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“Dream Girl”… Ayushmann Khurrana stars in an “Ayushmann Khurrana comedy” that’s his lamest one yet

September 13, 2019

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The director, who’s from television, doesn’t want ‘people’. He is content with flat, sitcom-style cartoons and poke-in-the-ribs music. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/dream-girl-movie-review-by-baradwaj-rangan-ayushmann-khurrana-nusrat-barucha/ In 1977, Pramod Chakravorty made a movie titled after what the nation had nicknamed Hema Malini: Dream Girl. It was about a woman who […]

“Chhichhore”… Some mild amusement cannot redeem a slapdash bunch of friendship clichés

September 12, 2019

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All the A-for-apple screenplay wants to do is comfort us with clichés — say, the fact that friends you have lost touch with over the years will drop everything and land up the minute you reach out to them, even if they are in faraway lands. Spoilers ahead… Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore feels like a drawing-board […]

“After your mid-30s, politics and social issues become important”

September 4, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/gitanjali-rao-interview-bombay-rose-venice-international-film-festival-2019-baradwaj-rangan Gitanjali Rao and Deborah Sathe talk about ‘Bombay Rose’, and films from India that can work on the international stage. To o explain why she likes the path less taken, Gitanjali Rao brings up her “commie upbringing”, thanks to Konkani-Gujarati parents who ran off and got […]

“Bombay Rose”… Gitanjali Rao’s first animated feature is a lovely ode to the city, its rains, its films, its cats…

September 3, 2019

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The animation is lovely. I’d say “spectacular”, but that’s too big, too technological-sounding a word, something you’d use for a Pixar movie, with its banks of gleaming computers. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-fim-festival-2019-bombay-rose-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ The Critics’ Week sidebar section of the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival […]

FC @ Venice 2019 – Full coverage

August 29, 2019

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Read the coverage at Film Companion (links below)… 1: BOMBAY ROSE https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-fim-festival-2019-bombay-rose-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ 2: AD ASTRA https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-ad-astra-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ 3: JOKER https://www.filmcompanion.in/joker-movie-review-venice-international-film-festival-2019-joaquin-phoenix-baradwaj-rangan/ 4: Roman Polanski’s J’ACCUSE, plus VERDICT https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-roman-polanksi-jaccuse-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ 5: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s CHOLA https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-chola-shape-of-water-movie-review-sanal-kumar-sasidharan-baradwaj-rangan 6. EMA / MADRE / SOLE https://www.filmcompanion.in/venice-international-film-festival-2019-sole-movie-review-madre-baradwaj-rangan 7. Interview with GITANJALI RAO and DEBORAH SATHE https://www.filmcompanion.in/gitanjali-rao-interview-bombay-rose-venice-international-film-festival-2019-baradwaj-rangan 8. Martin Scorsese’s NEW YORK, NEW YORK, […]

Interview: Prabhas

August 28, 2019

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Creating a conversation around trans characters in cinema

August 27, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/creating-a-conversation-baradwaj-rangan-around-trans-characters-in-cinema/ A look at how ‘Super Deluxe’ depicts a trans character as neither villain nor saint, but as simply flawed and all-too-human. By now, I think it’s safe to say the “gay film” (i.e. films about two men in love or in a relationship) or the “lesbian […]

‘Nivin Pauly was scared… in a really good way’

August 26, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/nivin-pauly-was-scared-in-a-really-ood-way-geethu-mohandas-baradwaj-rangan/ Ahead of ‘Moothon’, which will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and MAMI, Geetu Mohandas talks about her movies and her methods. Let’s talk about the goat, I told Geetu Mohandas over the phone. Some of you may know the goat. It’s the goat […]

“Mission Mangal”… Vidya Balan is terrific in a cutesy movie that never rises above ‘watchable’

August 25, 2019

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Given the ‘heavy’ subject, you see why there’s so much emphasis on folksy colour, folksier humor. But the folksiness comes at a cost. Spoilers ahead… In recent years, Akshay Kumar has won a gold medal in hockey, made the country a safer place to shit in, ensured menstruation hygiene, warned us about the dangers of […]

Interview: Boney Kapoor

August 7, 2019

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Readers Write In #90: Why Kangana’s spat with the media is just what the doctor ordered

August 1, 2019

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(by PG Nair) Unless you have been living under a rock there is little chance that you have missed Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s confrontation with a media person Justin Rao during the promotions of her upcoming film ‘Judgemental Hai Kya’ and the subsequent ban of the artist by select sections of entertainment media. Kangana responded […]

Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 2

July 31, 2019

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“Judgementall Hai Kya”… Kangana Ranaut pulls out all the stops in a nuttily entertaining psycho-thriller

July 30, 2019

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The film is far more convincing as an art installation about a mental condition than as a whodunit, whydunit or did anyone indeed dunit in the first place! Spoilers ahead… The straight way to narrate the story of Judgementall Hai Kya is as follows: a young girl sees her mother as a victim of domestic […]

Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 1

July 29, 2019

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Readers Write In #89: Sreehari Nair and the mollycoddling of the art genius

July 25, 2019

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(by Madan Mohan) I have thus far avoided writing about Kabir Singh, specifically about the reactions to it, except in comments on existing threads, finding the discussions to be altogether too acrimonious.  However, I have changed my mind and for that, you may thank Sreehari Nair’s piece for rediff entitled “What’s so obscene about Kabir […]

FC Recco – ‘Directors’ Diaries: The Road to Their First Film’

July 18, 2019

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“Super 30.”… A smashingly effective story of a determined educator and his underprivileged wards

July 18, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… After a long time, or maybe for the first time ever, Hrithik Roshan comes across like a non-Greek non-God – a normal human, in other words. He’s thinner, darker, unmuscled. His unironed shirts and tees don’t cling to him. In Super 30, he plays Anand Kumar, the son of a postal worker and […]

Readers Write In #87: Why nepotism might be good for Indian cinema… and Kangana Ranaut (?)

July 14, 2019

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(by Sairam Yadavilli) It was the summer of 2016 and Paul Pogba had just moved back to Manchester United for a then world record fee of just under 90 million pounds. And it was the just the beginning of skyrocketing prices for half decent players. Now considered a steal, it was looked at with much […]

Interview: Pa Ranjith (on his cinema)

July 10, 2019

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#AskBR – Happy birthday, K Balachander

July 9, 2019

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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 ©2019 Film Companion.