Talk:Balu Mahendra

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NPOV Notice[edit]

I added an NPOV notice to the article because it contais the following unattributed POVs:

  • Balu Mahendra is one of the greatest directors in India.
  • Only a director of Balu Mahendra's genius and range could come up with a movie as unique as Moondram Pirai as well as Sathi Leelavathi and Julie Ganapathy.
  • Some of his best films include...

If someone can attribute these claims, please do so and remove the NPOV notice. -- uriber 16:11, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)

He is worth these lines[edit]

He is one of the classical directors in south india. You shall not find more about him on Google, but people in south india especially Tamil knows well about his talents. His latest films may be bombed at box-office, but he has given some great films in his early days of his career and they are still conisdered as classics of Indian Cinema. --M.arunprasad 06:46, 9 January 2006 (UTC)

Conflicting nationalities?[edit]

The article says, he was born to Sri Lankan Tamil parents, but it also says he was an "Indian" director, implying he adopted Indian citizenship. --ThaThinThaKiThaTha (talk) 12:49, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

The word "Indian" is pipe-linked to Cinema of India. So there shouldn't be any problem. Vensatry (ping) 18:23, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
It's very misleading though in this case without knowing the backlink. It's better to reword it to "was a Sri Lankan cinematographer, director, screenwriter and film editor, who worked in various Indian film industries, mostly in Tamil cinema."--ThaThinThaKiThaTha (talk) 18:48, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
No, because that would be wrong. Vensatry (ping) 18:53, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
It's wrong, because...? Isn't he Sri Lankan? --ThaThinThaKiThaTha (talk) 18:55, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
Because that gives us an impression that he was associated with Cinema of Sri Lanka. Besides, the next line says "Born into a Sri Lankan Tamil household", so there is no need to repeat his "Sri Lankan origin" twice in the lead that too in successive sentences. Vensatry (ping) 19:05, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
Currently the only impression the wording gives us is he was a naturalized Indian who immigrated earlier from a Sri Lankan Tamil household. This has zo be fixed asap.--ThaThinThaKiThaTha (talk) 19:19, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
I cannot think of an alternative suggestion at the moment. You may suggest alternates, but not like "was a Sri Lankan cinematographer ..." Vensatry (ping) 06:21, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Balu Mahendra/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Dwaipayanc (talk · contribs) 00:51, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Looks pretty ok. I did a few copyedits here and there, please feel free to amend. Several films need year of release, either in parenthesis or within the prose. I added a few, please ensure all have the release year.--Dwaipayan (talk) 00:51, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the review. Done I think Vensatry (ping) 03:09, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • this is funny: " Mahendra had three wives". For a moment, one May think he had three wives at the same time! Needs re-phrasing. Perhaps, married three times would do.
  • the 1983 Malayalam film that explored mahendr's relationship, you may consider adding that Mahendra was not associated with that film's production.
  • "being a film school student, he usually photographs..." First this sentence should be in past tense. Second, it seems as if his involvement in all those aspects is due to him being a film school student. There may or may not be a cause-effect relationship. Not all film school graduates are that much versatile. On the other hand, Satyajit Ray was versatile but not a film school student.
    • Good catch! Agreed and changed Vensatry (ping) 19:03, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • "minimal characters": this is potentially problematic. You mean the number of characters were low? Or the characters were under-built?
    • I'm referring to the number of characters Vensatry (ping) 19:03, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • "majority of his films... strong characters" this sentence has tense problem. Both the verbs should be same tense; in this case, present tense would be better I think.
    • I'm not very sure about what you're pointing out. Can you elaborate a little more on this? Vensatry (ping) 19:03, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • "although influenced by realism... American cinema" : this comparative mode of sentence implies as if American cinema cannot follow realism, which is likely untrue.--Dwaipayan (talk) 05:21, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
    • What I'm trying to say is, though he claims himself to be influenced by neo-realistic cinema, which is prevalent in countries like France and Italy, quite a number of his films were heavily inspired from Hollywood classics. Vensatry (ping) 19:03, 30 July 2014 (UTC)
  • The check external link tool in this GA review page is showing a few 404 not found errors. Please fix those.--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:09, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Two categories of the article are indian male voice actors and aerial photographers. I am not sure if this article actually belongs to these two categories. --Dwaipayan (talk) 16:29, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
    • He provided the voice-over for some characters in few of his films. In Moodupani and Neengal Kettavai he dubbed for the lead actors. As for the aerial photographer, I vaguely recollect S. Theodore Baskaran saying that Balu Mahendra started his career as an aerial photographer while working for the Sri Lankan government in Colombo. Sadly, I'm unable to find sources for both, and henceforth removing them. Vensatry (ping) 11:44, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
  • I did a quick spotcheck, and the few refereces I checked came out fine. The images also have appropriate license and captions.
  • I think this article meets the good article criteria. Passing this.--Dwaipayan (talk) 16:09, 4 August 2014 (UTC)