Interview: Murali Gopy

March 21, 2019

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On World Poetry Day, remembering the friendship between Pablo Neruda and a postman

March 21, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/on-world-poetry-day-remembering-the-friendship-between-pablo-neruda-and-a-postman-6301721.html Ardiente paciencia (Burning Patience), by the Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, was published in 1985. The story, set in Chile, imagined a fictional friendship between Pablo Neruda and a shy postman named Mario. The #poetryRocks conceit was as Romantic as it gets. The entire village (fisherfolk, mostly) is […]

Interview: Samantha

March 19, 2019

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#AskBR – Is the age of the superstar director over?

March 19, 2019

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‘Ispade Rajavum’… ‘July Kaatril’… and the modern-day Tamil-film romance

March 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ispade-rajavum-idhaya-raniyum-july-kaatril-baradwaj-rangan-southern-lights/ Two movies go beyond the clichés in our love stories, but only one of them has real heart. Which was the first ‘can’t live with you, can’t live without you’ romance in Tamil cinema, the kind whose path was strewn as much with razors as roses? […]

She Says She Says: Lady Superstar Nayanthara

March 18, 2019

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Readers Write In #70: Why is everyone so impressed with Made in Heaven

March 18, 2019

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Spoilers… Made in Heaven has somehow become the toast of the season. Almost everyone I know who watches Amazon Prime, has been raving about it; and a quick glance at the critics’ reviews across the gazillion media outlets across India, indicates that they too have been impressed. I scratch my head, and not because I […]

“Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum”… A misconceived romance that tries to be so hip and cool, it’s painful

March 15, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ispade-rajavum-idhaya-raniyum-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-harish-kalyan/ TThe Arjun Reddy prototype roars into Tamil cinema with Ranjit Jeyakodi’s Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum. The first time we see Gautham (Harish Kalyan), he’s on a bike, zooming around… the hairpin bends of life. Or something. He has a big beard and bigger reserves […]

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As Xavier Dolan completes 10 years in cinema, a look at ‘Tom at the Farm’

March 15, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/as-xavier-dolan-completes-10-years-in-cinema-a-look-at-tom-at-the-farm-6259701.html In 2009, I Killed My Mother, a Canadian drama by a first-time filmmaker, premiered in the Director’s Fortnight programme of the Cannes Film Festival. It won three awards. Typically, this wouldn’t be major news — first films win awards all the time. But the director, Xavier Dolan, […]

Interview: Madhan Karky

March 13, 2019

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The ‘super deluxe’ expectations from the ‘Aaranya Kaandam’ filmmaker

March 13, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-the-super-deluxe-expectations-from-the-aaranya-kaandam-filmmaker-baradwaj-rangan-tk/ In which I attempt to get a grip on the huge buzz surrounding the second film from Thiagarajan Kumararaja. It’s only natural that the trailer of a film starring Vijay Sethupathi gets a lot of attention. As I write this, the Sindhubath teaser has just dropped, […]

#AskBR – Sathru, Boomerang

March 13, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Vinoth, Mechanic

March 12, 2019

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“Badla”… A tepid mystery that’s watchable, but with a huge casting problem

March 10, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… In Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla, Amitabh Bachchan (solid as always) stars as one of those high-profile lawyers who has never lost a case. His latest assignment, in this official adaptation of the 2017 Spanish movie Contratiempo, involves Naina Sethi (Taapsee Pannu), a married woman who admits to adultery but says she’s innocent of murdering […]

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“Sathru”… A solid, focused ‘cat and mouse’ thriller that works despite shortcomings

March 8, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Looking at the trailer, Sathru seemed to be the case of yet another young actor trying to give his career a jump start by playing a cop. And indeed, the first time we see Kathir, he’s a bad-boy rock star in khaki attire. He’s hauled up by his superior (Marimuthu, wasted) for not […]

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“Boomerang”… A drama about a face transplant makes you wish for a screenplay transplant instead

March 8, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/boomerang-movie-review-atharvaa-murali-baradwaj-rangan-kannan/ Boomerang opens with Shiva being wheeled into a hospital. He has severe burns. His face is a mass of prosthetic goo. The doctor suggests a face transplant, courtesy a brain-dead patient who looks like Atharvaa. It works. The surgery takes place. The bandages come […]

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“Sonchiriya”… A diligently made ‘daku’-drama whose parts work better than the whole

March 7, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya opens with the image of flies swarming around a rotting snake carcass (seen in an extreme close-up) – and in the far distance, out of focus, we see a group of dacoits walking towards it. The visual weightage seems appropriate when we learn that a dead snake is bad luck. […]

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“Luka Chuppi”… A superb screwball premise results in a merely okayish comedy

March 7, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… W hen I heard about the “live-in” premise of Luka Chuppi, directed by Laxman Utekar, I feared the worst. This is how I thought things would go: Guddu (Kartik Aaryan) and Rashmi (Kriti Sanon) would fall in love, move in together before marriage because, as the trailer puts it, “sab log karte hain”, […]

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For Women’s Day, an obvious “women’s film” versus a not-so-obvious one

March 7, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/international-womens-day-2019-decoding-an-obvious-womens-film-versus-a-not-so-obvious-one-6213591.html The very term “women’s film” is a problematic one, though it has its uses. American film critic Molly Haskell wrote in her classic book From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, “A film that focuses on male relationships is not pejoratively dubbed a […]

#AskBR – 90ml, Thadam, Thirumanam

March 6, 2019

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