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Readers Write In #287: Thoughts on SRK- the Star, the Actor

October 22, 2020


(by Aman Basha) As a beloved classic turns 25, a look at its lead, where he was, where he is and where I wish he would be It was my original intention to put up the piece I’d written on DDLJ the film itself, it was on the blog too for a brief while till […]

The best scene in Drishyam, as performed by Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Ajay Devgn, Venkatesh and Ravichandran

September 25, 2020


With Jeethu Joseph’s sequel in progress, here’s a flashback to how five different actors tackled the emotional confrontation at the end of the story. When they announced Drishyam 2, with the same team from the blockbuster original (director Jeethu Joseph, actors Mohanlal and Meena), I wondered where it would take the story of Georgekutty. Because […]

Cargo on Netflix, with Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi: A modest, well-made tale that’s both myth and science fiction

September 18, 2020


The film has a charming “actors in a modest set” feel that takes you back to old Doordarshan shows like Indradhanush or Space City Sigma, but with better lighting. Spoilers ahead… Some of the world-building in Arati Kadav’s Cargo might make you think we are in the realm of myth. The earth’s humanoid beings are […]

Interview: (IPL Special) Dinesh Karthik on cinema

September 17, 2020


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Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj: Once upon a time there lived a ghost… (cue theme music by Anirudh)!

September 16, 2020


A single tweet (#EvanendruNinaithaai, #KamalHaasan232) has shattered the notion that Kamal will only work with “yes men” directors, and not with new-gen filmmakers who have a very clear vision. For a while now, there has been some speculation that Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj would be coming together for a movie. I even got first-hand […]

Sadak 2 on Disney+ Hotstar, with Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur: A disaster at every conceivable level

September 15, 2020


The only success of the film is that it becomes a powerful tool for anyone who wants to battle nepotism. I mean: Mahesh Bhatt’s younger daughter plays the heroine in the sequel to a film which featured Mahesh Bhatt’s older daughter… Spoilers ahead… When people howled that Sadak 2 was a dog, I felt it […]

Readers Write In #267: “Kya karein kya na karein” (Rangeela) : More than a helpless lover’s song

September 10, 2020


(by Ankit Sinha) Film songs work best when a song says the unsaid, when it fills up for the limits of ordinary conversation. And Munna finds himself the epitome of this conundrum. At the beginning of the song, he berates himself in the effect of alcohol for his lack of courage, and soon people from […]

Dabangg turns 10, as does ‘Munni badnaam hui’: Remembering 10 songs down the decade that make you miss the big screen

September 10, 2020


Raise your hand if you like watching good, old-fashioned naach-gaana stretches in a cinema hall! Here’s a one-per-year list of these spectacles. Feel free to add your favourites. Let’s get one thing out of the way. This isn’t about memorable songs that have stood the test of time and will echo over our lonely planet […]

The spirit of Rangeela, at 25: A still-colourful fantasy from Ram Gopal Varma, AR Rahman Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar

September 8, 2020


At a macro level, there’s literally nothing you can sense at a one-line level and say, “Wow, this is going to be huge.” But the beautiful “micro” touches make the movie. You don’t associate the word “benign” with Ram Gopal Varma. You associate it with someone like Sooraj Barjatya, whose Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! had […]

Chat Masala #6: Vijay Deverakonda interview

September 1, 2020


“You can pay money to get a film written off”- Vijay Deverakonda is on Chat Masala with Anupama Chopra and Baradwaj Rangan telling us what he learnt from the failure of World Famous Lover, why he wants to do films that are more and more “review proof’ and why his dog Storm has his own […]

Class of ‘83 on Netflix, with Bobby Deol: A gritty thriller that finds clever little ways to rise above its generic premise

August 29, 2020


The film is deeply moral about the broader sense of good-versus-evil, but it does not cast judgement on whether these encounters were “right”. Spoilers ahead… Atul Sabharwal’s Aurangzeb played like a mashup of Hindi cinema before it became “Bollywood”. It brought to mind Trishul, Don, Deewar… If you sensed a Bachchan connection there, let me […]

Modernism by Other Means

August 29, 2020


A plug for Srikanth Srinivasan’s book: MODERNISM BY OTHER MEANS, about the filmmaker Amit Dutta. Srikanth is a deeply thoughtful commentator on cinema, and his book fills an important gap in writing about Indian cinema. I thought his book would be of interest to many readers of this blog. Link for the Kindle e-book: Link […]

Ashmita Guha Neogi’s CatDog: The only Indian film in the Cannes 2020 list

August 25, 2020


A conversation with the FTII alum, whose short film was one of 13 narrative films and four animated films chosen for Cinéfondation 2020, from 1,952 works submitted by film schools from all over the world. Spoilers ahead… CatDog is a 20-minute film about siblings — older sister, younger brother — who face imminent separation. The […]

Interview: Sandeep Reddy Vanga

August 24, 2020


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Readers Write In #250: “All my parents were interested in was having sex all the time”

August 23, 2020


(by Anu Warrier) I typed this sentence on my office computer and sat back, not knowing what I was going to write. My brain was awhirl. Just three months into my training period at a leading newspaper, I had been thrown into the deep end almost immediately. I’d no background in journalism then, no idea […]

Is Prabhas India’s first legit PAN Indian star?

August 20, 2020


Baradwaj Rangan and Vishal Menon speak about Prabhas, his three big-ticket announcements, and the changing landscape for stars from The South. Excerpts VM: Yesterday, they announced Adipurush, another big Prabhas film, his third during the lockdown after Radhe Shyam and that film with Deepika Padukone. This one seems even bigger, that too in 3D, and it will be directed by Om Raut, who made Tanhaji. At […]

Readers Write In #245: Mani Ratnam walks into a classroom

August 17, 2020


(by Mysore Vivek) (This story is set in a fictitious world) It’s the early 1980s and teacher Mani Ratnam (MR) has taken a big decision. Excited to announce his life’s next major step, he walks into a packed and vociferous class of Inner Voices (let’s call them IVs). IVs in chorus: GOOD MORNING, SIR! MR: […]

#AskBR – 45 years of Rajini-ism

August 13, 2020


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: Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl on Netflix, with Janhvi Kapoor: A rousing biopic that honours its subject while also humanising her

August 10, 2020


Pankaj Tripathi and Janhvi Kapoor form a terrific father-daughter team that becomes the emotional core of a beautifully written drama. Spoilers ahead… Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena is the first woman IAF officer to go to war, the only woman to be part of the Kargil War, the first woman to be awarded the Shaurya Chakra… […]

Interview: Siva Ananth (Masterclass on what an ‘executive producer’ does)

August 7, 2020


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