From the editor – Vol. 1, No. 3

Greetings and welcome to the third issue of the MCPH Film Club Journal. It has been a long break after the second issue for a number of reasons. This semester at MCPH, unlike the others has seen a flurry of activity like multiple conferences, the MCPH Theatre Club’s new production and the last semester students writing their thesis. With the …

Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary: An Interview with Sunanda Bhat

Scope | Varsha R. Adibhatla Sunanda Bhat was at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities recently where her movie ‘Have You Seen the Arana?’ was screened as a part of the National Workshop on Film and Democracy. The film interweaves contemporary narratives with an ancient tribal myth to explore the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihood. …

In the Mood for Lonesomeness

Scope | Tanushree Baijal 1963: A five year old boy and his parents migrate to British ruled Hong-Kong from Shanghai, three years before the Cultural Revolution is underway in China. 1997: Britain transfers its sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China, effectively marking the end of British colonial rule. 2000: A romantic melodrama about love, infidelity, longing and …

Watching Films: Then and Now: A Personal Narrative

Life | Sowmya Dechamma I must have been in the sixth standard, around 10-11yrs old when we, a couple of girls decided we would ask our parents to let us go for a picture all by ourselves, in Somawarapete, a village-town in Kodagu district, Karnataka. And they did. Four of us, all girls, not yet teenagers, or perhaps precisely because we …

“It was not a planned move”: Salam Kodiyathur on Home Cinema

Profile | Mohamed Shafeeq Karinkurayil A school teacher by profession, Salam Kodiyathur is best known for ‘Home Cinema’, a concept of producing movies bypassing the theatrical release route and instead marketed directly through neighborhood CD shops; a model then widely replicated in Kerala. Financial success and popularity came to him when he tapped into a lacuna of the mainstream cinema: that …

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The Makeup Artist – Exploring Two Sides

Apparatus | Megha Solanki When watching your regular horror movies, one’s eyes turn towards and away from the disfigured, creepy monsters that are designed to scare us. The brain-eating, garish monsters that cover the expanse of a zombie film, keep the characters occupied and the audience captivated. The bloodied, crawling bodies and the tired dirtied survivors create a scene that …

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From the inside, in Black and White: Tharlo, A Tibetan shepherd, by Pema Tseden

Scope | Françoise Robin Since January 3rd 2018, French cinema goers have had the opportunity to discover in art movie theaters Tharlo, the Tibetan shepherd, a film by today’s main Tibetan director, Pema Tseden (b. 1969). It is the first ever Tibetan film commercially released in France, and one of the very first released in the Western world.1 In this …

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ANDHA NAAL: A Case for Film Noir

Scope | Bharath Kumar Imagine a crowd of enthusiastic Tamil audience fighting for the tickets and rushing into a theater to get a glimpse of their beloved actor, an idol in every possible sense. Sitting on their seats, wiping the sweat off the forehead onto the floor of a Chennai NON-AC theatre in the 1950s. Unusually, without a barrage of …

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The Image Undone: Exploring the Unfinished and Continuous Construction and Deconstruction of Identities in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding

Scope | Arundhati Sethi The opening credits of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding are played out to the euphoric beats of an Indian wedding procession (baaraat) while the screen is drenched in bright colors and forms. It is almost as if we are pulled into the groom’s party, singing and dancing, twisting and twirling, and approaching the bride’s doorstep where their family …

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‘The Trouble is the Tedium’: An Interview with Ashish Rajadhyaksha

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is an independent film and cultural theorist. The Co-editor of Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, his career spans over an illustrious four decades, during which he has published academic papers, written and co-written books, curated film festivals, art exhibitions and taught courses in universities across the world. He was at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities recently as a …