The Other Banana

The Other Banana

By The Other Banana
A generation of impostors brought up on cinema. The Other Banana podcast is primarily Deepauk M(@complicateur), Aditya(@gradwolf), Anantha(@anantha), Ashoka(@ABVan) and Max(@maxdavinci).

We discuss films – mostly Indian – and analyse them in turn, roughly on a bi-weekly basis.
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Episode 45: Meyaadha Maan
 In the final episode of our romantic comedy series, the gang gets together to discuss the representations of class and caste divides in the Thamizh film Meyaatha Maan. We are joined by journalist, and author @krupage (do check out her book River Remember on the Chennai Floods here)!
52:51
August 5, 2019
Episode 44: Om Shanthi Oshaana
 Next in our series of romantic comedies (though not according to @maxdavinci) is the malayalam film - Om Shanthi Oshana. We're joined by long time blogger and cine enthusiast @equanimus to discuss how this atypical film makes our list. 
28:06
July 29, 2019
Episode 43: Sammohanam
 On pod 2 of our Romantic Comedy series the crew invites guest Ideallaedi to discuss Mohan Krishna Indraganti's Sammohanam. We talk about how the film is different from the Hollywood rom coms of the 2000s as well as the characters and concerns of the film. ....We also wax eloquent for a bit on Aditi Rao Hydari....
45:48
July 24, 2019
Episode 42: Katheyondu Shuruvagithe
 As part of our #GRCA series on romantic comedies the gang discussed the decidedly middling Kannada film Katheyondu Shuruvagithe. Listen, and hopefully it will get you in the mood for romance as we have better films coming up for discussion! 
32:37
July 5, 2019
Episode 41: Velaiilla Pattadhari
The cabal is still a cabal but we are rebranding! We are now The Other Banana. Most of your feeds should be updated already but if you can't find it, please take a look at the About (The Crew) page for the updated feeds. Thank You. On to the new episode. We talk about one of Dhanush's seminal films - Velraj's Velaiilla Pattadhari or more popularly known as VIP (can you already hear the leitmotif in your head?). For this episode, we have a returning guest - Vijeta Kumar or <a href="https://twitter.com/rumlolarum">@rumlolarum</a> on Twitter, who joined us for Pariyerum Perumal earlier. 
1:02:20
June 20, 2019
Episode 40: To Let / Veedu
The cabal attempts something different with a combo pod on Veedu and To Let. The films serve as a lens to discuss our own experiences with real estate, the era we grew up through and the one we now live in. It's hard not to think of Chezhiyan's To Let and Balu Mahendra's Veedu as companion pieces. We hope you all have as much fun listening as we did discussing and reminscing. The music for the pod, is from the wonderful piece named "Do Anything" from Ilayaraaja's album "How to name it".
45:51
May 27, 2019
Episode 39: Chithram
  The gang takes a little trip to the 80's Malayalam nostalgia by revisiting Chithram. We're joined on this pod by writer editor extraordinaire @supriyan to cover a seminal moment in the history of Malayalam cinema, Mohanlal, and the film's director Priyadarshan. Big thanks to Supriya for making the time out to talk with us! You can watch the film here, listen to that lovely Neha Nair rendition of Eeran Megham, and take a trip down memory lane with Charithram Enniloode as well.
1:14:18
May 14, 2019
Episode 38: C/O Kancharapalem - Part 2
  Close on the heels of a win at the Critics Choice Film Award we're joined by Maha Venkatesh, the writer director of the film to discuss some of the behind the scenes aspects that went into the making of the film. Big thanks to Maha for making the time to join us and giving us his thoughts. Our continued love and support to him on his journey!
35:28
May 1, 2019
Episode 37: C/O Kancharapalem - Part 1
 In part 1 of the discussion of the film, the gain delves into the key aspects that made the film Telugu cinema's cult hit of 2018. They try to get under the skin of the characters and the milieu before we bring on a special guest for part 2. 
29:31
April 30, 2019
Episode 36: Super Deluxe
 The cabal finally decided to sit down and wrestle with Super Deluxe this past weekend. We were ably aided in this quest by @NadikaNadja as we dove inextricable deeper and deeper into the universe created by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. While we've all tried to come to terms with what we experienced, I think we'll all be either watching the film in the theaters again or on some streaming platform as soon as it is available! Big thanks to Nadika for joining us! Look forward to everyone's feedback and having an open discussion with our listeners on their thoughts.
43:54
April 11, 2019
Episode 35: Mayanadhi
 In this episode @complicateur and @gradwolf are joined by Ashwathy G to discuss Aashiq Abu and Syam Pushkaran's heart wrenching film - Mayanadhi. 
42:00
April 7, 2019
Episode 34: Rangasthalam
 In this episode, we take a look at one of the biggest hits in Telugu cinema for 2018. DIrector Sukumar's Rangasthalam starring RamCharan & Samantha. Our guests were columnist and friend of the podcast, @KrupgaGe and popular movie critic @crhemanth. Listen in as we talk about the politics that the movie captures and how it addresses a lot of issues thanks to some stellar performances by the supporting cast.
52:15
March 18, 2019
Episode 33: Missiamma
The Cabal does a bilingual film in its true spirit - with a bilingual guest. We are joined by LTP aka @localteaparty to talk about the L.V Prasad classic MISSIAMMA(1955), one of the famous films from the golden period, made in Tamil and Telugu with different casts. 
43:34
February 25, 2019
Episode 32: 96
 The cabal had the wonderful opportunity to converse about the film with @chinmayi the voice of @trishtrashers for our Valentine's special on 96. Popular columnist and friend of the podcast @KrupaGe also joins us on this episode. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. 
1:21:07
February 11, 2019
Episode 31: Aan Paavam
  In a fit of nostalgia, the Cabal revisits the 1985 Thamizh film classic, Aan Paavam. It also gives one of our members the opportunity to wax eloquent on the phenomenon that is Ilaiyaraja. Big thanks as always to @jestme for joining the crew to discuss one of her favorite films as well! And all music in the pod composed by the indomitable Ilaiayaraaja.
54:12
January 28, 2019
Episode 30: Petta
 We couldn't get everyone together when Kaala released and published a blogpost instead. With Petta releasing, we wanted to ensure we did not repeat the same. So we hauled in everyone last weekend and some of us had pretty diverse opinions in this impromptu discussion on the film. We cover everything from the film references to the politics of the movie in the discussion! 
1:09:28
January 22, 2019
Episode 29: Tumbbad
 For our first venture into Hindi cinema, the cabal discusses the 2018 horror film Tumbbad. While most horror films tend to be morality tales, Tumbbad really differentiates itself by setting up mythology and universe that is entirely relatable. The gang loved watching the film and we hope you all do as well! 
48:00
January 21, 2019
2018 India Australia Test Series Recap
  The Cabal, still recovering from the joy of India's test series victory, finally convenes to talk about our thoughts on India's historic test win. We're joined by regular guest @sidvee and the doyen of Carnatic music, cricket aficionado Sangita Kalanithi Sri @sanjaysub to apply a critical lens to victory. As always, the discussion grew into a wide range of topics including Pujara, Bumrah, the inexplicable exclusion of Maxwell from the Australia side, and Sri Lanka's entertaining test record. A huge thanks to @sanjaysub for giving us nearly an hour of his time in a particularly busy time of the year for him and as always to @sidvee for the insights. Also, Anantha commits the blasphemy of singing on a podcast that features Sanjay! We hope you enjoy this pod as much as we did recording it!
1:46:35
January 15, 2019
Episode 28: Pariyerum Perumal
In this episode we talk about one of 2018's best Indian films, Mari Selvaraj's Pariyerum Perumal. And to discuss this tale of a youth's struggle with the power dynamics fueled by caste hegemony we are joined by guest Vijeta Kumar (@rumlolarum on Twitter).
1:03:16
December 25, 2018
India Australia Test Series Preview
The cabal gets together with special guest @sidvee to discuss the upcoming India Australia test series and as you can expect it's full of hot takes. The best of course being @cornerd 's declaration "I think @ImVkohli is like me". Put your headphones on for an interesting conversation team choices both on the Indian and Australian sides.
1:33:44
December 3, 2018
Episode 27: Aaranya Kaandam
This week the cabal talks about Thiagarajan Kumararaja's 2011 cult classic Aaranya Kaandam. The film is available on Hotstar (though mangled beyond recognition) - as always please watch the film prior to listening!
54:13
December 3, 2018
Episode 26: Virumandi - Part 2
The cabal continues its animated discussion on Virumandi in this pod. We cover the cast characters, specifically the women, the music, and the film's penchant for drawing from the real world in this session. We're joined by 2 special guests here; @jestme is on the pod again and the venerable @atlasdanced joins us this time with his unique brand of insights.
41:46
November 13, 2018
Episode 25: Virumandi - Part 1
For the 25th episode the Cabal (and our twitter followers) selected a Kamal Hassan fan favorite to revisit. We got so carried away with our discussion that we realized we needed 2 sessions to cover everything. Thanks so much to special guest @jestme for the time and insightful comments! Music for this episode from the phenomenal album for the same film.
1:34:56
November 1, 2018
Episode 24: Maryada Ramanna
In this episode, we talk about SS Rajamouli's 2010 action-comedy "Maryada Ramanna". The Cabal talks about everything that felt right in the movie and few that didn't. Here we go. Maryada Ramanna is inspired by Buster Keaton's "Our Hospitality". You can check it out on Youtube.
35:22
November 1, 2018
Episode 23: Sudani from Nigeria
In this episode, we discuss one of 2018's best Malayalam films thus far - Sudani from Nigeria. This is ostensibly a 'light' film, but we found that it sneakily packs weighty topics within the fluff. And everyone in the cabal liked it.
43:26
November 1, 2018
Cricket: 2018 India tour of England Post Series
In the wake of a 4-1 drubbing of the "best touring Indian team in the recent past" , the cabal has been in a bit of a funk so apologies for the slight delay in the release of this pod. The cricketing world has moved on to the Asia Cup, but we haven't so here are our thoughts on India, the series, and why the Indian cricketing narrative struggles with myth building.
1:05:51
November 1, 2018
Cricket: 2018 India tour of England Mid Series
With a resounding win in the third test India are poised to make a comeback in the test series. The Cabal sat down to revisit their predictions, review the first 3 tests, ponder Kohli's otherworldly batting, and question the shoddy slip fielding in the series. As always, test cricket results in another extra long pod!
1:04:14
November 1, 2018
Episode 22: Vishwaroopam
In the wake of Vishwaroopam-2 the gang decided to revisit @ikamalhaasan 's Vishwaroopam-1.... with mixed results. The gangs all here and it was still a fun discussion, so listen and give us feedback!
40:31
November 1, 2018
Episode 21: Angamaly Diaries
Lijo Jose Pellissery's Angamaly Diaries, was a much feted movie from 2017 that every member of the cabal loved. So it is no surprise that episode 21 of the podcast marked the return of the cabal back to full strength to discuss this feature.
54:48
November 1, 2018
Cricket: Previewing India's tour of England 2018
The Cabal's first foray into test cricket naturally resulted in our longest pod yet. Will Adil Rashid play? Will Pujara's and Ishant's county stints payoff? Will @cornerd ever give up on Rohit Sharma? Listen and find out how the unending schedule of cricket can reduce even @sidvee to a mere mortal.
1:05:38
November 1, 2018
Episode 20: Attakathi
This week the cabal talks about Attakathi and the Pa.Ranjith universe more broadly. We're joined by special guest @jestme and the group had a lot of interesting things to say. A fulfilling discussion on a truly unique voice in Thamizh cinema.
58:29
November 1, 2018
Wimbledon 2018: Preview
Welcome to the first episode of Lewd Cabal Sports. With the 10 year anniversary of the iconic 2008 Wimbledon Fedal final upon us, we wanted to preview both the Men's and Women's draw for what we think will be a very interesting 2 weeks of tennis. Let us know how you enjoyed it, will help us determine whether to do more of these!
48:45
November 1, 2018
Episode 19: Fida
The Cabal talks about Fidaa, nay Sai Pallavi, with guest @Chinizyaada. Shekhar Kammula is good where he is comfortable and out of sorts in most other places. And of course, the discussion couldn't help but steer to that other romance that is set from the female POV, Om Shanthi Oshaana.
41:02
November 1, 2018
Episode 18: U Turn
Things take a horrific turn... Ok fine, we're just being dramatic. The Cabal each came into the discussion thinking Pawan Kumar's third outing was a well executed film, but I think we were all genuinely surprised at what we ended up discussing. Hope you all enjoy this pod as much as we enjoyed discussing the film.
32:20
November 1, 2018
Episode 17: Velaikkaaran
In a return to the true mainstream, we talk about the December 2017 Mohan Raja - Sivakarthikeyan - Fahadh starrer Velaikkaaran. We had a rather wide, ranging discussion about the movie as well as the meta movie within it. A film that really suffers from excess but is redeemed really by its inventiveness and the occasional sparkling dialog.
42:01
November 1, 2018
Episode 16: Interview with K - Annayum Rasoolum - Part 2
In this episode we talk to the music director of Annayum Rasoolum, his use of session musicians, the VGP recording theater in Chennai, #self , and end up "fanboy"ing both Rajeev Ravi and Manikandan. Big thanks to K for making time for us! Links to the music we discuss in the episode below: Lead in/Fade out music: Vazhivakkil from Annayum Rasoolum Kammattippaadam album on iTunes and Spotify
36:21
November 1, 2018
Episode 15: Annayum Rasoolum (Part 1)
The cabal (well at least 2 of the cabal) is/are taken in by the atmosphere, sound, and aesthetic of Rajeev Ravi's directorial debut. We loved it so much we decided to do this as 2 parts, with a surprise addition coming in part 2.
44:51
November 1, 2018
Episode 14: Kshana Kshanam
A look back at one of the many iconic films Sridevi made. Much like RGV's film, this pod is an ode to Sridevi the star.
35:49
November 1, 2018
Episode 13: Muramba
Pickled sweet discussion on a lovely Marathi film. While being comfortably close to home the cabal also discusses the need to point out why such films represent a specific type of life.
45:30
November 1, 2018
Episode 12: Thegidi
The Cabal dissects a procedural and debates privacy, potential for scams and the state of personal data in India through the lens of the 2014 Tamil thriller Thegidi.
31:40
November 1, 2018
Episode 11: Ondu Motteya Kathe
Still in the post-Valentine hangover the cabal decides to go over the 2017 Kannada rom-com Ondu Motteya Kathe. We dive into the disparities of self-valuation vs. 3rd party valuation and the range responses the arranged marriage systems creates as a result.All in all this is a #GRCA certified podcast. Music, of course, sponsored by the great Rajkumar. (listen to the pod to find out why)
29:56
November 1, 2018
Episode 10: Arjun Reddy
The Cabal addresses two primary criticisms leveled at podcasts - just a bunch of guys letting their friends speak for too long - by inviting some special guests to talk about Arjun Reddy; one of the most polarizing Telugu films of 2017. Much thanks to our special guests Krupa , Ranjani and Ideallaedi! Music from Sethu, as a precursor to Bala's slated remake of Arjun Reddy.
34:32
November 1, 2018
Episode 9: Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum
The Lewd Cabal discuss Dileesh Pothen and Shyam Pushkaran's 2017 stunner Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum. We arrive at some reasons why these 'slices of life' are hard to execute and potentially hide away interpretations from all viewers. Also covered is the near-perfect marrying of form and function across all of the technical aspects of the film.
39:47
November 1, 2018
Episode 8: Anukokunda Oka Roju
This week, the cabal tackles a film we had some trouble classifying; in the end we decided Anukokunda Oka Roju is either a "suspenseful comedy" or "just a comedy. Despite the genre issues, we all thought the film was worth a watch and employed interesting storytelling techniques. The film can be viewed with subtitles on Youtube
28:34
November 1, 2018
Episode 7: Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer
The cabal watched  Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer and came out with different opinions. Director Suseenthiran has taken a done-to-death college romance and lead it down a slightly different path which culminates in a well-aimed-kick-to-the-balls ending. Note to the listeners:  Please do watch the movie to understand the discussion better. The movie is available on Youtube, hotstar and many other platforms.
25:09
November 1, 2018
Episode 6: Usthad Hotel
The Cabal goes a little more mainstream this week exploring the 2012 Malayalam hit Usthad Hotel. Bit of a guilty pleasure, this film brought some varied reactions from the group. But we could all agree on one thing - Dulquer and Thilakan were excellent!
25:45
November 1, 2018
Episode 5: Thithi
This week the cabal discussed four generations and a funeral through the Kannada indie movie Thithi. We cover everything from why brokers hide behind xerox shops to funeral dancers while marveling at the ease with which people with no morality hang ups pass through life.
21:15
October 31, 2018
Episode 4: Maya Bazaar (Part 2)
We’re back with Part 2 of our conversation on MayaBazaar . The Cabal veers off into broader discussions on the Mahabharatha epic and why we should revisit films that were our childhood favorites.
22:56
October 31, 2018
Episode 3: MayaBaazar (Part 1)
This week’s exploration on the Lewd Cabal podcast, leads the crew members to the magical and mythical land of Mayabazar. You can catch Mayabazar(in Tamil, Telugu or Kannada) on Youtube.
21:21
October 31, 2018
Episode 2: Nila
The cabal turn nocturnally romantic and commit sacrilege by comparing this episode’s film Nila to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Watch the movie on Netflix before getting started.
14:29
October 31, 2018
Episode 1: Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu
The Lewd Cabal(Pauk, Wolf, Max, Anantha, Van) ruminate, pontificate, articulate, pacificulate and antarticulate their thoughts on the laid back village phlows of Kumbalam. Watch the movie on Hotstar before getting started.
25:53
October 31, 2018
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