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#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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Shakuntala Devi on Amazon Prime Video, with Vidya Balan and Sanya Malhotra: A biopic whose conceits sound better on paper than they play out on screen

August 7, 2020


But inside these feminist milestones, what was this female really like? The characters cry out for flesh and blood, dimension and depth. Spoilers ahead… Shakuntala Devi was a Maths whiz who beat the world’s fastest computer. This is a fact most people know, but her personal life is a bit of a mystery. I don’t […]

Chat Masala #5: Making cinema a more equitable playing field

August 6, 2020


How can we make the movie industry a more equitable playing field? On Chat Masala, Anupama Chopra and Baradwaj Rangan get actors Richa Chadha and Shraddha Shrinath and filmmaker Kabir Khan to weigh in. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #237: If only feel goods feel this good (‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’)

August 4, 2020


(by Vikram MN) Wikipedia describes it a ‘Slice of life film’, a term I have never heard of, but has a nice tinge to it and in a way describes the whole film. It’s not an easy thing to make a feel-good film without feeling guilty of compromising something just for the sake of making […]

Raat Akeli Hai on Netflix, with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte: A classy murder mystery that works well despite some stumbles

August 1, 2020


Smita Singh’s screenplay takes on a lot, which is probably a good thing because the layers remain interesting even when the whodunit begins to sag. Spoilers ahead… This is the season of casting directors turned film directors. After Mukesh Chhabra’s Dil Bechara, we get Honey Trehan’s Raat Akeli Hai. The title took me back to […]

Readers Write In #234: Sushant Singh Rajput and AR Rahman

July 29, 2020


(by Reane Taara) On June 14th, 2020; Sushant Singh Rajput ‘allegedly’ took his own life. This created quite a stir. To the people of the South, he was reel life Dhoni,which meant he was as loved as MSD. The time he visited Chennai with MS is proof that he was accepted by the people here. […]

Readers Write In #232: A near perfect family drama

July 29, 2020


(by Vikram MN) In fact, its perfect family drama if you negate the fact that it happens in Coonoor but you can’t see a single south Indian or a single person who talks Tamil properly. If you gonna make a film sans authenticity why chose a place where none speak Hindi. It could have been […]

Dil Bechara on Disney+ Hotstar, with Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi: A watchable-enough romance that, at least on screen, offers a sense of closure to a tragedy

July 25, 2020


I suspect at least parts of ‘Dil Bechara’ play out better than ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, because this corny-sentimental register is something our cinema owns like a pro. (AR Rahman’s delicious soundtrack is icing on the gooey cake.) Spoilers ahead… When an actor leaves us in his prime, the films that release after his […]

Happy 70th birthday, Naseeruddin Shah (or “Naseer”, as I know him inside my head)

July 23, 2020


He’s just rolling a cigarette and listening a lot in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, and he still manages to paint a portrait of a complex, self-absorbed man who’s hard to hate even though he abandoned his son. In 2008, I spoke to a bunch of “multiplex-movie makers” about their predecessors from the 1970s and 80s, […]

Films may be on a break, but our obsession with film news clearly isn’t, thanks to Kangana Ranaut and Vanitha Vijayakumar

July 21, 2020


If we do want to fight Systemic inequality, why waste that fight on something as insignificant as the film industry, which has so little bearing on our daily lives?  This period was supposed to be a breather from the movies. A scary virus struck and locked the world down, and we were meant to be […]

Virgin Bhanupriya on ZEE 5, with Urvashi Rautela: A delicious treasure trove of delirious badness, with jokes about urinary infections and Rajinikanth’s bones

July 16, 2020


The heroine wears glasses. That’s movie-speak for “she’s a nerd”. The film’s plot is about her wanting to lose her virginity. (You thought the title referred to a mocktail?) Spoilers ahead… If I didn’t believe in the concept of poetic justice earlier, I do so now, after seeing that a film titled Virgin Bhanupriya exists […]

Dil Bechara

July 15, 2020


Bulbbul on Netflix, with Tripti Dimri and Avinash Tiwary: A SPOILER-filled look at this eerie drama that says witches are women, too

July 12, 2020


What we have here is a fever-dreamscape quasi-giallo movie, which transforms the pulp premise of a female vigilante into something very human and emotional and deeply mysterious. Spoilers ahead… Bulbbul is produced by Anushka Sharma’s production outfit (she runs it with her brother), and it shares a few similarities with another film from this company: […]

Saroj Khan: Breaking down the choreography that created hits for Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit

July 9, 2020


Like in our classical dance, the idea was to create a “movement” or a “step” that illustrated the lyric. This is the tradition Saroj Khan inherited, and she ran with it.  It’s no accident that Saroj Khan’s best-known dance choreography came in the Sridevi-Madhuri Dixit era. Indian mainstream cinema was still “Indian”, and not “Westernised”. […]

Interview: ‘Kavithalaya’ Krishnan on ‘K Balachander @ 90’

July 7, 2020


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Chat Masala #4: Fahadh Faasil interview

July 6, 2020


On this episode of FC Chat Masala, Fahadh Faasil tells us about his acting process, how he approaches stardom and whether he’d do a Hindi film. He also shares anecdotes about marrying his BANGALORE DAYS co-actor Nazriya Nazim Fahadh, and what he learnt from his break from cinema. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: […]

MS Sathyu: “Bal Thackeray wanted to see Garm Hava before release”

July 5, 2020


To celebrate the 90th birthday of the filmmaker, Bangalore International Centre asked me to be in conversation with him about his best-known work. Here are some excerpts. (The full video is below.) Sir, it is a pleasure to be doing this talk with you and congratulations on your 90th birthday. Before we begin talking about […]

Bhonsle on Sony LIV, with Manoj Bajpayee: A deeply felt portrait of a man, a god, and the limited usefulness of both

July 5, 2020


Compare Ganpat Bhonsle to Dr. Siras from ‘Aligarh’, and you’ll see how differently, how beautifully the actor plays the two men, who are similar in age. Spoilers ahead… Based on his recent work, Devashish Makhija’s film aesthetic appears to be a pulp sensibility that’s deeply rooted in the real. Both Ajji (2017) and Bhonsle — […]