Desai
Review/Art and Culture

The Buck Stops In Trafalgar

Trafalgar Square, one of London’s main tourist attractions and protest sites, will soon display a sculpture symbolising Britain’s complex colonial ties and an artwork featuring the faces of 850 transgender people

July 19, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy


Book Review

Nazm For Our Souls

Gulzar’s anthology of poems from across the sub-continent is a masterclass of translation as extension of exquisite sensibility.

July 19, 2021 | Rakhshanda Jalil


Malayalam Films Diary

A childhood brush with a Chemmeen song, then a long erotic arc interrupted by the superstar duo M&M…and finally the present. Watching Malayalam cinema from across the Ghats.

July 19, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar



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July 19, 2021