The film industry & the Indian economy

How big or small is the film industry's contribution to the economy? We share here some observations presented by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP in their 2017 report about Economic Contribution of the Film & Television industry in India. "India’s entire media and entertainment (M&E) industry is estimated at INR 126k cr (US$ 19.4 bn) in …

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Salute!

Late Smt. C.R. Anandavally, the dubbing artiste, was renowned for her prowess in voice work and the portrayals that many characters received through her contribution in cinema. Her recent demise brought forth many memories of her work to public discussion. Starting in 1974, so many notable female characters of Malayalam films from 80s and 90s …

Jacinda Ardern – Athena of the modern times

We are honoured to publish an article by Mr.Santhosh Babu,  who is Chairman of OD Alternatives, celebrity coach and facilitates leadership development & organisational transformation. He works with organisations and leaders to shift limiting beliefs and bring about lasting positive change.  To know more about their work please click on the link. Seven days ago, last Friday, …

Like a girl!

Our medium has such fantastic potential to convey ideas... Here is an example where people are asked about what it really means when someone says do something "like a girl" Click HERE to see the video LIKE A GIRL In less than 4 minutes, an age-long bias is cracked open and broken down. Shouldn't we …

The Many Misogynies of Malayalam Cinema

  Meena T Pillai (meenatpillai@gmail.com) is Director, Centre for Cultural Studies, and Professor, Institute of English, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. This article was published in EPW- https://www.epw.in/journal/2017/33/perspectives/many-misogynies-malayalam-cinema.html In the context of the recent sexual molestation of an actor in a public space in Kerala, this article analyses Malayalam cinema’s language of neo-liberal governmentality that seeks …

“മൂന്നോ നാലോ നടിമാരും”… ഒറ്റ പെൺഫ്രെയിമും

Priya A. S. is a Malayalam-language writer from Kerala state, India.  Her oeuvre consists of short stories, children's literature and memoirs.[1]    ഞാൻ എഴുതുമ്പോൾ,  അതിലെന്റെ മാത്രം വിരലുകൾ ഉണ്ടായാൽ മതി. എന്നിട്ടും "എഴുതുന്ന പെൺ വിരലുകൾ", പേനയടച്ച ജീവിതമടച്ച പ്രാണനടച്ച എത്രയോ ഒത്തുതീർപ്പുദാഹരണങ്ങൾ...! പക്ഷേ,എനിക്കൊരു സിനിമയെടുക്കണമെങ്കിൽ, എന്റെ വിരൽക്കഴിവ് മാത്രം പോര. സിനിമ, പലരുടെ കഴിവുകളുടെ വിരൽക്കൂട്ടായ്മയാണ്. എന്നിട്ടും, പുരുഷന്മാർ കൂടുതലായ ഒരാൾക്കൂട്ടത്തിലൂടെ പലതുകളെയും അതിജീവിച്ച് ഒറ്റയ്ക്ക് നടക്കാനുള്ള സിദ്ധി ശേഖരിക്കുക എന്ന വൻകിട …

Women in Cinema Collective and the Malayalam Film Industry

Written by Dr. Tara S. Nair MPhil, Ph.D., Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR). This article was first published in Economic & Political Weekly in 2017    In May 2017, in a pioneering move, a group of women creative workers from the Malayalam film industry formed the Women in Cinema Collective to address gender issues in the …