Ramakrishnan M
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Ramakrishnan M

Newsroom hack. Penchant for video stories, infographics and data journalism. Passion for on-field reporting remains intact.


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Borderline Crazy

In this primer to a multi-part series, read how England's top lawyer found himself at the centre of one of the bloodiest partitions in history

The Hindu / October 2015 / The Hindu

The five oaths of Jayalalithaa

As Jayalalithaa is all set be become chief minister once again, we look back at her previous swearing-in ceremonies

The Hindu / May 2016 / The Hindu

Spotlight on Tamil Nadu

With the spotlight on Tamil Nadu politics following Jayalalithaa’s unexpected death, considerable interest has risen on the various Chief Ministers in the State. Here are two essential reads

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Ilami: Matador games

The film starts like a well-laid interstate highway, then proceeds to turn into a pothole-filled bypass route only to reach a destination you least expected

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Review: Underworld Blood Wars

There’s plenty of blood in the latest instalment of this tiresome franchise about war between werewolves and vampires but not much more

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Brand of brothers

Hailing from the first family of Tamil film music, cousins Venkat Prabhu and Yuvan Shankar Raja talk about their long-standing collaboration

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Manal Kayiru 2: Undoing the original cult

The gender roles are reversed in part two, with Kittumani’s daughter Nisha (Poorna) demanding that her husband to-be meet eight conditions

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Sing: An energetic musical romp

A bunch of animals participate in the film’s version own version of American Idol

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Lights, camera… 2017!

What are the films Kollywood is excited about this year?

The Hindu / December 2016 / The Hindu

Luck by chance

Anjana Jayaprakash talks about her journey from short films to Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

Combo with a cause

Rathindran Prasad talks about his video collaboration with T. M. Krishna

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

I admire A.R. Rahman, Dhoni: G. V. Prakash

The Proust Questionnaire is a weekly feature that derives its name from French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses to these questions went on to popularise this form of celebrity confession.

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

Past forward

Baradwaj Rangan in conversation with Akshay Manwani and Balaji Vittal about music that ruled Hindi cinema

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

From Russia, with love

India’s longtime association with Russian films went into hibernation in the 1990s. Now there are signs of a revival

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

A script for a cause

Tennis pro-turned-film producer Ashok Amritraj talks about his new role as a United Nations goodwill ambassador

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

Instant love potion

Madhan Karky about how the catchy ‘Azhagiye’ was written and composed for Kaatru Veliyidai

The Hindu / February 2017 / The Hindu

Through the eyes of a lensman

Soundararajan’s character-specific camera movements in Bogan make the difference

The Hindu / February 2017 / The Hindu

Rings: Circle of strife

A sterile effort that’s brought out the worst of the franchise

The Hindu / February 2017 / The Hindu

The jack of all trades

G.V. Prakash Kumar talks to ramakrishnan m about shuttling between slapstick comedies and serious cinema

The Hindu / February 2017 / The Hindu

Silence: Mum’s the word

Martin Scorsese serves up a visual feast that is otherwise hard to digest

The Hindu / February 2017 / The Hindu

Beat of the moment

Hiphop Adhi hopes making music for Kavan will be a turning point in his career

The Hindu / February 2017 / The Hindu

You can give a hit today and fall tomorrow: Shanthanu

Shanthanu is a Tamil film actor who started out as a child artiste in 1998 with his father’s film Vettiya Madichu Kattu. He has also been a playback singer and judge on a reality dance TV show in Kerala.

The Hindu / March 2017 / The Hindu

Logan: A farewell to claws

Logan is the most dark and depressing film from the Marvel universe so far. There’s more blood and gore than all of the prequels combined.

The Hindu / March 2017 / The Hindu

Comeback conundrum

In search of a worthy on-screen return, Shanthnu Bhagyaraj thinks he may have finally reached a turning point

The Hindu / March 2017 / The Hindu

Almost famous

Ashwin Kakumanu doesn’t want to be another brick in the stereotypical wall of mass heroes

The Hindu / March 2017 / The Hindu

Finding Kattappa

Sibiraj takes the experimental route with Kattappava Kaanom, a dark comedy about a missing fish

The Hindu / March 2017 / The Hindu

A new-age Rolodex

Organise contacts, scan and store information directly off business cards and make sure you never forget anyone’s birthday with this app

The Hindu / March 2017 / The Hindu

Not everybody loves Raymond

After tech pioneer Ray Tomlinson's death on March 6, a can of worms regarding who truly was the inventor of email was reopened on Twitter

The Hindu / March 2016 / The Hindu

A veteran’s indie start

Dinesh Selvaraj’s first feature film Naalu Peruku Nalladhuna Edhuvum Thappilla (NPNET), which hit the screens last Friday, is already gaining good word-of-mouth

The Hindu / April 2017 / The Hindu

Case histories

A reporter takes us along as she probes one of the most chilling murder mysteries in recent Indian history

The Hindu / April 2017 / The Hindu

In the Kollywood ring

Mixed martial artiste-turned-actor, Ritika Singh has pitched her tent in the South for the long run

The Hindu / April 2017 / The Hindu

Adivasi with a difference

Catherine Tresa on playing a tribal woman opposite Arya in Kadamban

The Hindu / April 2017 / The Hindu

Acing every field

Dhansika, who entered the film industry as a teen, owes it all to athletics

The Hindu / April 2017 / The Hindu

Casebook of adventure

How a failed surgeon invented Sherlock Holmes (Book review)

The Hindu / May 2017 / The Hindu

Young guns

Three generations of Tamil film directors who began with a bang before they turned 30

The Hindu / January 2017 / The Hindu

Interview with Keerthy Suresh

The actors says that it is the team and screen space that help her pick a film

The Hindu / October 2016 / The Hindu

Saranya Jayakumar remembers Neil O'Brien

Neil O’Brien, the legendary quizmaster and educationist who died in Kolkata on Friday at the age of 82, left an irreplaceable legacy for a whole generation of people who took to the mind sport.

The Hindu / June 2016 / The Hindu

What next for Mohun Bagan?

When Bagan started their campaign in January, they could have barely hoped for such a fairy tale ending

Mint / June 2015 / Mint

Book review: For Love and Honour

Does a racy love triangle set against the backdrop of insurgency sound a bit filmy? It sort of is, by the author’s own admission

The Hindu / October 2015 / The Hindu

Enough with the Future!

For a film that refused to take itself so seriously, the amount of scientific probing 'Back To The Future' got for its 30th anniversary was bordering on petulancy

The Hindu / October 2015 / The Hindu

A shared heritage

There’s ample proof of a link between South Indian and Cambodian temples.

The Hindu / October 2015 / The Hindu

For love and honour

Author Anand Ranganathan talks about his latest book, how fiction might aid in understanding history

The Hindu / September 2015 / The Hindu

'I can't live without music'

An interview with Prince Aswati Thirunal Rama Varma on carnatic/hindustani music and his guru Dr M Balamuralikrishna

Sruti Magazine / February 2013 / Sruti Mag

Majority rules?

An infographic that analyses whether our First-Past-The Post electoral system is a fair game

Hindustan Times / May 2014 / Hindustan Times

Past and present of prime LS seats

A look at some key contestants during Lok Sabha 2014 elections from constituencies where former PMs once contested from

Hindustan Times / May 2014 / Hindustan Times

A share in democracy's pie

How the balance of power shifted in each Indian general election along with the dynamic between vote share and seat strength

Hindustan Times / March 2014 / Hindustan Times

The Maharaja’s last battle

A feature on the last of the Travancore Rajas, Uthradom Thirunal Marthana Varma

Hindustan Times / December 2013 / Hindustan Times

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