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Top Stories Of The Week: Harvey Weinstein & Misogyny In Hollywood; Hike In Movie Ticket Prices In Tamil Nadu; Mersal’s Release & More


Chef cinematographer Priya Seth talked to us about her varied experiences off-screen, and her decision to not let her personal style intrude on the filmmaker’s vision.

Read here: Priya Seth Interview

Bejoy Nambiar’s ambitious Solo might have scored middling reviews, but that certainly didn’t dampen its box office performance. The Dulquer Salman-starrer rode over controversies to perform better than Saif Ali Khan’s Chef at the box office.

Read here: Box Office Roundup – ‘Solo’ Fares Better Than ‘Chef’

News of the hike in ticket prices had an unexpected effect on the Tamil Nadu audience. We spoke to a few to figure out the impact this latest decision will have on theatre-goers and the overall cinema experience in the state.

Read here: The Hike In Ticket Prices & How It Affects The Audience

One by one, the celebrities lined up to support Hrithik Roshan in the controversy over his alleged relationship with Kangana Ranaut. All this may be par for the course, especially with two of Hindi cinema’s biggest stars involved, but it certainly feels like it is high time they sorted it out privately.

Read here: Hrithik Roshan – Kangana Ranaut Controversy – Will It End At All?

Food and cinema have always had a special relationship. From the iconic Kalyana Samayal Saadham song to the recent Chef, movies have taken their romance with food to a whole new level. A quick look at all those movies, just because we can.

Read here: When Food Becomes A Character

The embargo on new movie releases over the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to saddle Tamil films with 8 percent local body tax will not affect the release of Mersal, its producers told us earlier this week. However, things have taken a whole new turn now.

Read here: Mersal Producers Are Confident Of A Diwali Release Despite Embargo Over Double Taxation

Actor Prakash Raj was forced to backtrack on his comments against PM Narendra Modi recently. Several other stars have issued clarifications or taken a different stand altogether, in order to save face with their fans and the public at large.

Read here: Prakash Raj Clarifies His Remarks On Modi – Do Celebrities Have The Freedom To Speak Up On National Issues?

As Amitabh Bachchan turned 75, we let the millennial among us to pick some of his most iconic films.

Read here: Amitabh Bachchan Is 75 – A Millennial’s Pick Of His Iconic Films

The growing Bollywood market helped expand India’s cultural influence over the world film community.

Read here: Bollywood’s Growing International Market Expands India’s Cultural Influence

We also explored why, after two decades, our collective hearts still went on for James Cameron’s Titanic and Jack and Rose’s love story.

Read here: James Cameron’s Titanic And Why The Heart Still Goes On After Two Decades

Forty-five years ago, on October 13, also a Friday, a bunch of rugby players from Uruguay boarded a plane. They never made it to their destination. The chilling air crash and their subsequent survival would later become the subject of several documentaries, a 1993 feature film starring Ethan Hawke, and also, quite a few pieces of music.

Read here: Friday The 13th – A Real Life Horror

The biggest story from the week that went by was Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and the many women he sexually harassed. From A-list stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie to Asia Argento, many women came forward with tales of sexual misconduct, that ultimately led to Weinstein being fired from the company he helped build.

Read here: Harvey Weinstein – As The List Of Accusers Increase, What We Know So Far

Our photographers went all around Chennai as they covered a variety of events from Shruti Haasan’s store launch to a meet and greet with Mersal director Atlee. A photo roundup:

Read here: Shruti Haasan’s Moment With Her Fans & Atlee’s Diwali Lunch – This Week In Pictures

Sound Engineer Udhayakumar invited us into his office space to show us how he operates, and the things he does for the love of cinema.

Read here: Get To Know – Udhayakumar, Sound Engineer


Victoria & Abdul had stellar performances from actors Judi Dench and Ali Fazal, but its attempt to gloss over colonial history could just not be ignored.

Read here: Victoria &Abdul Review

Kaattu, at its core, is an intense tale of love and revenge. But, this was left unexplored by the film’s makers. All is not lost, however.Actor Asif Ali gives an interesting performance as the village fool, making us forget that he was a part of all those Honey Bee films.

Read here: Kaattu Review

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