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Sreehari Nair

Sreehari Nair wishes to write about that which is in the cultural air but absent from trending lists. You can e-mail the author at sreeharin@rediff-inc.com

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Malik: When God takes over a human colony

Malik: When God takes over a human colony

Rediff.com7 days ago

'We feel thrust into a motion picture that has all the makings of a carnival but no real fireworks,' Sreehari Nair notes after watching Malik.

Is Nayattu anti-Dalit? Is Karnan pro-Dalit?

Is Nayattu anti-Dalit? Is Karnan pro-Dalit?

Rediff.com2 Jun 2021

'If questioning and dethroning hierarchies is your primary motive, why not put an end to the practice of announcing your shining star, your box office draw, in big flaming letters and mentioning everyone else's name in small font at the bottom of the screen?' asks Sreehari Nair.

The world of Chaitanya Tamhane's Disciple

The world of Chaitanya Tamhane's Disciple

Rediff.com12 May 2021

'Tamhane's densely composed shots achieve what a vacuously whizzing camera seldom does.' 'Like those Renaissance Paintings in which a bewitching lady is shown posing for a portrait, and daily life plays out in a corner unruffled, Tamhane's static frames have a hundred interesting things happening within them,' observes Sreehari Nair.

That talent called Amit Mistry

That talent called Amit Mistry

Rediff.com4 May 2021

Amit Mistry was a wicked actor, someone who could chance a broken arm, who could take deep dives, who could ram his head into walls, all without bothering about the outcome. And, as with that closing bit, the knowledge of where he might have arrived at eludes us now, observes Sreehari Nair.

Aarkkariyam review

Aarkkariyam review

Rediff.com20 Apr 2021

Despite its stiffness, in Aarkkariyam, a supernatural glow does shine out of the ordinary.

Joji: The Mundane Disarranged by a Heart of Darkness

Joji: The Mundane Disarranged by a Heart of Darkness

Rediff.com16 Apr 2021

With Joji, Dileesh Pothan has found a way, once more, to use everything he has learnt to further push the boundaries of his art, observes Sreehari Nair.

Is Dileesh Pothan our finest film-maker?

Is Dileesh Pothan our finest film-maker?

Rediff.com6 Apr 2021

'I might in the future step out of a Dileesh Pothan movie not completely satisfied, but content I'll be in the knowledge that our greatest living film-maker had failed striving to be something more than just an auteur,' notes Sreehari Nair.

Was Kangana's National Award calculated?

Was Kangana's National Award calculated?

Rediff.com29 Mar 2021

'Of all artists who openly support the current political dispensation, she is far and away the finest,' argues Sreehari Nair. 'With the exception of perhaps Tabu, no Indian actress has done more to extend the range of the feminine mystique in Hindi cinema.'

Kolkata 2001: The Odyssey, viewed from the sidelines

Kolkata 2001: The Odyssey, viewed from the sidelines

Rediff.com14 Mar 2021

20 years ago this week, India and Australia played one of the greatest Test matches in cricket history. Sreehari Nair relives the sound and the fury of that unforgettable game at the Eden Gardens.

Mohanlal would be perfect as Georgekutty.. 25 years ago

Mohanlal would be perfect as Georgekutty.. 25 years ago

Rediff.com5 Mar 2021

The curse of stardom, especially in a country like India -- which wants its Gods to be tidy and punctilious -- is that stardom forces you to stop exploring the frozen sea inside you, and instead inspires you more and more to perform out of a small puddle, observes Sreehari Nair.

Is The Great Indian Kitchen gutsy cinema?

Is The Great Indian Kitchen gutsy cinema?

Rediff.com30 Jan 2021

If you think the film is gutsy, you are simply being blind to the truth that the whole men-are-worthless slant is saleable right now, argues Sreehari Nair.

What we MISS when we don't watch films in a theatre

What we MISS when we don't watch films in a theatre

Rediff.com27 Jan 2021

The difference between watching a movie on a laptop in your apartment and watching it on a big white screen is almost spiritual, notes Sreehari Nair.

Thoovanathumbikal: The masterpiece that got away from its maker

Thoovanathumbikal: The masterpiece that got away from its maker

Rediff.com4 Jan 2021

Padmarajan's Thoovanathumbikal has become a part of Malayali mythology, just as its maker himself now possesses mythological status.

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors review

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors review

Rediff.com25 Dec 2020

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors is not a great show, but an efficient one, notes Sreehari Nair.

What sending Jallikattu to the Oscars means

What sending Jallikattu to the Oscars means

Rediff.com1 Dec 2020

To an award show that's famous for honouring artists belatedly, we have sent as our official entry one of our major film-makers's weakest work yet, feels Sreehari Nair.

Mirzapur 2 is all surface pleasures...

Mirzapur 2 is all surface pleasures...

Rediff.com5 Nov 2020

... And sometimes, that's enough, says Sreehari Nair.

C U Soon review

C U Soon review

Rediff.com4 Sep 2020

What Director Mahesh Narayanan captures perfectly in C U Soon is the texture of our online conversations, observes Sreehari Nair.

Lootcase: Realisation of the secret middle-class dream

Lootcase: Realisation of the secret middle-class dream

Rediff.com21 Aug 2020

'It's also a movie-crazed kid's idea of a great time,' discovers Sreehari Nair.

Moothon review

Moothon review

Rediff.com28 Jul 2020

All through Moothon, you can sense Mohandas trying hard to empathise with her characters; I just wish she was interested in them, declares Sreehari Nair.

Gulabo Sitabo: Bachchan's finest performance in 30 years

Gulabo Sitabo: Bachchan's finest performance in 30 years

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

'It's a performance that puts the Bachchan hysteria to shame,' observes Sreehari Nair.

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