Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban, with Suresh Ravi and Raveena Ravi: A chilling psychological drama about a man who stands up to the System

November 26, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/tamil-review/tamil-movies-kavalthurai-ungal-nanban-review-with-suresh-ravi-and-raveena-ravi-a-chilling-psychological-drama-about-a-man-who-stands-up-to-the-system-baradwaj-rangan-vetri-maaran/ There’s a lot of rock-solid writing by writer-director RDM. After what seems like ages, I watched a film that’s genuinely unpredictable, and not in a gimmicky way.  Spoilers ahead… At first, I thought Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban — presented by Vetri Maaran — was a psycho-thriller: as in, a thriller with a “psycho” killer on […]

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Interview: RDM / Vetri Maaran (Kavalthurai Ungal Nanban)

November 25, 2020

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Middle Class Melodies on Amazon Prime, with Anand Deverakonda and Varsha Bollamma: A charming slice of small-town life

November 25, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/telugu-review/middle-class-melodies-movie-review-amazon-prime-video-with-anand-deverakonda-and-varsha-bollamma-a-charming-slice-of-small-town-life-telugu-movies-baradwaj-rangan/ As in ‘Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya’, we are in a Malayalam movie-flavoured Telugu movie. The film feels like a warm embrace. Spoilers ahead… The opening stretch of Vinod Ananthoju’s Middle Class Melodies sets the narrative up like a dream. Over a black screen (the credits are on), we sense that we are in some […]

Interview: Anand Devarakonda, Varsha Bollamma, Vinod Ananthoju (Middle Class Melodies)

November 24, 2020

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Andhaghaaram on Netflix, with Arjun Das and Vinoth Kishan: An underwhelming thriller, but a top-notch show-reel

November 24, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/tamil-review/andhaghaaram-tamil-movie-review-netflix-an-underwhelming-thriller-but-a-top-notch-show-reel-arjun-das-vinoth-kishan-atlee-baradwaj-rangan/ Taken as a whole, the film is underwhelming, and yet, scene for scene, it’s some kind of spectacular. This is the arrival of a very real talent. Spoilers ahead… Andhaghaaram is the kind of thriller that pauses for a couple of seconds to gaze at smoke curling out of a cigarette. Some would call […]

Readers Write In #305: Mismatched On Netflix Is More Miss Than Match

November 22, 2020

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(by Vikas Yadav) Based on the novel “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon, the new coming-of-age romance on Netflix titled Mismatched is more miss than match. The USP here is clearly the lead Prajakta Koli, the MostlySane on YouTube, playing 17-year-old Dimple Ahuja with a love for Java and an ambition of developing apps. […]

Soorarai Pottru, The Motorcycle Diaries, and the truth-versus-fiction issue in biopics

November 21, 2020

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https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/soorarai-pottru-the-motorcycle-diaries-and-a-response-to-the-truth-versus-fiction-issue-in-biopics-9034831.html If you want the “truth” about Captain Gopinath or Che Guevara, go read books about them, or go watch documentaries. Soorarai Pottru — the “loosely inspired by” biopic of Air Deccan founder Captain GR Gopinath  — is the season’s hottest, most talked-about film, so let’s talk about a biopic about another socialist hero from […]

Readers Write In #304: Of radios and cigarette smoke

November 18, 2020

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(by Anu Warrier) “Lying in bed with the radio on Moonlight falls like rain Soft summer nights spent thinking of you When will I see you again?” So sang England Dan and John Ford Coley in Nights are forever without you. I grew up at a time when a radio had pride of place in […]

Readers Write In #303: The art of Arrival

November 18, 2020

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(by Shiva Prasad) Arrival opens with the camera slowly moving down, from the darkness of a ceiling to the brightness of a glass wall on a lake shore home. A silhouette of the dining table informs us, a couple probably drank wine and left midway. It feels like dawn. The blue hour. The transition from […]

Readers Write In #302: Samsaram Adhu Minsaram, and how age changes how this movie is viewed

November 18, 2020

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(by Sudharshan Garg) The movie bug bit me hard when I went to the first Laurel and Hardy movie as a 5 year old. Back then the Blue Diamond hotel (RIP) was the Satyam Cinemas of our day, talking about 1985-86. My uncle a lifelong movie aficionado (he was the room mate of Ravi K […]

Gemini Ganesan’s 100th birthday: The King of Romance held his own alongside MGR and Sivaji Ganesan

November 17, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/tamil-features/gemini-ganesans-100th-birthday-the-king-of-romance-held-his-own-alongside-mgr-and-sivaji-ganesan/ K Balachander and Sridhar were two filmmakers who used the actor in consistently challenging roles: he fit easily into them because his on-screen persona was like water, capable of taking the shape of the vessel. Most people today, when you speak of Gemini Ganesan, will probably remember him as ‘Mahanati’ Savitri’s husband. Or as […]

Readers Write In #301: Soorarai Pottru is a dignified star vehicle with sound performances

November 17, 2020

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(by Madhusudhan N) (Spoilers ahead) The opening scene of Soorarai Pottru reminded me of MS Dhoni: The untold story. The latter began with Dhoni walking out to bat in the 2011 Cricket World Cup finals. The film then cut to flashback that narrated the cricketer’s journey from the time he was bornand comes back to […]

#AskBR – Soorarai Pottru / Mookuthi Amman

November 16, 2020

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or talk about actors and directors… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

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Readers Write In #300: Karma Yoga and Jean-Pierre Melville

November 16, 2020

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(by Kartik Iyer) Vivekananda writes, “Work, but let not the action or the thought produce a deep impression on the mind”. He continues, “Therefore, be ‘unattached’; let things work; let brain centres work; work incessantly, but not let a ripple conquer the mind. Work as if you were a stranger in this land, a sojourner; […]

Sophia Loren transformed from glam star to great actor in Vittorio De Sica’s ‘Two Women’

November 15, 2020

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https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/sophia-loren-transformed-from-glam-star-to-great-actor-in-vittorio-de-sicas-two-women-9007801.html You could say the reason glamorous stars de-glam themselves is because, otherwise, nobody takes them seriously. It’s only when Sophia Loren plays a working mother that we sit up and say, “Oh wow, what a performance!” It’s Rome. It’s World War II. The film is Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women. Cesira (Sophia Loren) runs […]

Readers Write In #299: What about “Soorigal” when we are busy with Soorarai Pottru?

November 15, 2020

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(by S. Madhumithaa) Like the rest of the world, I watched Soorarai Potru (First Day- Middle of my Home Show). My favourite moment in the entire movie has kept me a little surprised the last two days. If a feeling stays with me for a while, I just write about it. There is this scene […]

Readers Write In #298: Soorarai Pottru viewed through the lens of VIP

November 14, 2020

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(by Amit) It had been a really long time since I had seen a Surya film. I was excited for SP. Sudha Kongara had mightily impressed everyone with Irudhi Suttru. This was also supposed to be Surya’s big comeback which it very well might still be. When I was watching Soorarai Pottru, I was often […]

Mookuthi Amman on Disney+ Hotstar: Nayanthara and RJ Balaji star in a misfire about our relationship with religion

November 14, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/tamil-review/mookuthi-amman-review-disney-hotstar-nayanthara-rj-balaji-a-misfire-about-our-relationship-with-religion-tamil-movies/ If Balaji wants to write a serious film about us and God, then that’s his prerogative. But this film, with its wild shifts in tone, never finds its footing. Spoilers ahead… Mookuthi Amman begins with an unexpected bit of lyricism, in a voiceover about how we know if God is happy with us, or […]

Readers Write In #297: In defense of Nehru

November 13, 2020

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(by G Waugh) “Kalam sir, please come back and save us” “Share if you want to see Dr.Kalam’s name in Indian rupee notes instead of Gandhi” The fact that there are postswith the above lines that populate social media every now and then, is one of the reasons why I was forced to write this […]

Interview: A Deepavali special with Lokesh Kanagaraj/RJ Balaji

November 13, 2020

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