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The Other Banana

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A generation of impostors brought up on cinema. The Other Banana podcast is primarily Deepauk M(@complicateur), Aditya(@gradwolf), Anantha(@anantha), Ashoka(@ABVan) and Max(@maxdavinci).We discuss films – mostly Indian – and analyse them in turn, roughly on a bi-weekly basis.

75 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Anna Ben Interview

June 29th, 2020


Baby Mol, Helen Paul and Jessy. In just the last one year, Anna Ben has emerged as one of the most promising newcomers and a confident performer on …

Ilaiyaraaja : A Musical Movement (2)

June 15th, 2020


We like to call this episode "A Brief History of Music." To understand where both music and its listenership stood at the beginning of he 20th century we trace the origins of music - with a specific focus on European …

Aha Naa Pellanta! (1987)

June 9th, 2020


We look back at the genius of Jandhyala in taming societal issues with comedy. Aha Na Pellanta(1987) is one such gem that stands the test of time and tackles dowry. In this episode, @maxdavinci is joined by Yamini an …

Ilaiyaraaja: A Musical Movement (1)

June 1st, 2020


Happy Birthday Raaja!

Today we kickstart a new series on Raaja through which we attempt to construct a framework to approach, understand, and …


May 26th, 2020


How about some nostalgia for 90s kids? @complicateur, @gradwolf and @ABVan come together to talk about the superhit cult favorite of all Tamil cinema …

Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo

May 19th, 2020


In episode 63 of The Other Banana, after a long time, we move to the Telugu film industry. Chinizyaada and Amrita joined Max to talk about Allu …

Episode 62: Director Madhumita on Majid Majidi's Children of Heaven

May 12th, 2020


In this episode, Madhumita, who recently directed the wonderful KD (a) Karuppudurai joins us for a chat. We had asked her what's that one film she'd …

Episode 61: Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Driving License & Ishq

May 1st, 2020


We are trying something new with this episode. The Other Banana team is joined by Deepti to talk about not one, not two but three recent Malayalam films that may seem different at a surface level but have a common theme …

Episode 60: Gantumoote

April 15th, 2020


In our sixtieth episode, we take a break from Tamil post the Vetri Maaran series and switch language to Kannada to focus on one of 2019's best Indian films - Roopa Rao's Gantumoote starring Teju Belawadi and Nischit …

Episode 59 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Asuran

March 31st, 2020


In our final episode in the Vetri Maaran series, we are joined by lawyer and fellow film fan @subjudiced ( to discuss how Vetri Maaran weaves the personal stories of Poomani's Vekkai into …

Episode 58 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Vada Chennai

March 17th, 2020


Continuing with our Director focus on Vetri Maaran, we talk about his 2018 film Vada Chennai. Not only mythical in its approach but also somewhat mythical in its inception, making, release etc considering the talk about …

Episode 57 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Visaranai (Interrogation)

March 2nd, 2020


We're joined by @equanimus as we discuss Vetri Maaran's third film Visaranai (Interrogation). Based on the novel Lock Up by Chandrakumar, this was Vetri's first foray into adapting previously written material for the …

Episode 56 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Aadukalam

February 17th, 2020



Continuing with our Director Series, we talk about Vetri Maaran's sophomore film, Aadukalam, an auteurial effort that was a sign of things to come.

For this episode, we are joined by independent journalist, …

Episode 55 (Director Series): Vetri Maaran's Polladhavan

January 21st, 2020


At The Other Banana, we are changing track a bit. Instead of arbitrarily choosing a film, we have chosen a director and will be focusing on all (or the best ones) their films, dedicating an episode to each of their …

Episode 54: Kirumi

January 6th, 2020


Hello and Happy New Year from the team of The Other Banana Podcast! It's not got off on a happy note, mind you, what with the anti-CAA/NRC/NRP protests and the general discontent across the country. Much needed action, …

Episode 53: Ajith and Vijay. Thala Thalapathy.

December 5th, 2019


Following <a href="">Kaithi</a>, our previous episode, we thought of getting deep into the masala genre. And for …

Episode 52: Kaithi

December 3rd, 2019


Lokesh Kanagaraj's sophomore effort is an interesting triumph of combining riveting set pieces to inject some much needed life into the Tamil masala genre.

Almost universally liked, in this episode, we talk about …

Episode 51: Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya

November 21st, 2019


Swaroop RSJ and Naveen Polishetty get together to make a truly rollicking detective/suspense caper that is equal parts film noir and comedy, a mix …

Episode 50: Kavaludaari with Hemanth Rao

October 31st, 2019


We hit a half century! In The Other Banana's 50th episode, Anantha and Aditya talk to Hemanth Rao, director of Kavaludaari, the 2019 Kannada film.

Kavaludaari is one of the latest entrants in Indian cinema's film noir. …

The Other Banana Deepavali Episode

October 25th, 2019



Every year, the Deepavali day is unambiguously related to Tamil cinema. So, the members of The Other Banana got together to discuss their Deepavali movie experiences ranging from early 90s to this day. We also …

Episode 49: Antha Naal

September 30th, 2019


Two of us take a walk down memory lane with author, filmmaker, and film studies professor Dr. Swarnavel Easwaran to discuss AVM Productions' cult hit …

Episode 48: Unda

September 24th, 2019


This episode is more or less an ode to one of the finest films to come out the Malayalam industry this year (an industry that sets the standard high enough that this adjective is pretty high praise). Unda, Khalid …

Episode 47: Aandavan Kattalai

September 10th, 2019


The gang gets together to talk about the Manikandan favorite, Aandavan Kattalai. A lovely film that helps you see the lighter side of the completely heavy social issues it explores.

Listen to our episode where we talk …

Episode 46: Virus

September 2nd, 2019


The gang got together to discuss another instant classic from the Malayalam film world this year - Virus. Huge ensemble cast, complicated issue, and …

Episode 45: Meyaadha Maan

August 5th, 2019


 In the final episode of our romantic comedy series, the gang gets together to discuss the representations of class and caste divides in the Thamizh film Meyaatha Maan.

We are joined by journalist, and author @krupage …

Episode 44: Om Shanthi Oshaana

July 29th, 2019


 Next in our series of romantic comedies (though not according to @maxdavinci) is the malayalam film - Om Shanthi Oshana. We're joined by long time blogger and cine enthusiast @equanimus to discuss how this atypical …

Episode 43: Sammohanam

July 24th, 2019


 On pod 2 of our Romantic Comedy series the crew invites guest Ideallaedi to discuss Mohan Krishna Indraganti's Sammohanam. We talk about how the …

Episode 42: Katheyondu Shuruvagithe

July 5th, 2019


 As part of our #GRCA series on romantic comedies the gang discussed the decidedly middling Kannada film Katheyondu Shuruvagithe. Listen, and …

Episode 41: Velaiilla Pattadhari

June 20th, 2019


The cabal is still a cabal but we are rebranding! We are now The Other Banana. Most of your feeds should be updated already but if you can't find it, …

Episode 40: To Let / Veedu

May 27th, 2019


The cabal attempts something different with a combo pod on Veedu and To Let. The films serve as a lens to discuss our own experiences with real estate, the era we grew up through and the one we now live in.

It's hard …

Episode 39: Chithram

May 14th, 2019



The gang takes a little trip to the 80's Malayalam nostalgia by revisiting Chithram. We're joined on this pod by writer editor extraordinaire @supriyan to cover a seminal moment in the history of Malayalam cinema, …

Episode 38: C/O Kancharapalem - Part 2

May 1st, 2019



Close on the heels of a win at the Critics Choice Film Award we're joined by Maha Venkatesh, the writer director of the film to discuss some of the behind the scenes aspects that went into the making of the film.

Big …

Episode 37: C/O Kancharapalem - Part 1

April 30th, 2019


 In part 1 of the discussion of the film, the gain delves into the key aspects that made the film Telugu cinema's cult hit of 2018. They try to get …

Episode 36: Super Deluxe

April 11th, 2019


 The cabal finally decided to sit down and wrestle with Super Deluxe this past weekend. We were ably aided in this quest by @NadikaNadja as we dove inextricable deeper and deeper into the universe created by Thiagarajan …

Episode 35: Mayanadhi

April 7th, 2019


 In this episode @complicateur and @gradwolf are joined by Ashwathy G to discuss Aashiq Abu and Syam Pushkaran's heart wrenching film - Mayanadhi. 

Episode 34: Rangasthalam

March 18th, 2019


 In this episode, we take a look at one of the biggest hits in Telugu cinema for 2018. DIrector Sukumar's Rangasthalam starring RamCharan & …

Episode 33: Missiamma

February 25th, 2019


The Cabal does a bilingual film in its true spirit - with a bilingual guest. We are joined by LTP aka @localteaparty to talk about the L.V Prasad …

Episode 32: 96

February 11th, 2019


 The cabal had the wonderful opportunity to converse about the film with @chinmayi the voice of @trishtrashers for our Valentine's special on 96. …

Episode 31: Aan Paavam

January 28th, 2019



In a fit of nostalgia, the Cabal revisits the 1985 Thamizh film classic, Aan Paavam. It also gives one of our members the opportunity to wax eloquent on the phenomenon that is Ilaiyaraja. Big thanks as always to

Episode 30: Petta

January 22nd, 2019


 We couldn't get everyone together when Kaala released and published a blogpost instead. With Petta releasing, we wanted to ensure we did not repeat …

Episode 29: Tumbbad

January 21st, 2019


 For our first venture into Hindi cinema, the cabal discusses the 2018 horror film Tumbbad. While most horror films tend to be morality tales, …

2018 India Australia Test Series Recap

January 15th, 2019



The Cabal, still recovering from the joy of India's test series victory, finally convenes to talk about our thoughts on India's historic test win. …

Episode 28: Pariyerum Perumal

December 25th, 2018


In this episode we talk about one of 2018's best Indian films, Mari Selvaraj's Pariyerum Perumal. And to discuss this tale of a youth's struggle with the power dynamics fueled by caste hegemony we are joined by guest …

India Australia Test Series Preview

December 3rd, 2018


The cabal gets together with special guest @sidvee to discuss the upcoming India Australia test series and as you can expect it's full of hot takes. …

Episode 27: Aaranya Kaandam

December 3rd, 2018


This week the cabal talks about Thiagarajan Kumararaja's 2011 cult classic Aaranya Kaandam. The film is available on Hotstar (though mangled beyond …

Episode 26: Virumandi - Part 2

November 13th, 2018


The cabal continues its animated discussion on Virumandi in this pod. We cover the cast characters, specifically the women, the music, and the film's penchant for drawing from the real world in this session.

We're joined …

Episode 25: Virumandi - Part 1

November 1st, 2018


For the 25th episode the Cabal (and our twitter followers) selected a Kamal Hassan fan favorite to revisit. We got so carried away with our …

Episode 24: Maryada Ramanna

November 1st, 2018


In this episode, we talk about SS Rajamouli's 2010 action-comedy "Maryada Ramanna". The Cabal talks about everything that felt right in the movie and …

Episode 23: Sudani from Nigeria

November 1st, 2018


In this episode, we discuss one of 2018's best Malayalam films thus far - Sudani from Nigeria. This is ostensibly a 'light' film, but we found that it sneakily packs weighty topics within the fluff. And everyone in the …

Cricket: 2018 India tour of England Post Series

November 1st, 2018


In the wake of a 4-1 drubbing of the "best touring Indian team in the recent past" , the cabal has been in a bit of a funk so apologies for the …

Cricket: 2018 India tour of England Mid Series

November 1st, 2018


With a resounding win in the third test India are poised to make a comeback in the test series. The Cabal sat down to revisit their predictions, review the first 3 tests, ponder Kohli's otherworldly batting, and …

Episode 22: Vishwaroopam

November 1st, 2018


In the wake of Vishwaroopam-2 the gang decided to revisit @ikamalhaasan 's Vishwaroopam-1.... with mixed results. The gangs all here and it was still …

Episode 21: Angamaly Diaries

November 1st, 2018


Lijo Jose Pellissery's Angamaly Diaries, was a much feted movie from 2017 that every member of the cabal loved. So it is no surprise that episode 21 …

Cricket: Previewing India's tour of England 2018

November 1st, 2018


The Cabal's first foray into test cricket naturally resulted in our longest pod yet. Will Adil Rashid play? Will Pujara's and Ishant's county stints …

Episode 20: Attakathi

November 1st, 2018


This week the cabal talks about Attakathi and the Pa.Ranjith universe more broadly. We're joined by special guest @jestme and the group had a lot of …

Wimbledon 2018: Preview

November 1st, 2018


Welcome to the first episode of Lewd Cabal Sports. With the 10 year anniversary of the iconic 2008 Wimbledon Fedal final upon us, we wanted to preview both the Men's and Women's draw for what we think will be a very …

Episode 19: Fida

November 1st, 2018


The Cabal talks about Fidaa, nay Sai Pallavi, with guest @Chinizyaada. Shekhar Kammula is good where he is comfortable and out of sorts in most other …

Episode 18: U Turn

November 1st, 2018


Things take a horrific turn... Ok fine, we're just being dramatic. The Cabal each came into the discussion thinking Pawan Kumar's third outing was a well executed film, but I think we were all genuinely surprised at …

Episode 17: Velaikkaaran

November 1st, 2018


In a return to the true mainstream, we talk about the December 2017 Mohan Raja - Sivakarthikeyan - Fahadh starrer Velaikkaaran. We had a rather wide, ranging discussion about the movie as well as the meta movie within …

Episode 16: Interview with K - Annayum Rasoolum - Part 2

November 1st, 2018


In this episode we talk to the music director of Annayum Rasoolum, his use of session musicians, the VGP recording theater in Chennai, #self , and …

Episode 15: Annayum Rasoolum (Part 1)

November 1st, 2018


The cabal (well at least 2 of the cabal) is/are taken in by the atmosphere, sound, and aesthetic of Rajeev Ravi's directorial debut. We loved it so much we decided to do this as 2 parts, with a surprise addition coming …

Episode 14: Kshana Kshanam

November 1st, 2018


A look back at one of the many iconic films Sridevi made. Much like RGV's film, this pod is an ode to Sridevi the star.

Episode 13: Muramba

November 1st, 2018


Pickled sweet discussion on a lovely Marathi film. While being comfortably close to home the cabal also discusses the need to point out why such films represent a specific type of life.

Episode 12: Thegidi

November 1st, 2018


The Cabal dissects a procedural and debates privacy, potential for scams and the state of personal data in India through the lens of the 2014 Tamil thriller Thegidi.

Episode 11: Ondu Motteya Kathe

November 1st, 2018


Still in the post-Valentine hangover the cabal decides to go over the 2017 Kannada rom-com Ondu Motteya Kathe. We dive into the disparities of self-valuation vs. 3rd party valuation and the range responses the arranged …

Episode 10: Arjun Reddy

November 1st, 2018


The Cabal addresses two primary criticisms leveled at podcasts - just a bunch of guys letting their friends speak for too long - by inviting some …

Episode 9: Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum

November 1st, 2018


The Lewd Cabal discuss Dileesh Pothen and Shyam Pushkaran's 2017 stunner Thondimuthalum Dhriksaakshiyum. We arrive at some reasons why these 'slices of life' are hard to execute and potentially hide away interpretations …

Episode 8: Anukokunda Oka Roju

November 1st, 2018


This week, the cabal tackles a film we had some trouble classifying; in the end we decided Anukokunda Oka Roju is either a "suspenseful comedy" or …

Episode 7: Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer

November 1st, 2018


The cabal watched  Aadhalaal Kaadhal Seiveer and came out with different opinions.

Director Suseenthiran has taken a done-to-death college romance and …

Episode 6: Usthad Hotel

November 1st, 2018


The Cabal goes a little more mainstream this week exploring the 2012 Malayalam hit Usthad Hotel. Bit of a guilty pleasure, this film brought some …

Episode 5: Thithi

October 31st, 2018


This week the cabal discussed four generations and a funeral through the Kannada indie movie Thithi.

We cover everything from why brokers hide behind xerox shops to funeral dancers while marveling at the ease with which …

Episode 4: Maya Bazaar (Part 2)

October 31st, 2018


We’re back with Part 2 of our conversation on MayaBazaar . The Cabal veers off into broader discussions on the Mahabharatha epic and why we should …

Episode 3: MayaBaazar (Part 1)

October 31st, 2018


This week’s exploration on the Lewd Cabal podcast, leads the crew members to the magical and mythical land of Mayabazar. You can catch Mayabazar(in Tamil, Telugu or Kannada) on Youtube.

Episode 2: Nila

October 31st, 2018


The cabal turn nocturnally romantic and commit sacrilege by comparing this episode’s film Nila to Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Watch the movie on Netflix before getting started.

Episode 1: Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu

October 31st, 2018


The Lewd Cabal(Pauk, Wolf, Max, Anantha, Van) ruminate, pontificate, articulate, pacificulate and antarticulate their thoughts on the laid back …

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