MK Raghavendra | Mar 15
The selfie’s most obvious cultural precursor was the personal or family photograph. An aspect noted about the family photograph was that its visual quality did not matter. What was important was who took it, on what occasion and when; what people felt about the pictures was much more important than what they ‘meant’ individually. It was equally important that the pictures were shown to other people who could use them to picture events they were not present at, thus situating themselves within a social continuum of some sort.
Gautam Kaul | Mar 15
Cinema came to Kashmir around 1932, on demand from the resident British families who would drive up from Sialkot, Multan, and other cantonments, for the summer season. The British also decided to locate a big cantonment in the suburb of Srinagar town to watch over the doings of the Maharaja of Kashmir, whom they never trusted…
…Cinema screenings in the Valley closed down totally by 1992… The charm of social gatherings to see films had disappeared. The more enterprising ones began to hire taxis to travel to Jammu and Udhampur to see their favourite films. Women would occasionally hire a busload of their friends for such outings.
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MK Raghavendra talks about the selfie, which can be regarded as a development of the amateur family photograph brought up to date by new technology.
FRIDAY FILM REVIEWS
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FRIDAY FILM REVIEWS
Rahul Desai et al talk about Total Dhamaal, Luka Chuppi and Sonchiriya, and debate on how slapstick & romantic comedies fare against gritty, rustic dramas.