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Cinema Industry worst habit is still going strong : Whitewashing

Guess to whom it benefits ?

Is it really surprising to see that even the most-influential indian stars have been associated with fairness products ?

Many of indian actresses skin color has changed over the years, no need to name them… So if even a successful and beautiful actress doesn’t have confidence about her skin color what do you expect? Of course we are in an industry where some talentless people are given the best work just because they “look white”…

We’re in the 21st century. Light skin is not the only way to look beautiful.

THE MOST INTERESTING INDIAN FILMS RELEASED IN THE YEAR OF 2014

This year, I watched more films than ever before (over 65 if I’m showing off) and enjoyed every second of pouring over their details, scrutinising and analysing them and their merits, and just generally being a nerd. I did have a full list of ten (it included Haider, Jigarthanda and Dedh Ishqiya if you were wondering) but I had nothing to say about them. They were perfect, solid, inventively sculpted pieces of cinema. I agreed with their aesthetics and politics. But it’s really hard for me to say what makes them so great. They just…are!

So the films in this list are simply the most interesting; the films which are perhaps not always perfect, but could not have been made in any other way, for any other audience, in any other language or cultural climate. They are works that have surprised me, will continue to surprise me, and that I’m sure will prove to be of great cultural importance to the industries they were produced in. I hope that all makes sense! So here we go:

7. Oohalu Gusagusalade



Sometimes the most brilliant films are not those that try to be everything, to break new ground, or impress with breathtaking craft. Sometimes, a brilliant film will utilise simplicity in such a charming way that you don’t even wish it tried to be ‘better’. If you are making a romantic comedy, you need a good looking lead pair, some relatable romance and some comedy that is actually funny. You do not need a club song or incessant innuendos or suicide and heartbreak. Kudos to this lovely little film which knew exactly what it was and what it needed to do, while subtly and brilliantly assessing the place of a woman’s choice in arranged marriage. 

6. Bangalore Days


An ‘epic’ is generally considered to be a film with massive production values, conjuring up a huge sense of escapism and a time and a place you never dreamed of seeing, complete with a sprawling time scale and a vaguely existentialist battle between good and evil. But then there is another kind of epic; the kind that boldly attempts to encompass the entire human condition, from youth to adulthood. One of Bangalore Days’ many strokes of genius was casting the ever-popular romantic pairing of Nazriya and Nivin Pauly as cousins, deftly pronouncing the importance of family and friendships that so many Indian films leave at the wayside. Bangalore Days is a whole life lived, with a cast of characters who will feel like your own kin when it’s over. 

5. Kill/Dil


How did Shaad Ali imagine this film? Where did the ideas spring from? What kind of brain can envisage such visual composition, such a rich colour palette, and this bewildering sense of kinetic energy on a two-dimensional screen? Films like this, that have a genuine madcap ingenuity and creativity behind them (and I’m talking about the physical, tangible CRAFT of the art-form) are destined to be critical failures. But I wouldn’t want it any other way. God bless Yash Raj Films, India’s most commercial production house, for allowing a filmmaker to experiment, and ultimately fail in telling a story, but excel in the art of making images. 

4. Hasee Toh Phasee


Meeta and Nikhil sit down at a bus stand after storming out of the family home. Meeta has returned after disappearing for years without a trace. The wounds are still raw. Nikhil is attracted to her mystery, the fierce independence in her actions. He wants to know what is driving all these choices. To explain, she takes out a red rubber ball. She drops it and it bounces furiously around the bus stand. It doesn’t stop. It just keeps bouncing. He was not expecting that. This red ball, and indeed Meeta’s character, are almost metaphors for this film - a small but vital shot of total insanity amongst the mundane.

3. Punjab 1984


Masala films have a lot in common with the post-apocalyptic genre: those barren, hopeless villages where ordinary folk are terrorised by archetypal evil landlords or corrupt rulers, to be saved only by a singular righteous hero. Using no tricks, technical machinery or effects, Punjab 1984 conjures up this otherworldly atmosphere quite beautifully, employing a steadfastly Indian mode of storytelling which never dilutes or insults the real-life significance of the issue at hand. This film was hard to trust, given that it stars BJP-member Kirron Kher and (allegedly) Sukhbir Badal-supporting Diljit Dosanjh, but its even handed, delicate treatment of separatism makes its ultimately humanist message impossible to disagree with. Smaller budgets make sharper filmmakers, and regional cinema is now the place to turn for honestly made and truly Indian movies.

2. Madras


On the surface, this is just a perfectly sculpted story we’ve heard a thousand times before: two opposing political forces exploiting impressionable youths into carrying out their dirty bidding. There are two best friends whose ideologies drift apart, a romance that becomes a vessel of redemption, and a vivid backdrop of an urban slum and its cast of colourful characters from gangsters to nagging mothers. On this level its a good, engrossing film, but little else. But then, notice the Ambedkar portraits that hang in every house, the Christian names, the political literature that lingers on the bookshelves. These characters are Dalits, once ‘untouchable’ people. And this colourful neighborhood they inhabit is government sanctioned 'slum clearance’ social housing - a ghetto in the most literal sense of the word. The film gains a host of added nuances. Every heartwarming interaction between friends or relations becomes a middle finger to centuries of disgraceful oppression. Their ownership of their environment becomes a reclaiming of this prison. Madras is either a perfectly told saga of wasted youth and failed democracy, or an important document of the current state of the caste struggle. Either way, its a fabulous entry into a canon of cinema that could only be made in the Tamil language, and a fervently proud, rebellious and working-class masterpiece.


1. Highway


I’m going to have to try and be critical about a piece of work which moved me so deeply and profoundly that I was quite literally in tears for half of its two hour runtime. I’m going to have to try and be critical about a film which was so personal to me that whenever I thought about it over the next few days, I burst into tears all over again. I’m going to have to try and be critical about a film which beautifully summed up everything I have ever thought about our futile material existence on this Earth, a film which explores love and kindness and compassion between human beings simply and poetically. This is a story about the haves and have-nots, about the divide between rich and poor, about our priorities, the very nature of the things which give us happiness. It is a film about women, about innocence, about childhood, about family. And all of this from the man who gave us Love Aaj Kal? Ok I’m finished, that’s about as critical as I can get for a film which is so much more than just perfect.

Once again, this list really took over my life. There are of course some fabulous looking films I didn’t get to see (and literally tons more of crappy ones that I actually sat through). These are the films which inspired me, got me thinking, and really forced me to engage with them critically. I look forward to hearing what you think! Much love, and happy new year!!

What do the Languages of India Sound Like?

India has a population of 1.2 billion people (just slightly behind the PRC) and with that comes some 400+ languages and multiple language families in one country. Obviously I’m not going to show every single language found in India. I’m going to focus on the 22 languages as defined in the Eight Schedule to the Indian constitution, so you can get a teeny-tiny sample of some of the languages of the second most populous nation on earth and how they sound.

All videos are from youtube. They should all play fine in the US, cannot guarantee that for anywhere else. However for pretty much all of these (except a few on the bottom) there are like a bajillion things like just type the language name into youtube and you’ll get like a good 50 movies showing up.

Borrowing of English words is very common in India so don’t be surprised if you’re listening to one and suddenly you there’s English for like two words and then back to whatever language it is.

Also there is a chance that some of the videos may not actually contain the language they’re supposed to contain. I do not speak any of these languages and I had to go off of what labels the video had as well as basic google searches if I could. If there is a mistake, I apologize. And if you catch a mistake let me know so I can get it fixed.

What does Hindi sound like?

Cucumber Benefits For Health and Beauty In Hindi - खीरे के लाभ @ jaipurthepinkcity.com

What does Bengali sound like?

Purnodoirgho Prem Kahini 2 | Trailer-2 | Bengali Movie | Shakib Khan | Joya Ahsan | SIS Media

What does Telugu sound like?

(Some English at beginning) PARICHAYAM ||Telugu Short Film By Klapboard Productions|| Harish Nagaraj Film

What does Marathi sound like?

Puranpoli - Emotional Marathi Short Film | Pocket Films

What does Tamil sound like?

Kalyana Parisu | Tamil Serial | Episode 616 | 29/02/2016

What does Urdu sound like?

Sairbeen 29th February 2016.BBC Urdu

What does Gujarati sound like?

Promo : Aa Namo Bahu Nade Che - Popular Gujarati Natak 2016 - Sanjay Goradia

What does Kannada sound like?

FOREIGN RETURNED - Kannada Short Film - Puneeth B.A

What does Malayalam sound like?

“അപ്പൻ ആരാ മോൻ” - Malayalam  2016 Comedy Short Film Appan ara mon

What does Odia sound like?

Dr Maya Gantayat Interview on Cerebral Palsy in Odia language

What does Punjabi sound like?

Ambarsariya Trailer - Diljit Dosanjh, Navneet, Monica, Lauren, Gul Panag | Latest Punjabi Movie 2016

What does Assamese sound like?

Touching Story Of A House Wife | Assamese short film - A New Dawn (Eti Notun Prabhat)

What does Maithili sound like?

गोनू झा के किस्से  (भाग -1) | Maithili TV programme | Maithili Serial | Gonu Jha

What does Santali sound like?

MON JURI TINJ 2014 Santali Movie Trailer

What does Kashmiri sound like?

*Kashmiri Folk Medley - Aabha Hanjura & Sufistication - Kappa TV

What does Nepali sound like?

फेसबुक प्रेम Comedy Guys Episode -3 |Nepali Comedy |Govinda Koirala|Suresh Thapa|Buddhi Tamang

What does Konkani sound like?

WIKITONGUES: Ashwath speaking Konkani

What does Sindhi sound like?

Sindhi language

What does Dogri sound like?

Satsang In J&k Local Dogri Language

What does Manipuri sound like?

Words of Life Manipuri (মৈইতৈইলোন) People/Language Movie Trailer

What does Bodo sound like?

Good News Bodo: Meche People/Language Movie Trailer

What does Sanskrit sound like?

Sushma Swaraj’s Sanskrit Speech in World Sanskrit conference in Bangkok

*Breaks my rule about no songs because I really couldn’t find much that wasn’t music and I figured something is better than nothing.

anonymous asked:

I have never watched a South Indian movie before what should I watch first?

well i can only really account for malayalam movies so:

BANGALORE DAYS. bangalore days. B A N G A L O R E  D A Y S. 

but also if you like

if you know me you know that all those titles are links WITH SUBS. so click away buddy

i like to suggest bangalore days as a good start because it has a little bit of everything (almost) :)

there’s also my other malayalam/and other cinema rec lists- and the *needs to be updated* master list link is here 
(also if you feel like a crash course in crappy presentation form this is my indian cinema thing, and my specifically malayalam cinema thing)

personally i think manam and magadheera are good starters in telugu. here’s a list with subs by arjunskapoor. some more from tollywoodfever
i have friends whose first south film was ok kanmani in tamil, which they liked. here’s a rec list for tamil that’s been categorised by forestpenguin, also ask @adiyaathi.

south-indian-spice is a great go to for recs that cover most of south india and i’m sure the lovely show runner of the blog will be happy to help you with any other recs (kannada maybe? i’m sorry i can’t give you much info on that i haven’t seen enough)
and WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SOUTH INDIAN CINEMA. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY. I KNOW YOU WILL :)