Kumuthan Maderya is a Singapore-based historian of culture and film after graduating from the National University of Singapore. Believing that the duty of the critic is to save the film from those who created it, like a true Rajinikanth fan, he hopes to make the subaltern speak. He can also be found on Instagram @subalterntalkies.
Singapore's '1965' Sacrifices a Good Story and History at the Altar of Nationalism | 9 Aug 2015 // 9:00 PM
Conflations, copouts, and confusions turn 1965 into a kitschy commemorative paean that will struggle to shrug off accusations of being propaganda.
Is Indian Cinema's First Chick Flick, 'Mouna Raagam', a Hindu Nationalist Fantasy? | 25 Oct 2016 // 8:35 PM
The "chick flick" medium doesn't completely obfuscate the espousal of the triumph of Hindu conservatism over secular-liberal institutions and socialist ideology.
From Yugoslavia to South India: The Rise of Tamil Turbo-folk | 24 Jan 2016 // 8:30 PM
Like its Serbian counterpart, Tamil Turbo-folk masquerades as ethno-nationalist resistance against the dislocations brought to bear by nation building, liberalization, and globalization.
Indologist Shulman’s 'Tamil' Dismantles Tamil Nationalism and Questions Its Legacy | 23 Dec 2016 // 2:30 AM
Sublime and riveting, Tamil: A Biography proves that good linguistic and intellectual history can be written without resorting to either esotericism or jargonism.
'Kabali' Is a Cerebral Gangster Film | 26 Jul 2016 // 4:00 AM
Kabali, Rajinikanth's finest film in years, asks (and answers) whether the lumpenproletariat can be revolutionary.