Dimensionalizing stardom in Tamil and Telugu cinema
An analysis of the personality profiles of top Tamil and Telugu male film stars decodes the idea of stardom in the South film industries, vis-à-vis Bollywood
Pan India films: An optimistic gamble
The number of South Indian films releasing in Hindi has quadrupled since the pandemic. But there seems little method to the mad rush to release 'Pan India' films. A closer look
A South-skewed spectacle
The prominent South skew in the box office of Avatar: The Way Of Water in India is an outcome of the difference in taste, exposure, and evolution of theatre-goers in South and non-South markets
The return of the Angry Young Man
The 1970s archetype of the Angry Young Man is back in a modern avatar, via characters like Rocky, Pushpa, Kabir Singh and Harshad Mehta. What makes this persona tick in today's times?
The original 'Pan India' filmmaker
Five elements in SS Rajamouli films that make them find universal audience, breaking cultural and language barriers
Now Streaming, at an app near you
Theatrical films are one of the more inclusive content types for streamers in India. Which platforms have the strongest film libraries, with recent box office hits?
Reel & real: The Southern mix
In South cinema, the lines between the real life of a star and his role on the screen tend to blur, with references that only those in the know can understand and appreciate
Malayalam cinema: Not the usual South Side Story
An analysis of 200 films across the four South Indian languages illustrates how different Malayalam cinema is from the other three industries
Ala Vaikunthapurramloo: Decoding a blockbuster's success
A look at six factors that were pivotal to the film’s extraordinary box-office run
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