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Posts from — September 2008

Benevolent Super Stars and Subaltern Audiences: The Markers of Post Coloniality in Tamil Cinema

The notions of benevolence and benevolent subjectivity have been serving as important theoretical constructs in relating to the conditions of subalterneity in diverse cultural contexts. Gayatri Spivak‘s theoretical addresses concerning the above have elevated the purportedly centuries-old feudal marker of benevolence into a post colonial marker par excellence. This seems not only a theoretically sound mode of [Read more →]

September 25, 2008   1 Comment  

C N Annadurai: The Progenitor of Tamil Political Cinema II

There is a greater need now than ever before to subject the so called golden age of Dravidian movement and the contributions of its key shapers like CN Annadurai and Periyar to critical theorising on a plane devoid of popular and often misleading¬† approaches. The popular and misleading approaches of the curious lay persons and media always root for the role of cinema in Dravidian politics,¬† the movement’s anti-Hindi [Read more →]

September 25, 2008   2 Comments  

Tamil Cinema and Politics: Decadent Nexus?

The early political films of DMK did not have overtones of explicit party propaganda. The messages of the party were subtly interwoven in the narrative threads of social melodramas albeit with verbal and visual references to Anna. The often talked about nexus between cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu is not the same as what it was during Anna’s times. Obviously, it has lost its steam and has become a refuge of opportunistic games of film stars yearning to become politicians without sweating it out from the scratch. [Read more →]

September 25, 2008   No Comments  

CN Annadurai: The Progenitor of Tamil Political Cinema

Sept.15 2008 marked the beginning of the centenary celebrations of the man who caused the birth of not only Tamil political cinema, but also the cultural politics of cinema in Tamil Nadu. C N Annadurai, also known as CNA, and affectionately as Anna or elder brother, was not yet another politician, another ideologue and another dramatist testing the socially surcharged decades of 1940-1960 in Tamil Nadu. He was [Read more →]

September 25, 2008   10 Comments  

Survey on Indian film audience

What Indian film consumers want

What Indian film consumers want

Screeen, a film weekly has conducted a survey on Indian film audience to learn more about their preferences and views. Find it here.

September 25, 2008   No Comments  

This short film brought to you by…

For every revolutionary idea, there is a capitalist waiting to appropriate it. Watch the credits in the end!

September 24, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture

New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8-April 11, 2009 [

September 23, 2008   1 Comment  

(CFP) Transgressive/exploitation/horror/extreme cinema swpca 2008

Call for Presentations: Transgressive Cinema Panel
Deadline for submission: November 15, 2008
Online: http://www.h-net.org/~swpca/index.html [

September 23, 2008   1 Comment  

(CFP) Films, Farms, Factories

Call for Papers
Films, Farms, Factories: Landscaping an Empire
The Green Nineteenth Century
30th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 26-28, 2009
Deadline: November 30, 2008 [

September 23, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Film Theory (Southwest-Texas PCA/ACA)

Film Theory
Southwest-Texas PCA/ACA Conference
Albuquerque, NM
February 25-28, 2009 [

September 23, 2008   No Comments