Interview: Manoj Bajpayee

June 29, 2022

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The Galatta Plus conclave, Session 2: ‘The changing landscape of Indian cinema’

June 29, 2022

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Readers Write In #470: The OX- 20 years gone, but not forgotten

June 26, 2022

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By Jayram Satluri To remember the late John Entwistle, best known as the bass player of the Who on his 20th death anniversary (June 27 th ), I share this brief tribute to him. In one of his songs, he wrote “Everybody calls the quiet one. You can see, but you can’t hear me.” He […]

Lights, Camera, Analysis: Prashanth Neel (KGF 1 & 2)

June 21, 2022

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Readers Write In #469: Random Ramblings of a Mediocre Mind

June 20, 2022

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By Severus Snape I am 18, a college fresher, and I like to be cool. I like to have people praise me; I want to stand out from the crowd. I want to participate in several clubs; it sounds cool to say, “Oh, I made a clock using Arduino and designed an app to display […]

Gagan Dhuan Dhuan

June 20, 2022

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One of the characteristics of Impressionism is that the further you are the “clearer” the art form gets. This composition is a beautiful instance of the style. The asymmetry of the tune and the orchestral bits keep us at a distance — and we are not able to “put together he whole” at once. But […]

Posted in: Music: Non-Film

Readers Write In #468: Song of the Road – Novel and Film

June 16, 2022

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By Deepika Santhanakrishnan Bends in the Road is what the translators of Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay’s novel ‘Pather Panchali’ (1929) found it apt to name. They attributed the suggestion to the horizontal bends of a w(o)andering life’s journey. Well, I attribute it to the vertical bends in life as well. The former in the case of the […]

Interview: Sai Pallavi and Rana Daggubati (Virata Parvam)

June 15, 2022

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Interview: RJ Balaji (Veetla Vishesham)

June 15, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Jis Joy’s ‘Innale Vare’ is a pretty engaging thriller with Asif Ali and Nimisha Sajayan in top form

June 10, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Building up a thriller is half the struggle. The “how will they end it” question is the other half. Both are satisfactory. Is Innale Vare a cautionary tale about technology? Or is it a cautionary tale about human behaviour? The first thing we see in Jis Joy’s film is a piece of technology: […]

Readers Write In #467: The need for superheroes in a modern society

June 10, 2022

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By Prakash Alagarsamy I recently watched the movie “Vikram”. The movie was good. Definitely could have been better. I loved talking about it with my family members about it. Don’t know the last time a mass movie did that. So definitely a win in that aspect. But u digress. This post is about something that […]

Rakshit Shetty and the labrador are terrific in Kiranraj K’s ‘777 Charlie’, but the film’s ambition is not matched by the execution

June 10, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… Each episode should lead organically to the next one, but we get the feel of standalone scenes, some of which could be cut with no harm to this overlong movie. The premise of Kiranraj K’s 777 Charlie is summed up in the first lines we hear: If you are lucky, a dog will […]

Posted in: Cinema: Kannada

Readers Write In #466: The Thrill of Top Gun and Tom “Maverick” Cruise

June 10, 2022

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By Aman Basha A slightly spoilery and wholly praise filled ream of prose on the summer Hollywood movie of the year The double tragic whammy of 2020 and 2021 were supposed to alter the world in ways unrecognizable to anything we had seen before. Interviews involving studio heads, trade analysts and other people in the […]

Lights, Camera, Analysis: Lokesh Kanagaraj (Vikram)

June 10, 2022

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10 Questions: Rakshit Shetty (777 Charlie)

June 8, 2022

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Event in Chennai

June 8, 2022

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Medai @medai_thestage wanted to do an event with me. The result is a live version of AskBR, where we can hopefully chat a lot about cinema. Tickets at BookMyShow.https://t.co/kqxxWpsLwm — Baradwaj Rangan (@baradwajrangan) June 7, 2022

Posted in: #AskBR / #QnA, Personal

10 Questions: Nani / Nazriya Nazim (Ante Sundaraniki)

June 6, 2022

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Chandraprakash Dwivedi and Akshay Kumar serve us a tedious and overly talky historical epic

June 4, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… What we want is an action-packed epic. What we get is a series of monologues and dialogues, occasionally interrupted by action.  Chandraprakash Dwivedi is best known for his 1991/92 series Chanakya, which was telecast on Doordarshan. It was a talky affair, but then, that was the entire point of the narrative. Chanakya was […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

Lokesh Kanagaraj and Kamal Haasan make history by giving Tamil cinema its first real genre-specific “action movie”

June 3, 2022

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Spoilers ahead… You get all the emotion you need from Kamal’s eyes or from Fahadh Faasil’s sly body language. Fahadh manages the considerable feat of almost stealing a Kamal movie. If Martin Scorsese and Timothy Dalton’s James Bond had a baby, it would be something like Vikram. This is a drug-filled gangster movie, filled wall-to-wall […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

10 Questions: Lokesh Kanagaraj

June 2, 2022

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview