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

July 18, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Ym39kMJD0 Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

“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.

Readers Write In #85: The Dancer Upstairs, and the Actor Beneath….

July 7, 2019

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(by An Jo) An engineering back-ground warrants me to put in certain key pre-conditions: I understand, read, and write [write to varying degrees] only 4 languages: Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, English, Urdu. I can speak some broken Punjabi and understand it. 2. I do not understand languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. [In other words, apart […]

“Article 15.”… A well-intentioned, well-crafted drama about caste that needed to dig deeper

July 2, 2019

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Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article-15-movie-review-ayushmann-khurrana-baradwaj-rangan Spoilers ahead… O ne of the biggest challenges of writing for our cinema is in crafting the interval block, which should cap off everything that came earlier (it should be a mini-climax, so to speak), and also leave you with enough emotion to tide you across […]

Readers Write In #81: A Fantastic Journey, a Fascinating New Road Ahead: #27GoldenYearsOfSRK

June 28, 2019

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(by Aman Basha) June 25, 1992. A young man jumped onto Indian screens in a bike, crooning about wanting someone who would love him. The movie was Deewana. Although it was the star showcase of the beautiful and tragic Divya Bharti, attention quickly fell on that fellow driving the bike. Very few debutantes know how […]

Readers Write In #80: Love in the Time of Woke-ness

June 27, 2019

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(by Tauseef Shahidi) Woke-ness, which was supposed to be an esoteric label, like other such labels, has not only been democratised but alsomischievously as well as maliciously co-opted by a set of people infected with self-righteousness. For these reasons, it is no longer seen as a progressive label. But just because something has been abused […]

Readers Write In #79: Kabir Singh and everything wrong with our film industry… and our feminists

June 27, 2019

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(by Sairam Yadavilli) I had waited a week too long. The movie was doing extraordinarily well, acclaimed by both critics and audiences. As I sat to watch the grand spectacle unfold on the large screen, with a large coke in my hand – actually scratch that. I was on a diet and I had just […]

Readers Write In #78: Kabir Singh (Arjun Reddy), a Rorschach test

June 25, 2019

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(by Vineet Kuruvilla) I read an article in HuffPost India, Kabir Singh’s Success Dismantles Our False Illusion of Wokeness. This is a response to it. But before I dive into a response to the article, I want to state that I haven’t seen Kabir Singh. I have only watched the original Arjun Reddy. The author […]

#AskBR – Arjun Reddy / Kabir Singh

June 25, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

#AskBR – Game Over (with the producer and director)

June 19, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ , starring Ajith Kumar, may be the most important movie of the year

June 19, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/nerkonda-paarvai-starring-ajith-kumar-may-be-the-most-important-movie-of-the-year-pink-baradwaj-rangan/ Kollywood’s ‘Pink’ remake has the potential to change the heroine on screen as well as the hero off it. On the surface, the trailer of Nerkonda Paarvai, the Pink remake directed by H Vinoth and starring Ajith Kumar, points to yet another movie a big star/hero […]

Remembering Girish Karnad the director, the actor

June 17, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/remembering-girish-karnad-the-director-the-actor/ From ‘Kaadu’ and ‘Ondanondu Kaladalli’ to ‘Nishant’ and ‘Swami’, one of India’s greatest playwrights made a huge contribution to Indian cinema. If Girish Karnad’s passing weren’t sad enough, the headlines about the “Tiger Zinda Hai actor passing away” were sadder. I suppose the logic was that […]

“Game Over”… Enjoyable, fabulously twisty, and a bona fide original

June 13, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/game-over-movie-review-the-enjoyable-fabulously-twisty-game-over-starring-taapsee-pannu-is-a-bona-fide-original-baradwaj-rangan/ Oh, a serial-killer movie! That’s what I thought during the vicious opening scenes of Ashwin Saravanan’s fabulously twisty Game Over. The creepy camerawork by A Vasanth sustains this impression, with grainy images and a handheld vibe. Like in Michael Powell’s seminal voyeur-thriller Peeping Tom […]

Interview: Taapsee Pannu

June 8, 2019

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‘Ode to My Father’ is an important reminder that sentimental, manipulative mainstream cinema isn’t just our thing

June 7, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/korean-film-ode-to-my-father-is-an-important-reminder-that-manipulative-mainstream-cinema-just-isnt-our-thing-6772451.html You should watch Ode to My Father, the 2014 South Korean melodrama which is the basis of the Salman Khan-starrer, Bharat. When we talk about films from other countries, there’s usually a strain of “Look, even <insert name of country> makes such great films. But we keep […]

“Bharat”… Salman Khan revisits Indian history in an underwhelming wannabe-saga

June 6, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/bharat-movie-review-salman-khan-katrina-kaif-ali-abbas-zafar-baradwaj-rangan Well into the second half of Bharat, the eponymous protagonist (Salman Khan, at his muscliest) finds himself on a merchant navy vessel. Before you can say Captain Phillips, they are attacked by Somali pirates. The crew turns on the water cannons, but no luck. […]

“De De Pyaar De”… Maddeningly inconsistent, but not without its moments

June 4, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… In De De Pyaar De, 50-year-old Ajay Devgn plays a 50-year-old named Ashish, a super-successful businessman in London. Rakul Preet Singh plays the exuberant Ayesha, who’s half Ashish’s age. She sleeps over at his house after getting drunk at a party, wakes up the next morning and assumes they had sex. When he […]