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Top Stories Of The Week: Sports Biopics; True Heroines Of Tamil Cinema; Fans On Kamal Haasan’s Political Debut & More


Of the films that released over the Dussehra weekend, Spyder fared well. Gautham Karthik’s adult comedy – Hara Hara Mahadevaki and Vijay Sethupathi’s Karuppan did not perform as expected.

Read Here: Box Office Roundup – Spyder Leads; Hara Hara Mahadeva Ki and Karuppan Do Decent Business

This year alone, a flurry of sports biopics have been announced. The huge success of Aamir Khan’s Dangal has only made Bollywood stars sit up and take notice. And so, 2018 is likely to be hit by sports dramas and inspiring tales of underdogs winning despite all odds.

Read Here: Sports Biopics Are The Flavour Of The Season

Tamil films like their heroines nice and sweet. Often portrayed as an epitome of womanhood, these gentle women are reared by equally gentle mothers, and exist solely to fall in love and then marry the brutish young men, Tamil film directors dream up.

And then, there are the other women.

High-spirited and with that rare ability to pursue whatever they want, they’re the villains of the piece. As they swan around in modern outfits, these women are glorious. And yet, they exist merely to serve as negative contrasts to the pious ladies Tamil cinema likes to glorify.

Read Here: All For The Shrew – The True Heroines Of Tamil Cinema

T Rajendar drew flak for berating actor Sai Dhansika at a recent event. The actor was apparently incensed at Dhansika’s failure to mention his name when she addressed the press. Actors Kasthuri, Kaniha and Khusbhu voiced their support for the actress, while calling out TR for his actions.

TFPC President Vishal Krishna has criticised TR as well.

Read Here: Kasthuri, Kaniha and Khushbhu Voice Support For Dhanshika; Call Out T Rajendar

Former actor Ramji Natarajan found his calling pretty late in life. Now, he spends most of his time abroad, in search of exotic film locations for the directors back home in India. In an exclusive interview, he talks to Silverscreen about the many things he’s required to do as part of his job profile. And, yes, he does love his job a lot.

Read Here: Scouting Lovely Film Locations Since 1987 – The Ramji Natarajan Interview

Kamal Haasan announced that he’d begin work on the sequel to Indian soon. The original was a huge success at the time of its release, and cemented the actor’s status as a conscientious, socially aware actor. With his imminent political entry, a sequel to the vigilante film really wouldn’t hurt.

Read Here: A Look At What Indian Meant To The 90’s Audience

Indians since last year, have been rooting for two actresses to feature in the list – Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. While Deepika is still starting out, Priyanka has already established her place there, with her show Quantico and the big films she’s been signing. This year, too, she is in the list, ranked number 8 and earning $10 million.

Women featuring in the highest-paid lists is a relatively new concept, especially in the movie world.

Read Here: Who Is The First Actress To Enter Forbes’ Highest Paid List

Since the demise of Jayalalithaa, there is a vacuum in the political leadership. The state is once again searching for a saviour. Enter Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. There have been murmurs for a long time of their entry into politics. While the Thalaivar is happy dropping hints for now, the Ulaganayan is ready to take the plunge. However, which way he will lean is a question that everyone is asking.

Read Here: Kamal Haasan’s Political Aspirations Gets A Thumbs-Up From His Fans

British author Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. Earlier this week, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for capturing proteins in action. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Perfect time then, for us to explore some of the films about past laureates.

Read Here: Friday Inspiration – A List Of Films On Nobel Laureates


Chef – a reheated remake of a Hollywood film of the same name, directed by Jon Favreau – is a story of a father who seeks the approval of his son. It is also the story of redemption, second chances, and plausible sounding hipster food.

Read Here: Chef Review – Feel Good Story Of Father-Son Bonding But Where Is The Food?

Solo is yet another act of overbearing self-indulgence that Bejoy Nambiar’s films are. Clearly, he is fascinated with the dark, vulnerable and morbid moments of alpha males. He spends an unwarranted amount of time exploring them with the help of stylised visuals and excellent music. In Wazir, his protagonist, a powerful cop mending a broken heart, sneaks into the bungalow of a union minister, and assassinates him. The logical fallacies of the act take a backseat, and Nambiar naively reduces his narrative into a dark, overtly dramatic music video.

Solo suffers the same fate.

Read Here: Solo Review – A Bejoy Nambiar Film That Once Again Explores The Psyche Of Alpha Males


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