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Episode 103: Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar

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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.


You can watch the film with subtitles on MUBI. You can try MUBI for a hugely discounted price by signing up on or click here. The film stars Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Nasser et al.


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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Music/BGM Courtesy: Iruvar Soundtrack by AR Rahman/Pyramid
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