In this episode, we talk about the legendary S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, the long career that he has had as an.....actor! One of the under-discussed aspects of the inimitable singer-performer, his talents in front of the camera have made a mark of their own, something that has even bled into his talent behind the mic. He could be the genial father or the sincere, bumbling cop. Or he could be your friendly, neighborhood family doctor. He remains Balu the singer in front of our eyes but he can also accede to the demands of the role. Joining Adi for this pod are regular guests Krupa and Equanimus. Listen on.
The film that made Anushka Shetty a trailblazer and a legitimate superstar in the South. A film so mad, so crazy and so much going for it that you cannot take your eyes off it even if you'd cower just a little bit. Kodi Ramakrishna's Arundhati is a legendary film in Telugu cinema but even its very existence is couched in legends as Hemanth Kumar CR tells us in this podcast with anecdote after anecdote. Joining him are Max and Yamini. Listen on.
We are super excited to present this episode on one of the most enduring and memorable romantic comedies of Tamil cinema. 15 years ago, a then little film called Kanda Naal Mudhal released and surprised everyone in the best way possible. Directed by debutante V. Priya, produced by Prakash Raj and starring Prasanna, Laila, Lakshmi, Revathy, Karthik Kumar, Regina Cassandra (also making her debut), the film had a great team of technicians as well - Thotta Tharani, Sreekar Prasad, PC Sreeram and one of the best music and background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The film is still considered to be everyone's favorite romcoms and, as we found out, has aged beautifully.
Deepauk and Aditya speak to the two debutantes from the film - director V. Priya and actress Regina Cassandra as they take a trip down memory lane to talk about the making of the film, how the team came about, the scripting and production experiences, what the actors added to the film and the post release word of mouth that helped the film a great deal and continues to entertain 15 years later. Along the way, we get one great anecdote after another. Listen on.
A new attempt at The Other Banana Podcast. We are taking two films - an original and a remake or plagiarized version of the same, and discussing about the merits, demerits and memories associated with the two. In this episode, we talk about the Priyadarshan's 1997 Malayalam film Chandralekha starring Mohanlal, Sukanya, Pooja Batra, Innocent, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu et al and the film it was ripped off from - John Turteltaub's romcom While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher.
Deepauk and Anantha are joined by regular guest Amrita and they also rue the coma status of the romcom genre as a whole. Listen on.
What happened to the glorious traditions of classical music in the 20th century? How did film music capture the public consciousness in Tamil Nadu (even India)? What is the significance of Ilaiyaraaja's arrival? These questions form the discussion in the third part of our series.
Though this episode stands on its own, you can listen to Part 1 and Part 2 for better context.
Key topics covered:
The impact of the world wars on classical artists
Atonality and the recession of western classical music from the public consciousness
Formation of the sabhas and musical theater traditions in the Indian classical paradigm
The scope and space provided by film, a modern medium, for innovation in music
The three phases of Tamil Film Music, and the inventiveness of M.S.Viswanathan
Annakkili and the arrival of Ilaiyaraaja
Ilaiyaraaja - Annakili
Shostakovich - Leningrad Symphony 7 Movement 2
Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire
Parthu Kadan Kodungal - Gopalkrishna Bharathy
Wagner - Ride of Valkyrie (OST Apocalypse Now, Da 5 Bloods)
Stravinsky - Petrushka
G.Ramanathan - Vaadaa Malare - Ambikapathy
M.S.Viswanathan - Ammammaa Keladi Thozhi - Karuppu Panam
C.Ramachandra - Eena Meena Deeka - Aasha
Wynton Marsalis - Second Line
M.S.Viswanathan - T.K.Ramamoorthy - Unnai Ondru Ketpen - Puthiya Paravai
Ilaiyaraaja Music Academy Speech
M.S.Viswanathan on Charukesi and Ammamma Keladi
Ilaiyaraaja Interview clip
The impact of Sabha culture
Bala's blogposts on music of the 20th century, Tamil film music
In this episode, we are joined by Niranjana Ramesh, urban researcher working on the everyday life of cities at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Aditya, Niranjana and Ashoka discuss Nalan Kumarasamy's sophomore feature Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum. Though not as well received as his debut Soodhu Kavvum or as well remembered, this film tried to break a lot of stereotypes associated with Tamil romantic films. It centers the film from the point of view of the woman, Yazhini played by Madonna Sebastian, along with the ever reliable Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi as Kathir. Listen on.
In this episode we're joined by Dolly Kikon, Usham Rojio, and Anannya Baruah as we explore Nicholas Kharkongor's 2019 film Axone. The film is out on Netflix and we encourage everyone to watch!
The film provides a great platform to understand some of the issues faced by people from the North East states as they migrate to cities like Delhi. However, the film misses the opportunity to have a serious discussion about a number of issues it raises in the effort to find balance.
Deepauk Murugesan (Host)
Nicholas Kharkongor interview
Dolly's opinion piece in the Indian Express on Axone
A discussion on Seasons of Life - Dolly's short film on food in the North East organized by Zubaan Books
On Asha Stores, the shop with North Eastern delicacies featured in Axone
Aribam Shyam Sharma and Ishanou
Anannya Baruah on HuffPost
Baby Mol, Helen Paul and Jessy. In just the last one year, Anna Ben has emerged as one of the most promising newcomers and a confident performer on screen. With critically acclaimed films like Kumbalangi Nights (2019) and Helen (2019), and Kappela (2020) that dropped on Netflix a little over a week ago, Anna Ben is already a star and looks destined for greater heights. In this interview, Aditya talks to Anna Ben about her quick rise to stardom, her craft and how each of her three films has shaped her. Listen on.
We like to call this episode "A Brief History of Music." To understand where both music and its listenership stood at the beginning of he 20th century we trace the origins of music - with a specific focus on European and Indian music - across 4 key stages of evolution. We believe this fact base is critical to understand why film music and Raaja have the impact that they do on us today.
Also here's Part 1 of this series you might want to check out.
Key eras/aspects of music covered:
The stone age (musical cue: Dr. Jean-Louis Ringot on the lithophone)
Higher Civilizations - primarily the Greek and Indian eras
The B.C. to medieval ages of music (musical cues: Gregorian and Rig Veda chants)
The classical era of music (musical cues: Handel's Messiah and Raga Behag by Charumathi Raghuraman)
Related books, links and references:
Raaja opening clip: Podhigai Interview with T.V.G
Opening Music: Sangeethame from Kovil Pura
Closing Music: Uliyin Osai
A short history of music by Curt Sachs
Shape of Ancient thought by Thomas Mcevilley
Bala's blog post on musical history
We look back at the genius of Jandhyala in taming societal issues with comedy. Aha Na Pellanta(1987) is one such gem that stands the test of time and tackles dowry. In this episode, @maxdavinci is joined by Yamini an editor from Mumbai, and @localteaparty returns as a guest to the podcast. Listen on as they talk about their memories of first watching it, Bramhanandam's insults, inspirations for Trivikram, and the staggering work of Rajendra Prasad in Telugu cinema.
Happy Birthday Raaja!
Today we kickstart a new series on Raaja through which we attempt to construct a framework to approach, understand, and appreciate the phenomenon of Ilaiyaraaja. We dig deeper into his colossal career and try to make sense of how a composer with a classical approach achieved such immense admiration from the mainstream public. Through these discussions we ponder over how his staggering achievements could guide us in creating a better musical culture paving the way for a future where good music and hit music aren't parallel ideas, where classical music can once again attain its peak state as people's music. With such modest ambitions, do we start....
Raaja's interview sections.
The Guitar Prasanna article.
Bala's blog series on Ilaiyaraaja.
How about some nostalgia for 90s kids? @complicateur, @gradwolf and @ABVan come together to talk about the superhit cult favorite of all Tamil cinema fans and importantly, Captain Vijaykanth fans - written by Mani Ratnam & directed by K Subash in 1990 Chatriyan. This neatly cut film with a background score to die for is an important evolutionary cog in the genre of Tamil cop movies. Everything you've seen later began here. Including non-cop films like Rajinikanth's Baasha. Not your usual movie review. How, you ask? Listen on.
In episode 63 of The Other Banana, after a long time, we move to the Telugu film industry. Chinizyaada and Amrita joined Max to talk about Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo directed by Trivikiram and boasting of a humongous star cast with Tabu, Jayaram, Pooja Hegde, Nivetha Pethuraj, Rohini et al. The film was a huge hit and Thaman's music is still ringing in everyone's ears, and thanks to David Warner, in the eyes too. It's streaming on Netflix. Listen on.
The piece that Chini refers to in the pod is here: https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/srikakulam-dialect-to-the-fore-in-sittharala-sirapadu-from-ala-vaikunthapuramuloo/article30674308.ece
In this episode, Madhumita, who recently directed the wonderful KD (a) Karuppudurai joins us for a chat. We had asked her what's that one film she'd love to talk about and she chose Majid Majidi's 1997 film Children of Heaven, a film that turned her towards a filmmaking career. Madhumita chats with Aditya about the film and on topics ranging from her film KD, directing and writing children, on Satyajit Ray, Anjali, Asghar Farhadi and more.
You can find Aditya's review of KD (a) Karuppudurai here. The film is streaming on Netflix.
We are trying something new with this episode. The Other Banana team is joined by Deepti to talk about not one, not two but three recent Malayalam films that may seem different at a surface level but have a common theme going - a clash between two men that we can either reduce to a form of ego or delve deep into the complexities that inform this clash. We try to do the latter. We talk about Sachy's Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Lal Jr's Driving License (also written by Sachy) and Anuraj Manohar's Ishq. Listen on.
In our sixtieth episode, we take a break from Tamil post the Vetri Maaran series and switch language to Kannada to focus on one of 2019's best Indian films - Roopa Rao's Gantumoote starring Teju Belawadi and Nischit Korodi.
Joining us in this episode is Krupa Ge, Editor-in-Chief of Silverscreen. Later in the episode, we have an interview with Roopa Rao, the director herself, to talk about her film, her fascination with the 90s, the process of writing and filming Gantumoote and the formal choices she made to tell a story.
In our final episode in the Vetri Maaran series, we are joined by lawyer and fellow film fan @subjudiced (https://twitter.com/subjudiced) to discuss how Vetri Maaran weaves the personal stories of Poomani's Vekkai into a tapestry of social commentary. The film spurred a discussion on some of the grave injustices that have been meted out to the Dalit communities through the poor allocation/misappropriation of what is guaranteed to them by law.
Continuing with our Director focus on Vetri Maaran, we talk about his 2018 film Vada Chennai. Not only mythical in its approach but also somewhat mythical in its inception, making, release etc considering the talk about the film started in the early 2010s and the film finally released in October 2018. We are not done with it yet. The sequels are coming. Or so one hopes.
Bonus: We have a special guest joining us later in the episode - actress Aishwarya Rajesh who plays Padma in the film. She talks about her role, her audition and the stellar career she has had so far. Listen on.
Aishwarya Rajesh Interview from 45:45 minutes.
We're joined by @equanimus as we discuss Vetri Maaran's third film Visaranai (Interrogation). Based on the novel Lock Up by Chandrakumar, this was Vetri's first foray into adapting previously written material for the screen.
Continuing with our Director Series, we talk about Vetri Maaran's sophomore film, Aadukalam, an auteurial effort that was a sign of things to come.
For this episode, we are joined by independent journalist, translator Kavitha Muralidharan. Listen on.
At The Other Banana, we are changing track a bit. Instead of arbitrarily choosing a film, we have chosen a director and will be focusing on all (or the best ones) their films, dedicating an episode to each of their works. We begin with one of the finest we've got in Tamil cinema - Vetri Maaran.
In this episode, we talk about his debut, Polladhavan (2007), that also marked the beginning of an actor-director combo we cannot get enough of - Dhanush and Vetri Maaran. Listen on.
Hello and Happy New Year from the team of The Other Banana Podcast! It's not got off on a happy note, mind you, what with the anti-CAA/NRC/NRP protests and the general discontent across the country. Much needed action, of course. Maybe there is hope in this fight. On that note, our first episode of 2020. We talk about an underrated, less discussed film. Anucharan's KIRUMI. It trains its focus on one man, Kathir as Kathir, who is unemployed and is hired as an unofficial hand by the police. Through his experience, we get to witness the power wielded by these unofficial henchmen and the larger picture of the state-police-criminal nexus comes into view. Consider the violence in UP/Delhi and yesterday's attack in the JNU campus, this film's storyline seemed topical. Listen on, we have full team attendance.
Following Kaithi, our previous episode, we thought of getting deep into the masala genre. And for that, we must get into what makes 'Thala' Ajith and 'Thalapathy' Vijay tick. In this episode, we talk about their respective phenomenon with two of their marquee films as the angle - Vijay's Thuppakki and Ajith's Mankatha.
Lokesh Kanagaraj's sophomore effort is an interesting triumph of combining riveting set pieces to inject some much needed life into the Tamil masala genre.
Almost universally liked, in this episode, we talk about Kaithi, the genre, and the question of where Lokesh Kanagaraj goes from here.
Swaroop RSJ and Naveen Polishetty get together to make a truly rollicking detective/suspense caper that is equal parts film noir and comedy, a mix that's as diabolical as it is fun.
In our fifty first episode, @maxdavinci and Aditya are joined by film critic Hemanth CR to talk about Swaroop RSJ directed Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, a film starring (and co written by) Naveen Polishetty, Shruti Sharma et al.
We hit a half century! In The Other Banana's 50th episode, Anantha and Aditya talk to Hemanth Rao, director of Kavaludaari, the 2019 Kannada film.
Kavaludaari is one of the latest entrants in Indian cinema's film noir. It combines the genre's trademark techniques to tell a compelling mystery story that spans decades. Director Hemanth Rao talks to us about the film, the challenges he faced in its making and his career in general.
Every year, the Deepavali day is unambiguously related to Tamil cinema. So, the members of The Other Banana got together to discuss their Deepavali movie experiences ranging from early 90s to this day. We also sent out a tweet asking for others' experiences and we'll be reading out a few responses in the episode.
Happy Deepavali! Happy listening. And hope you got tickets for your favorite films.
Two of us take a walk down memory lane with author, filmmaker, and film studies professor Dr. Swarnavel Easwaran to discuss AVM Productions' cult hit Antha Naal. Featuring (then) rising star Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, and screenwriter Javert Seetharaman in a crucial role.
Dr.Swarnavel's book Madras Studios is a great primer of the studio system that existed in Thamizh cinema at the time and his film Kattumaram starring Mysskin is in the festival circuit garnering acclaim. His article on the cinematography and poetics of 1950s Tamil cinema (in particular Maruti Rao the cinematographer for Antha Naal) resulted in a shot from Antha Naal gracing the cover of Screen - one of the foremost film studies journals in the world. (Please email us if you would like a copy)
We thank Dr.Swarnavel profusely for sparing time to connect with us. It was a particularly insightful and informative discussion on the politics and technicalities of cinema of the period. We hope you enjoy listening and let us know what you think!
This episode is more or less an ode to one of the finest films to come out the Malayalam industry this year (an industry that sets the standard high enough that this adjective is pretty high praise). Unda, Khalid Rahman's sophomore effort after Anuraaga Karikkinte Vellam, points to an evolution we hope continues on to many more films to come. Everyone on the crew enjoyed watching the film and we sincerely hope more people nationally and internationally stream it on Amazon Prime.
Also read: @complicateur with his initial thoughts when the film first released.
The gang gets together to talk about the Manikandan favorite, Aandavan Kattalai. A lovely film that helps you see the lighter side of the completely heavy social issues it explores.
Listen to our episode where we talk to the music director of Aandavan Kattakai, here.
The gang got together to discuss another instant classic from the Malayalam film world this year - Virus. Huge ensemble cast, complicated issue, and a number potential issues that could've derailed the movie and yet it is pulled off with such elan. A strong recommend from the crew!
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)!
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.
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....
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!
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 @rumlolarum on Twitter, who joined us for Pariyerum Perumal earlier.
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".
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.