In Conversation with Rekhs, the Doyen of Subtitling in South India (Part 2): On Subtitling-the Competition, Recognition, Memorable People/Movies, Kabali and More

In part 1 of our conversation with popular subtitling expert Rekhs we discussed a variety of topics including her journey into films and subtitling, the process involved, subtitling for songs, challenges involved etc. Here is Part 2, the concluding part of the freewheeling chat with Rekhs.

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Pathemari Movie Review: Old Fashioned But Still Relevant

As a kid I grew up listening to tales of people living in the Gulf countries,apparently making a lot of money and keeping their family members and friends happy. It would be tempting to see friends bringing in new toys or goodies whenever their father or uncle came back on a holiday, often making me even wonder why my father never even wanted to make his fortune over there :). But being interested in films even as a child, I remember watching films like Ee Naadu (1982) and Akkare (1984) which presented a slightly different tale of people associated with the Gulf in some way or the other. Nevertheless seeing Malayalam films those days on VHS cassettes from the Gulf while the film was very much in theatres those days was quite a kick in itself, making one feel good all the more about people working there, and feeling a tad envious of people benefiting from them as well :).  It didn’t take me much time to realize that not everyone working in the Gulf countries is a millionaire, nor is everyone a lowly worker, fighting for their basic survival itself.Continue reading “Pathemari Movie Review: Old Fashioned But Still Relevant”

Pathemari: Trailer

Pathemari Poster 2Salim Ahamed,the writer-director of the multiple National Award winning Malayalam film,Adaminte Makan Abu (2011) went on to collaborate with Mammootty in his second film Kunjananthante Kada (2013) which did not receive the same kind of acceptance as his first film. Nevertheless now he is ready with his next film, Pathemari which once again features Mammootty in the lead. Produced by T.K.Hashik and T.P.Sudheesh,both Kannur natives like Salim Ahamed, they probably connected with the plot of the film,having worked in the Gulf themselves. Pathemari talks about the Malayalee exodus to the Gulf countries over the last 50 years or so and apart from Mammootty the film also features Jewel Mary, Sreenivasan, Joy Mathew, Siddique, Shaheen Siddique etc.Continue reading “Pathemari: Trailer”

Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus and Kunjananthante Kada: Mammootty Double Bill that works, to an extent

Kunjananthante Kada-MammoottyHere’s wishing everyone a very Happy and Prosperous Onam.

Mammootty seems to be in a catch-22 situation these days. He is still searching for that elusive big hit and/or a film which will once again make his fans and critics appreciative of his presence and choice of script. Continue reading “Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus and Kunjananthante Kada: Mammootty Double Bill that works, to an extent”

Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (as the River flows) Movie Review: A film with many questions

By now a lot of people must be aware of filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky and his struggle to get his bilingual film- as the River flows (Hindi)/ Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (Assamese) released. Though an NFDC production, for some reason or the other the film was lying in cold storage for quite some time. Towards the end of 2011/early 2012 things started looking up with the news of the Assamese version being in contention for the National Awards. Continue reading “Ekhon Nedekha Nodir Xhipare (as the River flows) Movie Review: A film with many questions”

Anjali (Tamil) : Magic of Innocence

Since time immemorial, children as a section of audience have continued to be largely neglected by the Indian film industry. Though there have been memorable kiddie flicks like Chotta Chetan & Mr India, they have been by far very few in number. Continue reading “Anjali (Tamil) : Magic of Innocence”

as the River flows-Masters and Legends- Part 1


Madhu Ambat

‘Today as u kindle sparklers when u light up lamps, while u eat sweets, take a second to remember unfortunate who made them & dedicate this day to them. Happy Diwali.’…On the Diwali morning, amongst many sms’s this particular message caught my attention. One look at sender’s name reconfirms my suspicions. Yes, the message was send by non other than my cinematographer Mr Madhu Ambat.Continue reading “as the River flows-Masters and Legends- Part 1”