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#AskBR – On K Balachander (90th birthday special)

July 10, 2020

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

July 7, 2020

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

July 5, 2020

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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 […]

Panel discussion on K Balachander

July 5, 2020

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250k subscribers

June 5, 2020

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250k subscribers for Film Companion South. A big deal for a small team. Thank you SO much. Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Girmit, with the voices of Yash and Radhika Pandit, is on SUN NXT: A rewind of this entertaining “mass” movie by Ravi Basrur, with a cast of kids

May 14, 2020

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The film is serious — but because the actors are all children, there’s also the sense of the film winking at us. It’s the Flipkart advertisement ethos, expanded to feature length. Spoilers ahead… Most “mass” movies are so slave to formula that the question while making one isn’t “what do I make?” as much as […]

Alidu Ulidavaru, with Ashu Bedra and Sangeetha Bhat, is on Amazon Prime: A rewind of Arvind Sastry’s horror-thriller, which could have used more tension

May 6, 2020

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The interval point is crazy — I mean, good-crazy. Remember the interval point of Kahaani? This is that level of crazy. But the rest of it doesn’t quite add up. Spoilers ahead… Arvind Sastry’s Alidu Ulidavaru opens with two men on a bike approaching a house. They look like they are part of a food-delivery […]

‘Dia’, by KS Ashoka, builds its world very consistently (major spoilers ahead)

March 17, 2020

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One of the best things about the film’s writing is that I never imagined I would be rooting for a couple that’s different from the one I was rooting for in the first half-hour, writes FC Reader Hariharasudhen Nagarajan Spoilers ahead… What exactly is world-building in screenwriting? It means creating rules in any world (contemporary […]

Film Companion South turns 3!

March 1, 2020

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The Rakshit Shetty-starring ‘Avane Srimannarayana’ is exhilarating, exhausting, and filled with gonzo visual imagination

February 5, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/avane-srimannarayana-the-rakshit-shetty-starrer-is-exhilarating-exhausting-and-filled-with-gonzo-visual-imagination/ Despite this “let’s toss everything into the cauldron and keep the pot boiling” approach to narrative, the storytelling has a tonal purity. The film is one of a kind — it also looks all of a piece. Spoilers ahead… Every once in a while, we get […]

200k subscribers

January 29, 2020

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Readers Write In #118: Why Kamal is not an actor

November 30, 2019

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(by Ramamoorthi N, written on his Facebook page a few years ago) In the small Railway town I grew up, my mother (God bless her soul) would dress in a dotted saree and dark “cooling” glasses whenever she stepped out of home, thus creating the effect of one of the many middle aged heroines the […]

“Gantumoote”… Roopa Rao’s drama about a sensitive schoolgirl is exquisitely directed and enacted

October 25, 2019

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The director is more interested in character than event, and she practically holds up an X-ray of her heroine’s soul. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kannada-gantumoote-movie-review-roopa-rao-baradwaj-rangan-teju-belawadi-sharath-gowda-nischith-korodi/ The English translation of Gantumoote, written and directed by Roopa Rao, is “Bag Age” — it’s about a schoolgirl, Meera (Teju Belawadi). […]

“Munirathna Kurukshetra”… Darshan and Arjun star in a thoroughly mediocre take on the epic

August 21, 2019

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There’s not one actorly or directorly moment — there’s not one human moment. There is, however, plenty of unintentional comedy.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kurukshetra-movie-review-darshan-naganna-3d/ Whatever the other achievements of Munirathna Kurukshetra, directed by Naganna, it’s probably the world’s first film to have its producer’s name in […]

FC Recco: ‘Harivu’

August 14, 2019

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Interview: Boney Kapoor

August 7, 2019

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The biggest trends in the four southern industries in the past 5 years

July 25, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-turns-5/trends-in-southern-industries.html This period has seen some landscape-altering developments in the cinema of the four southern states. A look at the breakout talents of this movement. In Telugu cinema, it was the return of the mega-movie, thanks to the mind-boggling success of Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and its […]

#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.

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 […]

FC Recco – ‘Ondu Motteya Kathe’

May 9, 2019

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