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Lights, Camera, Conversation… “It’s the same, just (somewhat) different”

With two recent high-profile remakes, it’s as good a time as any to discuss their enduring popularity. Two films released in January, one Hindi and one Tamil, raise the question of why, exactly, filmmakers opt for remakes. For some, it is the opportunity to transpose a hit from one language to another, one cultural milieu [...]
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Lights, Camera, Conversation… “A lover in another language”

Film / Bollywood : Blogical Conclusion (2 years ago)

Thoughts from re-watching a Hindi hit in Tamil, and the inevitable issue of (and issues with) dubbing. The first viewing of a film is so spent on who the people are and what they do and how the plot thickens and how it all ends that... Read Post

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “ ‘Impure’ Tamilians? ”

Film / Bollywood : Blogical Conclusion (5 months ago)

The reviews for the Tamil film ‘Madras’ suggest that most English-language writers are divorced from a certain kind of reality. Pa Ranjith’s Madras is the work of a good, thoughtful filmmaker. It’s a supremely well-made film, but no... Read Post

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The attempt to judge an attempt”

Film / Bollywood : Blogical Conclusion (2 years ago)

How do we deal with films that promise much and deliver little? Well, it depends – doesn’t it? A couple of Fridays ago, we saw the release of the kind of films (Mugamoodi in Tamil, Joker in Hindi) that usually bring out the debater ... Read Post

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