(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 27th Oct,2019 and can be read here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/nokkethadhoorathu-kannum-nattu-revisiting-malayalam-film-launched-nadhiya-111284 Malayalam cinema has always had the reputation of being close to realism while other language cinema, with the exception of perhaps Bengali, was seen as tilted towards fantasy and larger than life stories. Once... Continue Reading →
Ilaiyaraaja-Maniratnam – A well scripted harmony!
(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 2nd June,2019 and can be read here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/ilaiyaraaja-s-music-mani-ratnam-films-well-scripted-harmony-102870 Last they worked together was in the year 1991 and so it has been 28 long years since that last film, Thalapathy! Yet, even to this day, the work they have done together... Continue Reading →
30 years of Apoorva Sagodharargal
(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 16th of April, 2019 and can be read here: (https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/30-years-apoorva-sagodharargal-why-kamal-haasans-film-unforgettable-100133) Directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Kamal Haasan’s blockbuster film – Apoorva Sagodharargal hit the theatres in April 1989, exactly 30 years ago. This was a phase when Kamal, post the success of Nayagan, had started experimenting... Continue Reading →
30 years since ‘Nayagan’!
(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on 21st Oct, 2017) https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/30-years-nayagan-why-tamil-cinema-still-looks-mani-ratnam-classic-70333 30 years since 'Nayagan': Why Tamil cinema still looks up to the Mani Ratnam classic The plot of 'Nayagan' wasn't novel, it was the treatment that made the film the classic it is. Anand Kumar RS Saturday,... Continue Reading →
25 years since the “Roja” blossomed!!!
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 2nd Apr, 2017) It was in the year 1992, exactly 25 years ago. I was in Cochin learning the ropes in my 1st job. Weekends were usually time for catching up on films of all hue. And that particular weekend was reserved for what eventually... Continue Reading →
Intha Raja Kaiya Vecha,…,…!
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 20th Mar, 2017) Today was just another Sunday morning. As I turned on the ignition of my car for a Sunday morning drive, Ilayaraja’s (Raja) hits started playing. On top of the playlist was Raja Kaiya Vecha,…,… from the hit film Apoorva Sagotharargal. There... Continue Reading →
“Mauna Ragam” – A review 30 years late!
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 28th Aug, 2016) Couple of days back a friend who is equally a big fan like me of the ace director Maniratnam passed me a link of the film critic Baradwaj Rangan’s ode on Mani’s Mauna Ragam. The piece titled “30 years of Mauna... Continue Reading →
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 13th Mar, 2016) Boxing a tribute for a man who just completed a journey of 1000 films as a music composer in my usual limit of 1000 words is going to be tough. Even tougher is going to be the task of choosing from... Continue Reading →
OK, No more – Mani!!!
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 3rd May, 2015) My first reaction after watching Maniratnam’s latest outing OK Kanmani was “Man, Mani should now call it a day”!!! After feeling disappointed the last few times over (Guru, Raavan, Kadal), it was with much trepidation that I ventured to watch what... Continue Reading →