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Readers Write In #438: 63 Years Later, Kaagaz Ke Phool Still Looks Magnificent

January 26, 2022

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By Vikas Yadav Suresh Sinha (Guru Dutt) is a successful film director. His ecstatic fans surround him for an autograph, and the camera films their faces with a sliding motion, hinting that this obsession is unstable and fugacious. Indeed, this glittery stardom yields zero personal merriment. Suresh is separated from his wife and daughter (the […]

Readers Write In #433: Retro Movie Review: Hum Tum (2004)

January 3, 2022

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Retro Movie Review: Hum Tum (2004) By R. Kailasham ‘Was a long and dark DecemberFrom the rooftops I rememberThere was snow, white snow’Violet Hill, Coldplay Winter is delayed for the folks of Pittsburgh. I had traveled up the Duquesne Incline to see the city from an elevated vantage on New Years’ eve. The new year […]

Aanand L Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re’ (Akshay Kumar, Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan) is a wonderfully prickly love story that literalises the phrase “madly in love”

December 29, 2021

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Interview: Ranveer Singh (on ’83’, Bhansali, ‘Simmba’, etc.)

December 27, 2021

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Flaws and all, Kabir Khan’s ’83’ (Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone) is not so much a “movie” as a rousing memorial to a great event

December 25, 2021

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Readers Write In #431: ’83’

December 25, 2021

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(by Voldemort) In an early scene in 83, we see Kapil Dev (Ranveer Singh) and the Indian team administrator Man Singh giving a press conference (not really, there are only two people from the media). Kapil is asked condescendingly about their plans for the match, which he answers confidently with a smile on the face, […]

Readers Write In #430: Battle of the Sexes – A note about the misnomer, Uyire..

December 3, 2021

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(by Deepika Santhanakrishnan) A recent YouTube video on “Love through Mani Ratnam’s Eyes” by Netflix India stirred a debate in my friends WhatsApp group. The debate is on “Desperation through Opposite Gender’s Eyes”. And it goes something like this (slightly edited, without loss of generality): Guy: I am not asking you to watch the full […]

Readers Write In #428: The Puzzling Case of Kabir Singh: A Sociologist’s Take: Theoretical Vs Empirical

November 24, 2021

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(by S Srinivas) I was really piqued by the controversy generated by the movie “Kabir Singh”, and I wonder if I can use a sociologist’s lens to cast light on the issue.  A bit of background, when I was studying Sociology in the US, my professor once refused to pay any attention to my theories, […]

Interview: Madhavan (conducted for the India Film Project)

November 10, 2021

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Readers Write In #425: ‘VEER’ Sooryavanshi

November 9, 2021

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(by An Jo) Major Spoilers/Disappointments No intent of comparison to Hollywood or ANY claim of superior intelligence or ‘taste’. I love Suppandi No intent of bringing down the morale of the Hindi film industry No claim over ‘masala’ and English ‘Grammar’ When Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV, who is utterly unfit to view or understand commercial […]

Interview: Ravi Varman (who enters his third decade in the industry, picks ten favourite scenes)

November 8, 2021

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Readers Write In #420: On Sardar Udham Singh; and Sircar’s vicious tricks with his audience…

November 1, 2021

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(by An Jo) The initial texts that precede the start of this movie are in themselves a revelation as to what, and especially how, Sircar is willing and taunting the audience to rise up to the challenge of an uneven movie: History is dirty and muddled up isn’t it? Why would I make a ‘clean’ […]

Readers Write In #419: In Defense of DDLJ

November 1, 2021

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(by Aman Basha) A thought experiment in text, to find out who the bigger hack is; Adi Chopra for making this dishonest film? Or this author, for crafting a disingenuous defense? “I am the peddler of dreams” The Self-introduced Shah Rukh Khan, to an audience abroad.  He was lucky that it was 2017, for if […]

A few thoughts on Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winner Rajinikanth

October 25, 2021

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Readers Write In #416: Bullet Point Report – Sardar Udham

October 23, 2021

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(by Macaulay Perapulla) Long before Baradwaj Rangan became the film critic de rigeur of the average Indian cinephile, he mastered the rare art of writing delightful reviews that were couched in the most mundane typographical devices: Bullet Points. Back in his Indian Express days, when BR’s writings were the purist Rayar Mess for the Chennai […]

In Defence Of ‘Zero’ – kicking off a video series for Film Companion

September 29, 2021

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Interview: Mamta Mohandas / Prithviraj (‘Bhramam’)

September 28, 2021

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In ‘Thalaivii’, writer KV Vijayendra Prasad and Vijay refashion the Jayalalithaa story into a solid mythical melodrama, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami

September 8, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Vijay’s Thalaivi, starring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swami, is finally out in theatres after a very, very long time. And I must say that the film deserves the large screen. One reason I say this is because the film’s got scope, it’s got scale and it’s got grand production design. It looks fantastic on screen […]

Interview: Vijay Sethupathi (‘Laabam’,’Annabelle Sethupathi’,’Tughlaq Durbar’)

September 7, 2021

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Interview: Kangana Ranaut (‘Thalaivi’, plus her acting process)

September 6, 2021

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