V. Mariappan

Ranjan, a superstar that never was

Ranjan, the star of the Tamil cinema of 1940s, was a multi-faceted personality that dwarfed all other hero wannabes. Kollywood was going to be under his thumb in the years to come, prophesied his growing ranks of fans and movie buffs. But fate had thought otherwise. The lesser mortals of his...

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Tamil cinema teeming with anti-woman tropes

When the International Women’s Day went by this week, it was time to reconsider the portrayal of women in Tamil cinema over time. Recently I saw a meme showing a bunch of young girls commenting on the archival poster of a film with the title Kanavanae Kankanda Dheivam (Husband alone is the...

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