Arts & Culture
The 1929 Soviet film “Man with the Movie Camera” by Dziga Vertov was recently adjudged the greatest documentary ever made; Vertov himself perhaps was not without a sense that the film was speaking more to posterity than to the present.
From roadside screenings of short silent films to producing big-budget films, Chennai has come a long way since 1897. By THEODORE BASKARAN
One has the nagging suspicion that behind the plot of who is out to get the hero, the real theme may be about making a grand case for the corporates that want a free run of the country's mineral-rich swathes.
Myths have not only survived science and technology but will continue to fascinate creative minds who find in them the threads to weave their own narratives that reflect the traumatic times they live in.
U.R. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014), who inhabited a bilingual world, turned a searching gaze on the community in which he was born and remained committed to the idea of a secular and non-sectarian India. By VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED
The Indo-Saracenic architecture of buildings found across Chennai gives it a distinct old-world charm. By T.S. SUBRAMANIAN
The culmination of a romance is a widely accepted concluding moment in stories because it signifies a transition from the unmarried or single state to a married state. But the reason why it is virtually indispensable in Indian popular cinema needs inquiring into. BY M.K. RAGHAVENDRA