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

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

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

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

    Chatriyan

    Chatriyan

    How about some nostalgia for 90s kids? @complicateur, @gradwolf and @ABVan come together to talk about the 1990 superhit cult favorite of all Tamil cinema fans and importantly, Captain Vijaykanth fans - the Mani Ratnam written, K Subash directed Chatriyan. This neatly cut film with a background score to die for is an important evolutionary cog in the genre of Tamil cop movies. Everything you've seen later began here. Including non-cop films like Rajinikanth's Baasha. How, you ask? Listen on.

    • 46 min
    Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo

    Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo

    In episode 63 of The Other Banana, after a long time, we move to the Telugu film industry. Chinizyaada and Amrita joined Max to talk about Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo directed by Trivikiram and boasting of a humongous star cast with Tabu, Jayaram, Pooja Hegde, Nivetha Pethuraj, Rohini et al. The film was a huge hit and Thaman's music is still ringing in everyone's ears, and thanks to David Warner, in the eyes too. It's streaming on Netflix. Listen on.

    Notes:

    The piece that Chini refers to in the pod is here: https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/srikakulam-dialect-to-the-fore-in-sittharala-sirapadu-from-ala-vaikunthapuramuloo/article30674308.ece

    • 57 min
    Episode 62: Director Madhumita on Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven

    Episode 62: Director Madhumita on Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven

    In this episode, Madhumita, who recently directed the wonderful KD (a) Karuppudurai joins us for a chat. We had asked her what's that one film she'd love to talk about and she chose Majid Majidi's 1997 film Children of Heaven, a film that turned her towards a filmmaking career. Madhumita chats with Aditya about the film and on topics ranging from her film KD, directing and writing children, on Satyajit Ray, Anjali, Asghar Farhadi and more. 

    You can find Aditya's review of KD (a) Karuppudurai here. The film is streaming on Netflix.

    • 51 min
    Episode 61: Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Driving License & Ishq

    Episode 61: Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Driving License & Ishq

    We are trying something new with this episode. The Other Banana team is joined by Deepti to talk about not one, not two but three recent Malayalam films that may seem different at a surface level but have a common theme going - a clash between two men that we can either reduce to a form of ego or delve deep into the complexities that inform this clash. We try to do the latter. We talk about Sachy's Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Lal Jr's Driving License (also written by Sachy) and Anuraj Manohar's Ishq. Listen on.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 60: Gantumoote

    Episode 60: Gantumoote

    In our sixtieth episode, we take a break from Tamil post the Vetri Maaran series and switch language to Kannada to focus on one of 2019's best Indian films - Roopa Rao's Gantumoote starring Teju Belawadi and Nischit Korodi.

    Joining us in this episode is Krupa Ge, Editor-in-Chief of Silverscreen. Later in the episode, we have an interview with Roopa Rao, the director herself, to talk about her film, her fascination with the 90s, the process of writing and filming Gantumoote and the formal choices she made to tell a story.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 59 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Asuran

    Episode 59 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Asuran

    In our final episode in the Vetri Maaran series, we are joined by lawyer and fellow film fan @subjudiced (https://twitter.com/subjudiced) to discuss how Vetri Maaran weaves the personal stories of Poomani's Vekkai into a tapestry of social commentary. The film spurred a discussion on some of the grave injustices that have been meted out to the Dalit communities through the poor allocation/misappropriation of what is guaranteed to them by law.

    • 49 min

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