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“I don’t have much belief in the system”: Actor Vinayakan talks to the Media

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  Rakesh Ram S Vinayakan, a Dalit actor from Kerala, began his career as a dancer and has been an actor for more than 20 years now in Malayalam and other south Indian movies. Initially he played small roles, but the many strong characters that he did in recent times have given him a large …


Caste in cinema and music: the Kerala experience (Part 2)

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  ~ Caste in cinema and music: the Kerala experience ~ A S Ajith Kumar talks to Dalit Camera   Dalit Camera: Through Un-Touchable Eyes This is the second part of an interview with A S Ajith Kumar, writer, musician and filmmaker based in Trivandrum (you can read the first part here). The interview was …


Reclaiming the Cinematic Space: Countering the Liberal Speech on Caste

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  Ajith Kumar A S Suddenly caste seems to take center stage of Malayalam cinema and the public sphere in Kerala. Everyone seems to be against caste as if all the progressives suddenly understand caste now. The CPM’s youth wing DYFI conducts a march to build up a “caste-less, secular” Kerala. The congress organizes “Gandhigram’ …