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From Polls to Trolls

The role of social media in the recent elections to the Kerala Legislative Assembly reveals a shift from locally produced, circulated and controlled communication flows to global digital networks.

A Dalit Body in a Brahminical World

The life and work of Kalabhavan Mani, the Malayalam actor who passed away recently, reminds us how film narratives are far too bound by upper-caste, middle-class desires, dreams and biases.

​A Festival of Surveillance?

The 46th International Film Festival of India, held in Goa from 20th to 30th November, revealed disturbing trends of tyranny, intolerance and commercialisation.

Dubbed Out

Through the nationalisation of tele-serials via dubbed big-budget Hindi productions, local narratives in Indian television have been essentially muted.

Adieu, Harun Farocki (1944-2014)

Thinker, video artist, writer and activist, Harun Farocki will live on in the radical documentary films and video installations that marked his oeuvre.

(Un)Changing Territories

The Indian cinema industry functions within a territoriality that sometimes overlaps political and linguistic lines, but most often merges, splinters or transgresses them. 

A Cine-Political Look at South Indian Stars and Stardom

Cine-Politics: Film Stars and Political Existence in South India by M Madhava Prasad (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan), 2013; pp 224, Rs 625 (hardback).

Of Hartals and Heroes

A growing sentiment against hartals in Kerala is finding expression in media and civic discourse as well as in contemporary Malayalam films.

Cracks in the Celluloid

This year’s edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala displayed disturbing trends of a dilution of core aesthetic and social norms.

The Whole World Is Not Quite Family Yet

By stressing glamour, the International Film Festival of India celebrates excess, not plurality.

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