AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS Dir. Karan Bali, 2013, India

Karan Bali’s affectionate documentary An American in Madras, broadcast on Channel Four in October as part of a series of films about the Indian film industry, is an eye opener in many respects. It is a history that I had no knowledge of and makes one re-consider what we have been told and what has… Continue reading AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS Dir. Karan Bali, 2013, India

O KADHAL KANMANI (Dir. Mani Ratnam, India, 2015)

Mani Ratnam’s latest film is not simply a matter of getting back to basics. It feels like a veiled response to his critics, and to populist Indian cinema, stating he can take the most perfunctory of romantic narrative situations and invigorate them with his own graceful sensibilities. Basically, Ratnam can do it better, much better. Ratnam’s… Continue reading O KADHAL KANMANI (Dir. Mani Ratnam, India, 2015)

The Films of Mani Ratnam – Looking ahead to Raavan

                  The contemporary era has seen more Tamil film makers alternate quite fluently and regularly across both Hindi mainstream cinema and indigenous concerns. Mani Ratnam’s work seems to suggest it is possible to maintain a successful parallel career. When directing a new project, Ratnam ensures he remains… Continue reading The Films of Mani Ratnam – Looking ahead to Raavan