SUPERSTAR

Arguably, one of the best things about a Rajni movie is the title card itself. It’s hard even for a neutral guy to keep calm. Then imagine what it would be like for the hardcore fan. It’s like all the Dopamine in your brain is locked up inside a room for months and years together…

2.0

I have a story which Shankar would find very interesting. I say so because it follows his favourite story template. It goes like this. One fine day, the people of Chennai wake up to the news of the brutal murder of a prominent businessman who happens to be a big-budget film producer. The method of…

Thriller

My first attempt at ‘direction’, so to speak. A feeble yet interesting idea was followed up with a lot of head scratching and mental mystification. The script was rewritten some half a dozen times. Elaborate sets were designed. Costume designers from all over the world were consulted over Skype, some over Google Duo. All of…

Carmel

Today, 10/10, is World Mental Health Day and I got the opportunity to give a talk to a group of 150-odd students at Carmel College of Engineering, Alappuzha. Those who know me personally know that I am pretty introverted with a good amount of social anxiety. I have passed up a handful of public speaking…

Homo sapiens

What’s your opinion about this? What do you think? About the judgement? Yeah. Do you support it? Do you think it’s ‘landmark’? I think the world is going to end soon. Hehe.. The world is changing, you know. We should try to acquire progressive attitudes. ‘These’ are also ‘normal’ people now. They too have the…

Anxietea

Today is World Anxiety Day. Just kidding. No it’s not. Not sure if there’s such a day even. In any case, every day is a good day to become aware of the unproductive, often counterproductive, thought loops we all have. For some of us, these unhealthy thought loops switch on certain neural circuits which go…

Jedi

I don’t care how others judge me. I will post my personal stuff on Facebook. Hey, it’s my Wall! I am not forcing anybody to ‘like’ my selfies and stuff (but I am secretly noting who all are liking and who all are not). If I don’t promote myself, who will? I have truly arrived….

A gentle reminder

Me: You know what? I share my birthday with Lal Krishna Advani! Wife: Really?? Me: Yeah!! I too was surprised! Got to know it only when Shashi Tharoor, via his Facebook post, wished him and lauded him as “one of the giants of Indian politics” and one who “left his mark on the nation as…

Kaatru Veliyidai

Most of us have our own reasons to not miss a Mani Ratnam film. I usually go for movies only if they are endorsed by at least 1 critic whom I trust (I know who the really good ones in each language are). But Mani Ratnam movies are above that. Obviously I still care for what the critics…

Fated

While noting down the family history -a standard procedure during any case history-taking – I came to know that Lakshmipathi’s younger brother had committed suicide around nine years ago. That was roughly two years before the former’s schizophrenic symptoms started. There’s something wrong with the family after all, I thought. When I asked the cousin what the…