136 episodes

A generation of impostors brought up on cinema. The Other Banana podcast is primarily Deepauk M(@complicateur), Aditya(@gradwolf), Anantha(@anantha), and Ashoka(@ABVan).

We discuss films – mostly Indian – and analyse them in turn, roughly on a bi-weekly basis.

The Other Banana The Other Banana

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

A generation of impostors brought up on cinema. The Other Banana podcast is primarily Deepauk M(@complicateur), Aditya(@gradwolf), Anantha(@anantha), and Ashoka(@ABVan).

We discuss films – mostly Indian – and analyse them in turn, roughly on a bi-weekly basis.

    Episode 136: On Nithilan Saminathan's Maharaja

    Episode 136: On Nithilan Saminathan's Maharaja

    Nithilan Saminathan returns after Kurangu Bommai with a bigger canvas and a bigger star. His talents are still visible, refined even, but his latest film with Vijay Sethupathi in and as Maharaja started a discourse about rape-revenge genre in cinema, gratuitous violence, depiction of sexual abuse, and the conspicuous choice of Vairamuthu as lyricist.

    Aditya joins Deepauk and regular guest Subha Rao to talk about what irked them about the film, what they liked, and where Tamil cinema must do better. And how the audience reaction in the theatres didn't inspire much confidence. The discussion contains spoilers.

    Listen on.

    Participants:

    Aditya

    Deepauk

    Subha Rao

    Link to Subha's opinion piece on the film in The News Minute: https://www.thenewsminute.com/flix/opinion-vijay-sethupathi-film-maharaja-is-an-example-of-how-not-to-depict-violence-on-screen

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 135: Films of Girish AD - Premalu, Super Sharanya & Thanneer Mathan Dinangal

    Episode 135: Films of Girish AD - Premalu, Super Sharanya & Thanneer Mathan Dinangal

    We at The Other Banana believe that director Girish AD is doing something incredible with the genre of romantic comedy and coming of age. With the recent big hit Premalu, that awed audiences across south India, we decided to take a look at all his films that show steady progression in certain genre conventions as well as successful attempts at breaking them with memorable writing, characters, comedy and performances.


    In this episode, Poorvaja S, journalist from The Hindu joins Aditya and Deepauk to talk about Girish and his three films so far - Thanneer Mathan Dinangal, Super Sharanya and Premalu.


    There is a lot of giggling and laughter but also some observations into what makes Girish AD unique and how he has revitalized the genre in India. Listen on.


    Participants:

    Aditya

    Deepauk

    Poorvaja


    Edited by Anantha.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 134: Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (10)

    Episode 134: Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (10)

    In this episode we dive into the atomic elements of composition that we can observe in Raaja's music. How does he use sentence structures and motifs in his compositions? Can we really tell apart where Carnatic ends and Western touches begin in his music. Briefly we also cover one stark difference between MSV and Raaja.



    Topics Covered:


    What are sentences and how have they been used by Beethoven and Mozart?


    How do sentence structures show up in Raaja's music?


    What is a motif and why does it often form the kernel of the full composition?


    How has Raaja used various motifs in his film songs?


    Participants:


    Mahesh


    Deepauk


    Bala Chidambaram


    Musical References:


    Subramanyena (Notes)



    Kaatumalli



    Sakkarakattikku

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 133: Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malaikottai Vaaliban

    Episode 133: Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malaikottai Vaaliban

    We couldn't ignore Malayalam cinema's great run in the first couple of months of 2024 so decided to talk about Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malaikottai Vaaliban which received a lukewarm to polarizing reception after huge expectations.

    Right after the universally feted Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam, Malaikottai Vaaliban couldn't have been more different, a fantastical tale that eschews the diktats of narrative cinema and leaps from one genre to another with every scene. Starring Mohanlal, Katha Nandi, Sonalee Kulkarni, Hareesh Peradi, Danish Sait, Manoj Moses and others, there is a lot in the film to like and talk about.

    Aditya is joined by his namesake writer Aditya Mani Jha and Mint Lounge's film critic Uday Bhatia, three people who immensely enjoyed the film to talk about what worked, the influences and whether a sequel can be expected or not. Listen on.


    Participants:

    Aditya

    Uday Bhatia

    Aditya Mani Jha

    Edited by Anantha

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 132: Sapta Saagaradaache Ello Side B with Hemanth M. Rao & Chaithra J. Achar

    Episode 132: Sapta Saagaradaache Ello Side B with Hemanth M. Rao & Chaithra J. Achar

    Sapta Saagaradaache Ello - Side B team is back and this time we have director Hemanth M. Rao and actor/singer Chaithra J. Achar joining us. She plays Surabhi in this follow up to SSE Side A. Side B looks at the life of Manu (Rakshit Shetty) and Priya (Rukmini Vasanth) a decade after their tragic love story seemingly ended. We travel with these star crossed characters as Manu grapples with life without Priya after getting out of prison, his tryst with Surabhi and the inability to move on from the strongest love of his life.

    We talk everything in this podcast - Chaithra's audition for Surabhi, the staging, colours and lenses used, the progression and inner selves of the three characters, some anecdotes and happy accidents from the filming and also broach the subject of stalking. Listen on.

    Participants:

    Aditya

    Hemanth M. Rao

    Chaithra J. Achar

    Edited by Anantha

    Listen to our episode on Side A with Hemanth and Subha Rao here.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    On SU Arunkumar's Chithha, POCSO Act, Safety & More

    On SU Arunkumar's Chithha, POCSO Act, Safety & More

    Hello. In the latest episode we visit one of the best films of 2023, SU Arunkumar's Chithha starring Siddharth, Sahasra Shree, Aafiya Tasneem, Nimisha Sajayan, Anjali Nair and others.

    Some trigger warnings might apply and this is a spoiler filled discussion as the film deals with child sexual abuse. We have two special guests joining Aditya in this episode.


    S. Poorvaja is a journalist with The Hindu and has extensively covered and reported stories related to Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act. Some are linked below.

    Sannuthi Suresh works with Tulir Centre for the Prevention and Healing Child Sexual Abuse and is a psychotherapist. We talk about how the film portrays a sensitive issue, how much it gets right about the functioning of law, police investigations, the healing process, the POCSO case proceedings and more.


    Participants:

    Aditya

    Poorvaja

    Sannuthi Suresh


    Some POCSO stories reported by Poorvaja

    POCSO: a case study

    After recent case of sexual misconduct, spotlight on need for child protection policy in schools

    A spate of sexual misconduct charges is rocking Chennai’s schools


    Subha Rao's interview of Siddharth and SU Arunkumar



    Baradwaj Rangan's interview of SU Arunkumar

    • 1 hr 3 min

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