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Mani Kaul’s 30-minute-long documentary film, Before My Eyes, his ode to Kashmir where his ancestors hail from. It didn’t seem to make any sense in the initial watch. It unfolded leisurely, as an array of images stitched together in a fabric of music, sans a context, as though it didn’t have anything to say. Slowly, the bleakness gave way for a sublime experience of seeing. The film wants the audience to gaze at the images meditatively.
Read full story: ‘Before My Eyes’, Mani Kaul’s Ode To Kashmir
It might be a year since Vijay Deverakonda met you, but he will still remember to say hello and ask how you’re doing even if you’re in the midst of 20 people. He chooses projects with care, ensuring they do justice to his talent. And, his interactions with fans on social media are full of warmth and his trademark humour. Little wonder, he’s hugely popular among the classes and masses.
Read full interview: Vijay Deverakonda Interview: ‘I Don’t Care About Being Politically Correct’
In the South, it is after a very long time that the audience has experienced a film (Mahanati) headlined by a woman in every sense of the word. It glorifies her, yes, but also highlights her frailties. And, all credit to director Nag Ashwin for seeing Savitri in Keerthy when the world trolled the young star after it was announced that she was to play the legendary actress.
In the epoch of her career, veteran actress Savitri brought to life by Keerthy Suresh in Mahanati (Nadigaiyar Thilagam in Tamil) is seen radiating a golden aura – there is a golden sheen to her clothes and in the title song of the film. While cinematographer Dani Sanchez-Lopez brought to life the mood on screen, vintage costumes designed and sourced by Gaurang Shah and Archana Rao brought back the era on-screen.
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