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From Caste to Class: Recovering North Kerala in Malayalam Cinema

Scope | Shyma P There has been a resurfacing of North Kerala [1] in predominant ways in Malayalam cinema post-2009. A series of films beginning from Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha (Ranjith 2009) has North Kerala being inscribed as a region of historical significance, political consciousness and secular values. This transition, however, reiterates the casteist patriarchal ideology of Malayalam …

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State and Cinema in Revolutionary Soviet: A Centenary Perspective

Scope | Binayak Bhattacharya State interventions in creative practices are not received with warm gesture. Such a mindset enjoys a consensus across the ranks of practitioners and connoisseurs of art. However, only a handful of them ever attempt contradicting the interest of big capital in artwork. The reason behind it can be attributed to a prevalent understanding of the relationship between …

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Realism as Ethics: with an example from Abbas Kiarostami

Scope | Sudha K F One of the pioneers of Film Theory, Andre Bazin has written about the indexical property of the photographic image where an image is formed almost entirely mechanically without the intervention of a human being, though it might contain subjective traces of human personality. (Bazin 13) .  Abbas Kiarostami is one director who foregrounds the indexical …

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Children, Foucault and Media

Scope | Sonia Ghalian As a part of my larger research project that aims to understand the various ways in which notions of childhood are constructed in the cinematic medium, my recent interest has been towards observing the various popular trends that have emerged in the cultural imagination of children and adolescents. For example, my niece, who is now seven …

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Ek Ajnabee Hasina Se: Life and Times of an Indian Commercial

Scope | Parichay Patra Sudipta Kaviraj once read the song of a city, the proverbial ‘Bombay Meri Jaan’, into his experiences and autobiographical imaginings in a suburban town in the distant Bengal, where he didn’t have much access to the world of cinema (Kaviraj 2004). It is not unusual for film critics and scholars to begin a piece of film …

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Velleity, Or Criticism In Vernacular

Scope | Baidurya Chakrabarti vel·le·i·ty:  noun \ve-ˈlē-ə-tē, və-\ plural vel·le·i·ties Definition of VELLEITY  1: the lowest degree of volition 2: a slight wish or tendency : inclination. Origin of VELLEITY New Latin velleitas, from Latin velle to wish, will — more at will First Known Use: 1618   ****************** Let me fist of all make it clear that this piece is a ‘velleity’. A small wish that never overstates, imposes, or overbears. An …

Editorial Board

Jackson Boaz Editor Jackson is a 2nd year student of M. A. English. Loves Turkish cinema. Favorite Film: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) Abbas Bagwala Editorial Board Member Abbas is a philosophy student who loves watching only selected movies. He can’t choose a favorite movie. Tanushree Baijal Editorial Board Member Tanushree is still looking for her favorite movie. Kindly …