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Women’s Day Special
Not many filmmakers have paid attention to girlhood as much as they have to the stories of men in their various phases of life. This Women’s Day, we list out a bunch of films that have marvelously refashioned the coming-of-age genre by narrating tales of spirited girls navigating childhood and adolescence, freely making mistakes and redeeming themselves.
Read full story: Five Fantastic Films On Girlhood
In April last year, Friends actor David Schwimmer, in collaboration with filmmaker Sigal Avin, came up with six short films that dealt with workplace harassment. All of them were based on real stories, and within a span of 23 minutes, perfectly encapsulated what it was like for a woman at a workplace.
The newly formed political party, Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), wanted to make the right noises – after all, it was about first impressions. Its women’s wing organised a programme at Chennai’s YMCA ground on Thursday and the master of ceremonies was of course its founder Kamal Haasan.
Clad in khadi kurta and pants, it’s easy to spot Kiran Nagarkar and when cornered, he is quite gracious with selfies as well. At the inauguration of the Kriti International Book Fair in Kochi, the acclaimed novelist, screenwriter and playwright sits down to have a chat with Silverscreen on art, language and freedom of expression.
Read full interview: A Conversation With Kiran Nagarkar On Art, Language & Freedom Of Expression
Every time a tussle begins, the Tamil film audience is introduced to the moot point of discontent – the Virtual Print Fee (VPF). That is one term everyone is bandying about since March 1, following the stand-off between South Indian film producers and DSPs. At least 60 per cent of the screens in the state are at risk of shutting down because of the stand-off.
In this throwback, we explore some of those advertisements featuring iconic Tamil stars in films made by equally iconic people. The fact being that, despite lesser reach, people still flocked to watch those movies following a mere advertisement in a daily.
Read full story: Throwback: When Promoting A Film Was All About Paper Advertisements
The Oscars, this year, is crucial, for it takes place in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimeUp movements through which women in movie industries across the world decided to call out sexual predators and gender discrimination like never before.
Actor Jayasurya is slowing down, taking one step at a time, finishing one film before darting to the next. That’s a radical decision, he admits, “there was a time when I was doing eight films a year.”