Kumuthan Maderya is a historian of culture and film based in Singapore 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.
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.
Does the Title of the Bollywood Blockbuster, 'PK', Actually Stand for Performing Kulturkampf? | 2 Feb 2015 // 9:30 PM
In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?