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“Mercury”… Even in his slightest film so far, Karthik Subbaraj proves he’s one of our most exciting writer-directors

April 19, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: With Karthik Subbaraj, we expect a twist, so here’s one from his new film, Mercury: the title card that dedicates this film to all silent films, from Raja Harischandra to Pushpak. The twist is that Mercury isn’t like any of those earlier silent films. […]

“Blackmail”… Wicked, well-acted, well-made, but something gets lost along the way

April 17, 2018


Spoilers ahead… A lot of us assumed that the writer Akshat Verma was responsible for the scatalogical strains in Delhi Belly — especially given that Verma’s directorial debut, Kaalakaandi, was filled with similar obsessions. But the Delhi Belly director, Abhinay Deo, appears to be similarly inclined. Dev (Irrfan Khan), the protagonist of Deo’s new film, […]

“October”… A fascinating attempt that’s easier to admire from a distance than embrace wholeheartedly

April 17, 2018


Spoilers ahead… How do you show the transformation of a man without actually showing the transformation — or without showing what his “before” state is, so we know how much he’s changed by observing him in the present day? That’s the daunting challenge (director) Shoojit Sircar and (writer) Juhi Chaturvedi take up in their latest, […]

Cannes 2018, Netflix, Orson Welles, Nandita Das’s Manto and #MeToo

April 16, 2018


Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Does the distribution model determine what cinema is? The ongoing war between Netflix and the Cannes film festival – which recently announced its line-up for the coming edition (more on that later) – has brought this question to the forefront. Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux said, “Any […]

The contentious nature of the National Awards

April 14, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Musings on the country’s most prestigious film awards – and this is not about whether X deserved to win over Y. Another year. Another set of arguments over the National Awards. For instance: Did Sridevi deserve Best Actress? Indeed, under normal circumstances, would her performance in […]

“Baaghi 2.”… Some nice action surrounded by an unbelievable amount of imbecility

April 2, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Tiger Shroff, who plays Ronnie in Baaghi 2, is often accused of being a non-actor, but that just means you’re looking at the movement of his facial muscles. His school of acting is more about the ripple of skin across the latissimus dorsi as Ronnie is stripped in a police station and beaten […]

“Hichki”… A gritty subject gets diluted into a mild, well-performed diversion

March 26, 2018


Spoilers ahead… When we first see Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji), in Hichki, she’s waiting to interview for the position of a teacher. She’s shaking her feet and tapping her pen furiously on her folder of certificates. When she’s called in, more signs of nervousness appear. She makes hiccuping sounds. She keeps hitting the underside of […]

“Raid”… A solid premise ruined by a total lack of feel for masala filmmaking

March 23, 2018


Spoilers ahead… At what point did I give up on Raid? I think it was when Amay Patnayak (Ajay Devgn), an upright IT officer (more about his uprightness, later), gets a mysterious phone call that promises a black money-related tip-off at a temple. When Amay tells his wife, Malini (Ileana D’Cruz), where he’s headed, she […]

“3 Storeys”… A confidently narrated anthology movie where the tale comes before the twist

March 15, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Among the many small pleasures of Arjun Mukerjee’s 3 Storeys is the bustling chawl setting. Someone’s always doing something: shelling peas, or rehearsing for a dance, or flirting with the shopkeeper’s son, or staring at a police van hauling away a delinquent even as a wedding is in progress. (The bride and groom […]

“Hate Story IV”… Like Mastizaade grabbing a quickie with Mughal-e-Azam, but even worse

March 15, 2018


Spoilers ahead… The latest instalment in the Hate Story franchise is titled Hate Story IV, which instantly begs the question: Why the Roman numeral when the preceding films were simply numbered “2” and “3”? Isn’t this going to prove cumbersome when the eighteenth chapter rolls along? (And you know there’s going to be an eighteenth […]

The Amateur’s Art #35 – Khabt (Hindi, with English subs)

March 11, 2018


See here for what this series is about. This film came from Ashish Sharma, with this note: This is Ashish Sharma, a student short filmmaker based in Delhi. I study biology at Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi. Short Filmmaking has been my hobby since school times. After So many attempts, the film, I am sharing with […]

#AskBR – Sridevi

March 9, 2018


A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #35: Ageing With Films

March 5, 2018


My father, who is the chief reason behind my ardent love for films, has stopped going to the theatres. My problem doesn’t end there. Once a passionate collector of movie DVDs, it is clearly evident that he has lost the interest in spending an evening at home watching his favourite film. It pains me when […]

“Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”… Another Luv Ranjan film, aka some mild laughs buried in a mountain of misogyny

March 4, 2018


Spoilers ahead… Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a Luv Ranjan film, which is all the explanation you need, really. The man is his own genre: the battle-of-the-sexes “comedy,” topped with a longish rant by Kartik Aaryan. (We get one right at the beginning.) Ranjan’s films are ostensibly light, frothy entertainers but they make you […]

“Pari”… A rewarding slow-burn story that’s not a ‘horror movie’ so much as a horror-inflected drama about misfits

March 3, 2018


Spoilers ahead… The marketing department of Pari needs a rap on the knuckles. The tagline says “not a fairytale,” but given how the film has been publicised and positioned, it should really have said “not a horror movie.” There are a few jolt-scares, to be sure — slowly escalating sound effects leading to visuals like […]

Conversation with Karan Johar at Hindu Lit for Life

March 3, 2018


An Unsuitable Boy: Karan Johar in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan The Hindu Lit for Life 2018 was held on January 14, 15 & 16 at Sir Mutha Concert Hall, Chetpet, Chennai, India. For more information, follow us on Twitter at and Copyright ©2018 The Hindu.

“The delusion of the constant erection is what keeps the patriarchal society going”

February 27, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A note on Q’s ‘Garbage’, which premiered at the Berlin film festival, and an interview with the filmmaker. Q’s Garbage, the only Indian feature at this year’s Berlinale (it had its world premiere in the Panorama section), zooms in on subject matter worthy of the director’s provocative […]

Devi… Sridevi…

February 25, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A Madras boy remembers the actress, the star who could do everything every kind of director wanted her to do. G rowing up in the seventies and eighties, in Madras, meant you grew up with Sridevi. Actors and actresses, those days, made a ton of movies […]

Ten from the heart

February 14, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: In which I use a hi-tech method (okay, not so much) to come up with a list of love songs for Valentine’s Day.. Being asked to make a list (of songs, of films) for an occasion is one of the more nerve-wracking aspects of pop-culture writing. […]

“Padman”… Another patented Akshay Kumar “issue” movie, aka a broad, rousing crowd-pleaser

February 11, 2018


Spoilers ahead… As someone who enjoys the gimmicky premises in R Balki’s films, I was surprised by the opening portions of Pad Man – the director plays it safe, and dead-straight. The story is based on the amazing life of Arunachalam Muruganantham (reincarnated here as Lakshmikant Chauhan, played by Akshay Kumar), who invented a way […]