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Kaala: Construct of Ambedkarite leadership by Pa Ranjith

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  Mahipal Mahamatta If we look at the history of more than 100 years of Indian cinema, we will find that Caste has been blatantly sidelined from it. Kancha Ilaiah had staid that mainstream history of India, is a history of the upper castes and there is no space for Dalits and Bahujans in it. …

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Kabali: A Story of the History of Caste Globalisation and Caste Struggle

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  Vidyanand Thombare Rajinikanth’s recent film Kabali has received a great response. Certainly brand Rajani can’t be factored out for this grand reception like most of his erstwhile releases. Does Kabali’s success attribute only to Thalaiva or are there other things too which had connections with this success? Of course Rajinikanth himself carries a Hugovion …

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JNUSU Elections: The myth of Left Unity and the upsurge of the Oppressed

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  C Ahamed Fayiz “It is your claim to equality which hurts them. They want to maintain the status quo. If you maintain your lowly status ungrudgingly, continue to remain dirty, filthy, backward, ignorant, poor and disunited, they will allow you to live in peace. The moment you start raising your level, the conflict starts”. …

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Kabali and Brahman Naman: A Study in Contrast

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  Pranav Kuttaiah Two films recently released that couldn’t seem more far apart. They are set in different contexts, directed by vastly different directors, produced and distributed for entirely different audiences, and star actors from completely divergent walks of life and scales of stardom. But the fact remains that they were produced from the same …

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Kabali: From caste to consciousness

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B. Prabakaran Last month, before Kabali was released, some Dalits in Tamil Nadu posted a merged picture on Facebook, which had Dr. Ambedkar, in his usual pride and impressive posture, on the one side and actor Rajnikanth on the other side. I responded to them, “Do not compare Rajinikanth with Ambedkar”. They replied “Rajini seems …

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The Earnestness of Kabali

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  Rajesh Rajamani Kabali is a very good movie. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!) The movie effectively borrows several Rajinikant tropes and uses them meaningfully within the script. For example, Rajinikant’s movies almost always begin with an opening song. Where he introduces himself to the audience. No one knows why this is done. It’s quite a bizarre …