Thoughts of Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya: Beauty in Normality

Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya (UMUR) is a film I’ve been eagerly looking forward to catching on the big screen post-pandemic. The pandemic’s far from over but UMUR is here, making our lives less suffocating for a while, and it is everything I expected it to be and even more. There are multiple facets I adored … Continue reading Thoughts of Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya: Beauty in Normality

Arjun Reddy is a Landmark of Telugu Cinema, Regardless of Its Moral Incorrectness

Originally appeared in Baradwaj Rangan’s blog. If you’re a non-Telugu-speaking movie-viewer who discovered Telugu cinema during the lockdown, relying on the multitude of OTT services, it is highly likely that your cinematic comprehension of Telugu cinema is confined to OTT hits, which mostly represent the tiny good side of the Telugu cinema. For instance, the … Continue reading Arjun Reddy is a Landmark of Telugu Cinema, Regardless of Its Moral Incorrectness

Thoughts on Bulbbul: Turns the Fables Around

The word chudail (female demon) has an archive of its own in Indian pop-culture. Beyond novels and films, the folklore of a female supernatural entity that predominantly haunts men has penetrated into children’s stories as well. After all, Indian films, especially Tamil and Telugu language films, have metamorphosed the genre into wholesome entertainment, capitalizing our engrossment in … Continue reading Thoughts on Bulbbul: Turns the Fables Around

Thoughts on Madha: A case of ‘could have been’

The title sequence of Madha is coated with spookiness and is dedicated to instilling fear in the viewer with the potent use of music and imagery. Suffused with eerie images and anxiety-inducing background score, the sequence succeeds in creating the ominous mood that film carries in totality. The film, though, lacks the inflection that’s apparent in its … Continue reading Thoughts on Madha: A case of ‘could have been’