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 // 10:00 PM
Conflations, copouts, and confusions turn 1965 into a kitschy commemorative paean that will struggle to shrug off accusations of being propaganda.
From Amar Akbar Anthony to Baahubali: Whither Indian Cinema’s Secularism? | 22 Jun 2017 // 9:00 PM
A retrospective of Manmohan Desai’s Bollywood classic Amar Akbar Anthony, and the films it has influenced, 40 years on.
Performing Bestiality: Beauties and Beasts in Tamil Cinema | 9 May 2017 // 5:30 AM
Middle of the road Kollywood’s strange obsession with bestiality through the ‘Stockholm syndrome’ demands attention.
'Moscow 1956' and the Beginning of the End of Soviet Rule | 30 Aug 2017 // 6:30 AM
Arresting and weighty, Moscow 1956 recreates the triumph and tragedy of a society recovering from the ravages of despotism but still ensconced in the throes of an authoritarian political system.
Indologist Shulman’s 'Tamil' Dismantles Tamil Nationalism and Questions Its Legacy | 23 Dec 2016 // 3:30 AM
Sublime and riveting, Tamil: A Biography proves that good linguistic and intellectual history can be written without resorting to either esotericism or jargonism.