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Episode 92: Director Series – Balaji Tharaneetharan’s Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom & Seethakaathi

For the first series of episodes we take a look at Balaji Tharaneetharan’s first 2 films (in release order) – the iconic Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom and the polarizing Seethakkaathi. Aditya & Anantha are joined by our recurring guest Equanimus┬áto discuss:
  • Why Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom’s humor was such a draw
  • Where Balaji draws his stylings from and the influence of Balu Mahendra
  • How the troubles with Oru Pakka Kathai may have given rise to Seethakkaathi
  • The reflexive look at the craft of cinema and the economic dynamics of the Tamil film industry in Seethakkaathi through its writing and other formal elements
  • How Vijay Sethupathi has built his “actor for hire” brand through conscious supporting and guest role choices
Oru Pakka Kathai will be discussed in greater detail in part 2 of the series!
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