M Venkat Raghav

I have always been fascinated with the line coined by Aristotle, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’ While it seems pretty simple, it is tough to see it being executed. When we put it to work where teams are involved, this is nigh impossible.  In a team structure, one needs to…

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23rd December 2004 Getting out for a duck in your debut game is a disappointment. Getting run-out for a duck isn’t something a debutant visualises the night before his debut. If it was any consolation, his hero, Sachin Tendulkar, scored a duck on his debut. So did Saleem Malik.  ****** 5th April 2005 After scoring…

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Sukumar schmaltzes through his movies. The highbrowed themes in his movies don’t appeal to many. While his fans consider his movies akin to Jesus walking on water, detractors think otherwise.  The above lines might not make sense to many people because they are like Sukumar’s films: they need to be explained to make sense to…

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Back in the day, around the release of Khushi, when functions were being organised for the movie, the producer AM Rathnam, talking in one of those functions had compared Pawan Kalyan to Rajinikanth: actors with their fingers on the pulse of the audience. In hindsight, it can seem to be a foolish statement or a…

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Closing out 2017’s movie viewing with Okka Kshanam was a family outing as one of my wife’s cousins featured in a blink-and-you-will-miss-it appearance in three frames of the movie. Packaged as a thriller, it managed to whip up some frenzy before its release mainly because of the previous release of the director, VI Anand –…

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In the run-up to the release MCA (Middle class Abbayi), a lot of electronic media outlets trained their guns on Nani and said he was playing monotonous roles. Ironically, the men we parade as our superstars in the present day are the flag-bearers for those roles. Let’s rewind our minds back to the 80’s when…

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July has seen two Hindi movie releases based in London –  Guest in London and now, Mubarakan – and both of them try to stick to stereotypes made prevalent by the Film Industry over the years: Punjabis, rags-to-riches-story, flashy children are just a few of them. Producers generally invest a lot when movies are shot…

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Sekhar Kammula burst into public prominence with Anand (his second movie) in 2004. It was a well-made movie with a prominent role for the female protagonist. That was the debut movie for Kamalinee Mukherjee in Telugu and Telugu Film Industry didn’t exactly remember the last time they saw a debutante perform with such aplomb. Say…

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