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After 102 episodes on South Indian cinema, The Other Banana Podcast has finally chanced upon a film by Mani Ratnam. In this episode we discuss Mani Ratnam’s polarizing Iruvar – his take on the friendship between the real life figures of MG Ramachandran and M Karunanidhi, two stalwarts of that heady concoction – cinema and politics. We discuss both the aspects of the film – the form and aesthetics, and Mani’s depiction of the Dravidian politics and the various characters in its inception and implementation.
To talk about Iruvar, we are joined by a special guest – writer, researcher, author Suchitra Vijayan who runs the independent research and journalism organization The Polis Project. Her new book Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India came out this year.
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