Kumuthan Maderya is a historian of international relations, 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.
Monday, February 2 2015
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?
Thursday, October 30 2014
While Hollywood horror thrives on the anxieties over the persistence of evil, emanating from a malevolent source, Tamil horror films deal with the prevalence of social injustice.
Friday, September 12 2014
Fed up with the empty rhetoric of utopian ideology and highfalutin discourse, the new generation of filmmakers take their frustrations out on the grand narratives of Tamil cinema.
Sunday, July 20 2014
Recent films from the action-masala genre project India as a global sheriff, replacing a toothless West as an expression of muscular nationalism.
Wednesday, March 11 2015
Axiomatically, Bollywood’s India is a survey of the collective dreamscape created by a billion desires and dreads.