What Mani Ratnam’s Films Meant to Me and the Women of the Sri Lankan Civil War
Underneath the shiny veneer of Bollywood, there’s something affirming about seeing people caught in the maelstrom of politics and war making choices—to flee or stay or fight.
deus ex machina.
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