Kumuthan Maderya

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.

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Columns // 6 Articles
Reviews // 2 Articles
//Features

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.

//Columns

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.

Birdman v Uttama Villain: Portrait of the Artiste As an Older, Wiser Man | 18 Jun 2015 // 8:30 PM

Making their films resistant to easy consumption and demanding respect for the artiste is essential to the spirit of Birdman and Uttama Villain.

//Reviews

Trailing the Artisans of Oneiric Worlds in Anand Pandian's 'Reel World' | 30 Nov 2015 // 8:05 PM

Reel World reconciles the recondite with the banal, the sublime with the quotidian, and the real with the mythological.

How Representative of India is Bollywood? | 11 Mar 2015 // 1:00 AM

Axiomatically, Bollywood’s India is a survey of the collective dreamscape created by a billion desires and dreads.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

// Channel Surfing

"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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