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 Yugoslavia to South India: The Rise of Tamil Turbo-folk | 24 Jan 2016 // 9:30 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 // 9:30 PM
Making their films resistant to easy consumption and demanding respect for the artiste is essential to the spirit of Birdman and Uttama Villain.
'Kabali' Is a Cerebral Gangster Film | 26 Jul 2016 // 5:00 AM
Kabali, Rajinikanth's finest film in years, asks (and answers) whether the lumpenproletariat can be revolutionary.
Brown Lives Don’t Matter in the Dark and Cruel World of 'Visaranai' | 9 Feb 2016 // 9:10 PM
Visaranai compels us to interrogate our presumptions about the bourgeois state apparatus.