A new dawn: Roundtable conversation with five debutant directors

“We have to understand that the roots of these problems are firmly within our education system, which is designed to create corporate slaves. The trailer of a star’s next film has accummulated views by the million, and we really have to begin asking what we get out of such films. How can we change our taste, our appreciation of cinema? How can we stop making deities out of actors?”

Maari 2: Sai Pallavi and some spirited dialogues struggle to keep this sequel afloat

“My most favourite Dhanush moment in this film is when he swishes his finger, and just as he’s about to say, “Senjuruven”, checks himself and says something else instead — something more endearing that takes into account the changed man that he is.”

AR Rahman and Rajiv Menon – A rewarding partnership

“Remember that this isn’t just a fanciful video where the crew went abroad because they could. The narrative here is well in keeping with the nature of Aishwarya Rai’s character in the film, who seems cursed with incurable restlessness and a youthful thirst for adventure.”

A slave of art: The Vijay Sethupathi interview

“If I fail, I become a bad, frightening example for this road. They will point at this route and say, “That’s where Vijay Sethupathi died.” For this reason, I must not fail. My success is important.”