Filmmaker Anu Menon chats SHAKUNTALA DEVI – Mythily Ramachandran interviews (Guest Post)

Indian filmmaker Anu Menon busts Bollywood stereotypes, Known for films with stories about strong female characters, her latest feature is Shakuntala Devi, a biopic that chronicles the life of the legendary female mathematician known alternatively as the ‘wizard of India’ and the ‘human computer.’ Menon chats with Mythily Ramachandran about the titular character and making the film.

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KARUPPU DURAI ​- Review by Mythily Ramachandran (Guest Post)

Karuppu Durai celebrates life and it’s little joys. An old man who awakes from a coma escapes his family’s intention to go ahead with ‘thalaikoothal’ (a traditional practice of involuntary euthanasia of an elderly person that was prevalent in south India). He meets a young orphan and begins a great adventure. KD won director Madhumita ‘Best Director’ award at UK Asian Film Festival, London where it premiered and received the ‘Jury award’ at Singapore South Asian Film Festival.

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HOUSE OWNER – Review by Mythily Ramachandran

Indian actor-director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan stands apart with her stories pivoted around women characters who are complex and fully realized. Her fourth Tamil (south Indian language) film, House Owner is about a loving woman who lives with a spouse suffering from Alzheimer’s–a premise not much explored in south Indian cinema or even Indian cinema.

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Indian Filmmaker Nandita Das and MANTO – Mythily Ramachandran reports (Guest Post)

Filmmaker Nandita Das, the first Indian to be inducted into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, is a multi-hyphenated talent who debuted as an actress in 1995, and became a director in 2008. Manto, her sophomore feature, screened earlier this year at Cannes, where Das has twice served as juror. Manto next plays at BFI’s London Film Festival.

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