Global Box Office: Sui Dhaaga Suicides, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Churns Change

I decided to try to get back to the clever titles.  It’s my little writerly moment in these otherwise very dull number posts (as always, numbers come from bollywoodhungama)

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (SPOILERS): A Story With No Heroes

This is a really brilliant concept for a film.  An intellectual exercise more than anything.  I encourage you to watch it straight through once without knowing what is coming, but I also suspect it might turn out to be more entertaining when you know what is coming and can watch how it is built.  If you want to maintain the surprise, you can read my No Spoilers review.

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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review (No Spoilers): A Film As Cold As a Glass Mansion

That was a very elaborate process!  Getting to the theater from work, buying the ticket in advance so it wouldn’t be sold out, and on and on.  But, worth it!  Not as good as the best Ratnam film, but far better than the worst (Kadal).

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Hindi Film 101 (Reprint): Rahman-Ratnam and the Importance of the Composer-Director Relationship in Honor of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

This is a post I wrote a year and a half ago for the last Rahman/Ratnam movie, but I thought I should repost it today in honor of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.  It’s important to know why it is so especially exciting when a new Ratnam-Rahman movie comes out, and why that director-composer relationship is so special. (also, usually in this posts I try to use images instead of songs, but because of the topic, this will be an all songs post.  I encourage you to actually watch all the videos too)

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Random non-Hindi One-Off: Enough About The Godfather So We Can Better Appreciate Sarkar, Raajneeti, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and All the Other Remakes

Well, this is awkward.  I have almost no qualifications to write this post.  But on the other hand, I started writing about Sarkar and realized half that post was just a discussion of the film that RGV used as a jumping off point.  And I already dumped paragraphs and paragraphs on it before I could start talking about Raajneeti.  And I can feel the same thing coming with Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.  So, I guess I have to do this.  Write a post just so I have something I can refer back to in all those other posts rather than starting from scratch each time.  Even though I am far from the best person to write about this film.

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