Here are the top stories of the week!
Shweta Tripathi would make a great drinking buddy. Her general affability and exuberance would make conservation easy and her disarming curiosity would keep it flowing. She appears to be an odd mix of the characters she has played on-screen – the vulnerable Sandhya in Haraamkhor, the determined Shaalu in Masaan and, sometimes, the happy-go-lucky Ananya from the Disney web-series The Trip. But, that’s just what actress Shweta Tripathi does – brings to life very relatable characters.
Read full interview: Shweta Tripathi Interview: ‘Language Doesn’t Stop You From Watching The Film’
The male superstars in Malayalam cinema – old and young – are toughening up their physique for magnanimous projects which were announced over the last couple of years; most of these are films set in the yore, envisioned on a huge canvas, and have big names attached to it.
The industry is once again, vigorously, trying to break the regional barrier, and go pan-Indian in content, budget as well as in box-office collections. But the pertinent question is: Can the industry handle ambitious projects as these?
Read full story: The Age Of The Magnum Opus In Malayalam Films: How Viable Are They?
For years now, Aditi Rao Hydari’s Hyderabadi connection has been a topic of discussion.
Read full interview: Aditi Rao Hydari Interview: ‘I Love Challenges That Push Me Out Of My Comfort Zone’
Ms. en Scene – where Ranjani Krishnakumar concedes that cinema is life. As an avid popular-Tamil-cinema-connoisseur — also known as obsessive kuppa padam watcher in some circles — in this column, the writer helps you find your showtime soulmate.
Read full story: Ms. En Scene: The Art Of Finding Your Showtime Soulmate
Anyone who has been following actor Nandamuri Kalyan Ram’s work would know that he has stuck to a particular route for most part of his career. That changed with the success of the underdog film Pataas,after which the actor was left with the desire to reinvent himself.
While Pataas was his first full-fledged entertainer, Ism saw him sporting a completely new look and now for the first time in his 15-year career, he is doing a romantic film like Naa Nuvve. While the reviews may not have been positive, Kalyan Ram has no regrets doing the film.
Read full interview: Nandamuri Kalyan Ram Interview: ‘Naa Nuvve Taught Me The Art Of Toning Down’
Directed by Bhadran, Spadikam is a pop culture phenomenon that needs to be analysed and understood. The film strikes a sublime balance between a powerful drama and a mindless entertainer that only a few films have been able to achieve. It has been over two decades since it released, but the mass aura around Spadikam hasn’t faded. Time and again, the film is re-screened in Kerala upon popular demand, and the iconic get-up of Aadu Thoma (Mohanlal) – the man who drinks blood straight from a goat’s chest – remains to be one of the most-chosen cosplay character among Keralites.