The Amateur’s Art #25 – Drycide / Two-fold

October 22, 2017

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See here for what this series is about. These short films are by Suriya Rn, who says: “I write on your blog on and off as Kaaviyathalagani. I’m now a professional editor, but I made several very short pieces (in bursts) at a time I knew nothing of the medium and had little to no […]

Readers Write In #25: A Tropical Sojourn

October 22, 2017

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The following is a note from Anand Raghavan… Hi BR, Poetry is one of the most expressive forms of art. From time immemorial humans have captured all facets of their life across the world in this form. In this book, it is effectively used as a medium to capture the beauty of nature and life […]

Posted in: Books, Readers Write In

Readers Write In #24: Amar Akbar Anthony – Mother India’s children

October 22, 2017

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I don’t like to repeat authors for Readers Write In, but I guess the timeliness was a factor in this piece. Also, have been remiss in posting these (and the Amateur’s Art shorts). Will resume this now. Amar Akbar Anthony (AAA from now on) completes 40 this year. To talk about the greatness of AAA […]

“Chennaiyil Oru Naal – 2.”… A silly thriller that barely remembers why Part 1 worked

October 21, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/chennayil-oru-naal-2 Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 (A Day in Chennai – Part 2), directed by JPR, is an oddly named sequel. The events of Part 1 took place in Chennai. This film unfolds in Coimbatore. But that’s the least of its problems. The story gets going […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

“Meyaadha Maan”… A ‘rooted romcom’ with a few problems, but the filmmaking more than compensates

October 21, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/meyaadha-maan How does love happen? This process — part-chemical, part-emotional — is easier to write about in a novel (“he felt this”, “she felt that”) than show in the movies, especially if you don’t want to resort to spoon-feeding dialogue. It becomes trickier — as […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

“Dayavittu Gamanisi”… An intermittently affecting anthology about the journey that is life

October 21, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/dayavittu-gamanisi-movie-review Rohit Padaki’s Dayavittu Gamanisi (Your Attention Please) opens with a train pulling into a station, and the last scene shows a train leaving the station. The film is an anthology of four shorts, whose chapter titles (Whirlpool, Existence, Illusion, Decision) hint at something bigger, […]

Posted in: Cinema: Kannada

“Mersal”… Vijay lords over a movie that’s better than “Bairavaa”, but is that enough?

October 18, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/mersal-movie-review With Mersal (Astonishment), director Atlee continues with his mission to simultaneously giganticise and deflavourise beloved older films. If Raja Rani was an overblown Mouna Raagam and Theri was a watered-down Chatriyan, Mersal is Aboorva Sagotharargal remade as a “mass” movie. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t Aboorva Sagotharargal itself a “mass” movie? Not quite. It […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

25 years of Thevar Magan

October 17, 2017

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Here’s a video essay I did on Thevar Magan, which was released 25 Deepavalis ago. (Gulp! How time flies!) Coming on Thursday. My chat with Santosh Sivan. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Interview: Nithilan Swaminathan / Lokesh Kanagaraj, directors of Kurangu Bommai / Maanagaram

October 15, 2017

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This is a chat with two young directors who have really strong views on the films they want to make and how stars can help. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (BehindWoods)

October 11, 2017

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Another interview, with Maathevan of Behindwoods. Copyright ©2017 BehindWoods.

Posted in: Cinema, Interview, Personal

“The Silence”… A quieter addition to this year’s roster of dramas around rape

October 9, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Manda (Kadambari Kadam) is one of the many extras on the fringes of filmdom, as replaceable as the next one, but one thing sets her apart: she won’t sleep with the agent to get ahead. He insists. She protests. She says she’s here to be an actress, not a whore. Given how the […]

Posted in: Cinema: Marathi

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (FullyFilmy)

October 6, 2017

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It was fun being interviewed by Abishek at Fully Filmy. Here it is:   Copyright ©2017 Fully Filmy.

Posted in: Cinema, Interview, Personal

“Solo”… A quartet of stories that has its moments, but not enough to conceal its flaws

October 5, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/solo-movie-review Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo is an anthology of four shorts, anchored by Dulquer Salmaan in four flavours (had the actor been a newcomer, this would have been a heck of a showreel). There are other commonalities. Each segment spans four years. Each one features Dulquer […]

“Ramaleela”… An okayish, inadvertently meta political thriller that blurs the line between reel and real

October 3, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/ramaleela-movie-review Arun Gopy’s Ramaleela (Rama’s Play) was conceived and completed before its leading man, Dileep, was arrested for plotting the kidnap and assault of an actress — so what we see on screen is not intentionally meta. But meta it certainly is. How can you […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Readers Write In #23: MANK’s love affair with the movies

October 2, 2017

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For as long as i can remember, I have been in love with movies. My movie tastes may have evolved over a period of time , but I can’t remember  a period in my life when i wasn’t fascinated by them.  It has been one constant in my ever changing life . I don’t exactly […]

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“Judwaa 2.”… A bloated, unfunny remake, barely kept afloat by its star

September 30, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… The dilemma with reviewing David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 is this: When so little effort has been expended on the film, how much should one expend on the review? Oh, there’s a lot of logistical effort, all right — all the work it takes to make a Bollywood film big and bright and splashy. […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

“Karuppan”… A collection of cliches that the leading man does his best to salvage

September 29, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/karuppan-movie-review There’s one interesting quirk in R Panneerselvam’s Karuppan: the songs that are referenced throughout. At a time most films are content to make the mandatory nod to Vijay and Ajith (and we do get that here, with bits of Aaluma doluma and Chella kutti), […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

“Hara Hara Mahadevaki”… A dreadful “adult comedy” that’s neither all that adult nor much of a comedy

September 29, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/hara-hara-mahadevaki-movie-review Hara Hara Mahadevaki, which advertises itself proudly as an adult comedy, opens with a politician who wants to become Chief Minister by bombing… something. I have to make a confession here. I am not going to be able to give you any specifics, for […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

“Spyder”… A pretty decent god-vs-demon tale,with a solid hero and a spectacular villain

September 27, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/spyder-movie-review The pre-interval stretch of Spyder may be the best thing AR Murugadoss wrote and directed. It has the resonance of myth. We witness the birth of the villain, the birth of Evil, in a graveyard — a cut whisks us from the wails of […]

Interview: Santosh Sivan

September 26, 2017

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Coming on Thursday. My chat with Santosh Sivan. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult QUOTES FROM THE INTERVIEW “I like big films… You are in the midst of mass people.” “I don’t need to do much to make Mahesh Babu look good.” “Thuppakki was the first time we used digital cameras.” “With Thalapathy, […]