Browsing All Posts filed under »Cinema: Hindi«

Interview: The heroines of the ‘Queen’ remakes

January 20, 2019


#Tamannaah Bhatia, #KajalAggarwal & #ParulYadav who star in the South remakes of Kangana Ranaut’s #Queen, Paris Paris in Tamil, That is Mahalakshmi in Telugu & Butterfly in Kannada speak to Anupama Chopra about the process and challenges involved with simultaneously shooting four films in different languages, the cultural nuisances they had to factor in while […]

“Uri: The Surgical Strike”… Not so much a war movie as a ‘Hukumat’-style revenge drama, but it works

January 17, 2019


Spoilers ahead… Like the prelude to an orchestral score, the opening stretch of Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strike, lays out a leitmotif. It’s 2015. Soldiers of the Indian Army are travelling in a bus in the Northeast, when they hear an explosion. It appears to be a tyre, but it’s an ambush. Bullets and […]

“Simmba”… Ranveer Singh is ridiculously good in Rohit Shetty’s most focused film

January 14, 2019


Spoilers ahead… At the beginning of the Aankh maare music video in Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, Karan Johar pops up and declares, in mock horror, “Oh God, one more remix!”But of course, it isn’t just the song. The film is itself a remix — not just of the NTR Jr.-starring Temper, which it is based on, […]

“Zero”… This very literal flight of fancy is the year’s most audacious love story

December 23, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: In Aanand L Rai’s Zero, Shah Rukh Khan plays the vertically challenged Bauua Singh — though in one extraordinary scene, he seems to be playing himself. Earlier in the film, we have seen Bauua perform this trick. He begins counting down from ten — […]

“Kedarnath”… A generally watchable film whose scenery does more heavy-lifting than the screenplay

December 13, 2018


Spoilers ahead… I’m going to begin with the scene you expect in every story where an upper-class Hindu girl falls for a lower-class Muslim boy. The girl’s family finds out. They’re livid when they discover her in his house. Her father drags her away, but she isn’t kicking and screaming. She’s already been through a […]

Interview: Rajiv Menon

December 11, 2018


Rajiv Menon talks about being a dominant-caste filmmaker tackling a Dalit narrative in Sarvam Thaala Mayam, his relationship with the “musically modest” AR Rahman, and why the cinematography in Mani Ratnam’s “Bombay” is a milestone in his career. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

#AskBR – 2.0

December 5, 2018


In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Interview: PC Sreeram

December 4, 2018


My conversation with PC Sreeram in the “Journeys” series. (Ravi Varman featured in the previous – and first – episode). For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #61: Metacriticism – The difficulty of reviewing a movie in the digital age

December 2, 2018


I watched the Rajnikanth starrer “2.0” yesterday and now I’m faced with a very difficult question. What do I say when a friend asks me: “How was the film?” No one’s going to look for a detailed analysis of the visual effects or the strength of the screenplay or whether there was a focal character […]

The complicated moral universe of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ and Shankar’s ‘2.0’

December 1, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Or why films that attempt to deviate from the formula of the masala movie need much better writing. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen ‘2.0’… During the intermission of Shankar’s 2.0, I made a note: “complicated moral universe.” I didn’t talk much about it in my review, […]

“2.0”… Shankar’s by-now tedious formula is saved by his imagination and a spirited Superstar

November 29, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: A meme popped up on my Twitter timeline this morning, saying that Rajinikanth is the only actor in the world who’s been in four kinds of films: black-and-white, colour, animation and 3D. I thought up another meme after watching 2.0, Shankar’s follow-up to Endhiran. […]

Interview: Resul Pookutty

November 28, 2018


“The hardest sound @shankarshanmugh asked me to create in #2point0 was that of a sparrow dying. We know how humans die, but not birds.” “In Endhiran, we were scared to alter Rajini sir’s voice” My interview with sound wizard @resulp on @fcompanionsouth For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Every Shankar film, ranked

November 22, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Shankar wasn’t the first Tamil filmmaker to mix animation and live action in a song sequence. SP Muthuraman got there with the Rajinikanth-starrer Raja Chinna Roja, in 1989. But see the two music videos today, and you see the difference between a safe, efficient filmmaker and […]

Interview: Karan Johar

November 20, 2018


Karan Johar talks to Baradwaj Rangan about how Aditya Chopra introduced him to the cinema of Mani Ratnam. He talks about how different things would have been had he presented SS Rajamouli’s Ega in the North. Talking about 2.0, he says it’s going to have one of the biggest openings of Indian cinema and why […]

Readers Write In #60: Thugs of Hinduston is a fantastic tribute to Masala cinema and its leading men

November 19, 2018


On why thugs of Hindostan is no lazy rehash of the masala formula , but a well constructed modern tribute that echoes back to best of the genre. Thugs of Hinduston has flopped badly at the box office. Neither the big star cast, nor the lucrative diwali weekend could save the film. The film critics […]

The man behind the Superstar

November 15, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A few thoughts on Rajinikanth’s Deepavali-day interview on Zee Tamil, an “event” that possibly rivals 2.0 because the Superstar so rarely meets the media. As he walks in, he looks like a benevolent family elder, bald and smiling and with kind eyes. He looks like he […]

Readers Write In #59: Is the film playing Kill-Marry-Hook Up with its female characters?

November 11, 2018


‘Kill-Marry-Hook Up’, for the uninitiated, is a conversation game where participants are presented with three names. They are then forced to map each name with exactly one option from ‘Kill’, ‘Marry’ or ‘Hook Up’. ‘Hook Up’ is usually replaced with a “profane” synonym, but let’s stick to the Koffee With Karan version of the title. […]

“Thugs of Hindostan”… A dull attempt at a masala potboiler that hopes star power will trump the script

November 9, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: There are three words in the title of Vijay Krishna Acharya’s new film, and at least two of them are wrong. Unless you count a small band of thuggees, who rob and kill travellers, the film has  no “thugs”. Aamir Khan’s Firangi Mallah is […]

Writing a piece on writing a piece on Kamal Haasan

November 7, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: On the multi-hyphenate’s 64th birthday, Baradwaj Rangan tries to make a list and gets meta (and how fitting is that, given this star)! I’ve just realised it’s tough to write a peg-less piece about Kamal Haasan. Well, there is a peg: his birthday. But it’s not […]

Readers Write In #58: Vada Chennai and Wasseypur: Rooting cinema with music

November 6, 2018


It’s been merely weeks since Vada Chennai released and the film is being talked about as a work that will go down in Tamil cinema as a milestone. Apart from solid writing, good camerawork and some stellar performances, there’s another factor that elevates the movie: The distinctive music. Criticism has risen about the way the […]