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The Other Banana
Nov 3, 2020
Play • 1 hr 13 min
We are back with an episode on a Telugu film after quite sometime. In this episode
, along with
and Krupa Ge, talk about Shiva Nirvana's 2017 debut directorial Ninnu Kori starring Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadhi Pinisetty.
More episodes from The Other Banana
Mar 22, 2021
Director Series: Padmarajan's Deshadanakkili Karayarilla
Episode Trigger Warning: Suicide After a long break, we are back with our Director Series on Malayalam auteur Padmarajan. This one is on his 1986 film Deshadanakkili Karayarilla starring Shari, Karthika, Urvashi and Mohanlal. Deshadanakkili Karayarilla might be one of the popular mainstream films in the context of any language, with big stars, but it is also one of the earliest Indian films to talk about a lesbian relationship, confronting the world of queer subjects and the hardships the LGBTQ+ community faces in public and private spaces, what it means to be queer in the confines and threat of heteronormativity and how this subtext can be approached directly with formal elements of cinema while remaining a film that's about female companionship at the surface level. For this episode Aditya is joined by two guests - Darshana Sreedhar Mini, Asst. Professor at University of Wisconsin - Madison's Department of Communication Arts and Affiliate - Gender and Women's Studies, Center for South Asia and Center for Visual Cultures. Our second guest is Rajashree Raju, Board Member of Kerala based LGBTQI+ welfare organization and activist group Queerala. She's been associated with the organization since 2016. Here is the link to watch the film on Youtube. Unfortunately there are no subtitles but it is worth watching even without it as the cinematic elements make sure the subtext is eloquently conveyed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHaQY1xgac4 Here is a link to the book Unruly Figures: Queerness, Sex Work, and the Politics of Sexuality in Kerala (Decolonizing Feminisms) by Navaneetha Mokkil that has a chapter on the film and is discussed in the episode.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 8, 2021
Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (6)
This episode continues to explore how Raaja uses frameworks from western classical music - particularly harmony. We discuss the form and function of harmony and explore, through varied examples and genres, how Raaja deploys them to create his musical experiences. Topics Covered: What is harmony? What do we mean when we talk about tone, note, and timbre? Using Harmony to set the tonal center, create tension, dissonance, and resolution Examples of the usage in Ilaiyaraaja's music Participants: Deepauk Bala Chidambaram Musical References: Vanthaal Vanthaal (Opening) Mandolin Srinivas: Maha Ganapathim Shenbagame Opening Unna Nenachu (Psycho) Vellai Pura Ondru Vaanaththu Thaaragaiyo (Closing)
Feb 21, 2021
The Great Indian Kitchen: With Director Jeo Baby & Cinematographer Salu K Thomas
Once again, an early contender for one of the best films of the year comes from Malayalam cinema. The Great Indian Kitchen, written and directed by Jeo Baby, filmed by Salu K Thomas and edited by Francies Louis hit the exclusive Malayalam OTT platform Neestream last month. Starring Nimisha Sajayan and Suraj Venjaramoodu, a film rich in visual flourish, edited with finesse that uses pure imagery to convey its story, theme and politics, The Great Indian Kitchen hits right where it hurts. It was a great pleasure to have director Jeo Baby and cinematographer Salu K Thomas join Aditya and Deepauk to talk about the film, how it was scripted, shot and edited and what were the influences behind the making of this film. Jeo and Salu touch on several things like having a script with editing patterns written down, improvised dialogues, finding the right house for filming, the influences of KG George's Adaminte Vaariyellu (1984) and Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Elippathayam (1981). Listen on. You can find Adaminte Vaariyellu on Youtube here and Elippathayam here.