Saturday, November 18, 2006

Shashi Tharoor on absence of Malayali chauvinism

After a very long time, I really enjoyed reading the Shashi Tharoor column in The Hindu. Though Tharoor's every other column has something about Kerala in it, this one is very much justified.

The justification of the fact that the absence of Malayali Chauvinism is something very puzzling, is very well written by Sreetilak, Editor-Viva Books. Sreetilak takes some 8 points for this justification. Tharoor very neatly wraps up Sreetilaks writeup.

...."social comedies of Sreenivasan and Satyan Antikkad". I'd add M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Ramu Kariat to that list, not to mention Santhosh Sivan and the younger talents now making their money in Bollywood and beyond. There was a time when Bengal could have vied for this distinction with Kerala, but today it's a no contest.

Talking about Malayalam Movies, I always feel, on any day they stand a level above any damn Hindi/Tamail/Telugu movie. These not so hyped movies are substantially low budget movies compared to those multi-crore Bolly/Kolly/Tolly movies. Neither would they have an official web site..:-)

After watching an average Malayalam movie, I always feel there is some very dirty politics going on in Oscar nominations from India. I can never digest some three hour video called "Rang De Basanti" getting nominated for Oscars... I read that Mohan Lal's Thanmatra was in the race with RDB. On seeing the recent nominations, I always feel that they probably think any damn Hindi movie has to be prefered over a so-called-regional(?) movie.. Totally Atrocious.
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Anonymous said...

Shashi Tharoor is a great malayali. Malayalis have every reason to be chauvinistic but they remain humble, that is their greatness.

Atmo said...

Shashi Tharooor is another victimised Keralite.