Rajinikanth the icon.

Had fun writing this piece.  Going to watch Kabali today. 23 July 2016 | E-Paper Home » Leisure » The Good Life Last Modified: Thu, Jul 21 2016. 09 20 PM IST All is well in the Rajini world You don’t go to a Rajinikanth movie for the plot. You go for the comfort it…

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K. Balachander

RIP KB. The rebels of Tamil cinema K. Balachander’s heroines, and others from films in the 1970s and 1980s, played complex roles and scandalized the Tamil society of that time Shoba Narayan As someone who has watched and tracked Tamil movies all her life, one of the things I notice is the fall of the…

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Robin Williams

Searching for “Good Will Hunting” to watch. But it’s not on TV. thought there would be a lot of Robin Williams movies but I missed them. Brene Brown, Robin Williams, Nathan Lane– rock stars all. LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE To be vulnerable is to be fearless What made Robin Williams an icon, was his frequent…

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Oscars 2012

Nostalgia and Nielsen at the Oscars  Columns Posted: Fri, Feb 24 2012. 9:19 PM IST Meryl Streep is going to win, of course, for The Iron Lady. Then again, giving Streep an Oscar is like awarding Albert Einstein a Nobel; or calling Sachin Tendulkar the greatest Indian cricket player. It’s a safe choice; a win-win situation…

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War Horse

This one is for Dhruv & Noor for teaching me to love a horse; and for Idanth for providing me with the unforgettable image of a desert rider. Posted: Thu, Jan 19 2012. 7:49 PM IST The poetry of a horse on the move Horses are capricious animals that don’t know their own strength The…

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Why I’m raging against Kolaveri

Why I’m raging over ‘Kolaveri’ In the end, it is only a song, not world peace The Good Life | Shoba Narayan  Why don’t I like the Kolaveri Di song? That’s the question that’s been bothering me all last week. Am I not Tamilian enough to like it? Am I too Tamilian? It has morphed into a full-blown…

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Bengali Films for Mint

Thank you MKR, for the below line about Mizoguchi, that I couldn’t fit in due to space constraints.  Here in Mint’s page and pasted below.  Thank you, Ghoshi, for the introductions. *********************** I feel like I am in a Bengali movie.  Wait, that’s too easy.  I am in Kolkata, after all, at the top floor…

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